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Grandparents may have custody rights in Utah

One point of contention among many families is deciding on who is most qualified to care for children when their parents split up. In a large number of Utah cases, the child's mother or father will be awarded physical custody of the child while the other parent will be awarded visitation. Both parents may be involved in making major decisions regarding the best interest of the child.

What should I do if my ex-spouse isn't paying child support?

When a couple with children separates, one parent will often get physical custody of the child while the other parent is required to pay child support every month to help with the child's expenses. However, some parents fall behind on their child support payments or just don't pay at all. If you find yourself in this situation, there are steps you can take to ensure that your children get the financial support they deserve.

Can there be child support modification in Utah?

For Utah couples who are no longer together but share a child, child support is an unavoidable and necessary issue that must be agreed upon. When the support agreement is completed, many parents might be under the impression that it cannot be changed. However, that is not always the case. It is possible for there to be a child support modification if the requirements for doing so are met. Understanding how this works and what the criteria is to make the change is key.

Important points about child support modification in Utah

When Utah parents share a child but are no longer together as a couple, in most cases the noncustodial parent will have to pay child support to the custodial parent. This is for the child's upkeep, medical care, living expenses and more. But with life as unpredictable as it is, there are times when circumstances such as income, employment status and other issues can change making it reasonable to request that there be an accompanying change to the amount that the parent pays or receives. This request can come from either. Having an understanding of important points toward this request is key before moving forward.

What happens if a party fails to obey a court order?

Accountability is important for Salt Lake City residents, particularly when someone else has done something improper against them. In the legal system, there are certain ways to hold others accountable for their actions, and certain methods which should not be pursued.

New Utah bill proposes that sex offenders pay child support

The legal system can be complex and confusing for Salt Lake City residents to understand. What seems like a simple, straightforward issue can involve nuances and complications that leave the result anything but clear in certain cases. What's more, the law is constantly changing, as new laws are introduced in the legislature that change the way things are done, while courts interpret the existing laws in different ways depending on the circumstances of each case.

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