Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law

February 2013 Archives

Utah legislators seek to open up adoptions

In the eyes of the state, the preferred place of residence for most children is with their parents or guardians. While that is the ideal, it is not the reality as many children are placed under the care of the state. Those children are placed in a foster care program, with the hopes that loving and supportive families will pursue an adoption of the children. Even when placed with a loving family, the children still may have an urge to see their biological parents; and a proposed bill is looking to make it easier for adopted children to do so.

Bill would give children a voice in divorce proceedings

When a couple decides to divorce, it is often vary hard on the children. During a divorce, the wishes and concerns of the children are often overlooked or ignored in favor of the court's reasoning as to what is in the child's best interest. Parents have the ability to work out agreements between themselves, with the court's approval, but those agreements usually reflect the parent's wishes and not the child's.

Children returned to custody of father after ex-wife found dead

The death of a parent is likely one of the hardest things for a child to deal with, especially when that parent was a victim of foul play. In cases where the victim was the custodial parent, issues of child custody will likely ensue. This can place the surviving parent at odds with the children's grandparents and, in some cases, even the state, as a court must often make a determination regarding what is in the best interests of the child.

Utah looking for ways to reunite troubled families

The ideal setting for most children is in a loving home with parents who look out for their wellbeing. However, this ideal setting is nothing more than a fantasy for many children, who have been removed from their homes. While government has always been cautious when it comes to taking custody of children away from parents, it does so if a determination is made that it is in the best interest of the child. Utah is seeking to introduce a bill that may create a path for some parents to be reunited with their children.

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