The Types of Child Custody in Utah

Custody disputes can be contentious and emotionally fueled; you are fighting for custody of your child, after all. But there are several different types of custody. So before you sign anything or make any agreements about a custody arrangement, be sure to educate yourself in the different types of child custody in Utah.

Here at the Alder Law Group, we believe that even the most disputed custody battles can end amicably. These disputes are often harder on the child than they are the parents, and resolving these situations in a nonconfrontational manner can make it easier on everyone. Before you present a custody agreement to your former partner or spouse, let us fill you in on the different types of child custody.

Legal and Physical Custody

There are two main types of child custody, legal and physical. The ideal situation for your child will depend on many factors and variables. The child’s age should be taken into account as well as their relationship with both parents.

Legal custody gives the parent the right and responsibility to make any decision about the way the child is raised. This includes decisions like schooling options, medical and healthcare decisions, and even the child’s religious upbringing.

Physical custody, on the other hand, determines where the child will reside. Often times, the child will have a lot of say in which parent they live with since the decision directly affects their daily life.

While legal and joint custody can be difficult decisions, there are ways to make them easier. For example, there are a few different ways legal and physical custody can be shared between parents.

Sole, Joint, and Split Custody

Both physical and legal custody arrangements can be difficult on either parent, however, there are ways to make this easier on everyone. Legal and physical custody can be shared between parents in two different ways: joint custody and split custody.

Joint custody is an agreement where both parents have say in their child’s future. Joint legal custody grants both parents a say in decisions like the child’s schooling, religious upbringing, and any healthcare or medical needs. This can often become contentious, however, usually in the case of the child’s religious upbringing. This is especially prevalent in Utah.

Joint physical custody allows both parents to spend equal time with their child. In this circumstance, the child will split his or her time between both parents residences. This arrangement requires a good relationship between both parents in order to work well.

Split custody is only applicable if there is more than one child. One child will spend the majority of their time with one parent and the other child will primarily reside with the other. This, however, is often difficult on the children since they spend far less time with their siblings than they would otherwise.

Sole custody, on the other hand, grants only one parent the custody rights. The other parent usually receives visitation rights, unless there is a circumstance where this is not ideal.

Get Custody of Your Child in Utah

If you are in the midst of a custody dispute, having a quality legal team on your side can make all the difference. Contact the Alder Law Group here or call us at 801.463.2600 if you require our family law services.