One of the biggest myths of divorce is that it signals the end of a relationship. If you have children, that is simply not the case. The best interests and the welfare of your kids should always be a priority. Both parents will need to participate in the process. One of the most complex issues with divorce is child custody. Salt Lake City is home to countless people currently involved in divorce and seeking the best solutions for custody of the their children. My name is Christopher M. Ault and I am a Salt Lake City child custody attorney. The legal team at The Ault Firm is fully committed to helping clients resolve their child custody issues and place them and their children in the best position to succeed.
How to Determine Child Custody in Salt Lake City
Child custody can often get messy. It can often lead to terrible conflicts and acrimonious feelings on both sides. Children are often the biggest victims. When it comes time to determine child custody, there are rarely happy endings to these cases. To determine child custody, Utah courts focus on what is in the child’s best interests. But not all cases are the same. In many instances, one parent may receive sole custody. In other cases, parents may receive joint custody and are required to comply with time-share arrangements. To determine child custody in Salt Lake City, Utah courts will take several key factors into consideration including:
- The court will measure each parent’s ability to make their child’s welfare and looking after their best interests as a top priority.
- Each parent will be judged on how well they are willing to support a relationship between their children and their former spouse.
- The court will measure each parent’s level of competency in raising their children prior to the divorce.
- The court will take into consideration where each parent lives.
- If the child is mature enough to make their own decision, the court will consider their preference.
- Any history of child abuse or domestic violence
The Basics of Child Custody in Salt Lake City
Because each client is different, the legal team at The Ault Firm P.C. will closely examine your situation to determine your best legal options. There are two general types of child custody cases in Utah–legal child custody and physical child custody. Legal custody involves the parent’s right to participate in the decision-making process of the child’s upbringing, education and medical care. It is in the best interest of everyone involved to avoid a bitter child custody battle. Avoid making any disparaging comments about your spouse, particularly in front of the children. Each parent needs to willingly contact their former spouse to make decisions about their child’s medical issues and education. Physical custody is a broad term that describes where the child will live. There are several different arrangements and options that can be used, depending on what the court believes is in the best interest of the children.