Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law

Child Custody Archives

Negotiating child support when the parents share custody

Utah parents who have ended their relationship and are negotiating child custody should be aware of how joint parenting and child support work in relation to each other. They should also consider that there are three aspects of custody that they must negotiate for as they work toward a fair, sustainable custody and support settlement.

Preparing for a child custody case

When Utah parents decide to divorce or end their relationships, they may not know what to expect when they enter the child custody system. The idea of going to court to determine the future caregiver of a child can be intimidating and confusing. However, by preparing for a child custody hearing, parents can put plans in place so that they can achieve their desired outcomes. It is important for a person who is seeking custody to be aware of and ready for a court hearing, including dressing appropriately, being prepared to present positive testimony and readying relevant arguments.

Legal custody is an important part of supporting one's children

The right to spend time with one's own children is often taken for granted by Salt Lake City parents. It may not be until divorce or separation forces them to establish a new home and share their kids with their former partner that they realize how precious those moments with their children really are. When working through child custody matters parents sometimes fixate on how much time they will actually have with their children under their physical control.

Child custody visitation schedules should be well thought out

Child custody and child visitation can be one of the most important aspects of any divorce. Child custody and visitation agreements, of course, have an impact on the relationship the parents have with their children which is why it is important for it to be carefully considered. The family law system seeks to help couples reach a divorce settlement that is best for their futures and in the best interests of their children following divorce which is why child custody is an important long-term consideration for both parents and children.

What are parental relocation laws?

Parental relocation can be a significant child custody concern and many parents may have questions about it. Parents may wonder in what circumstances parental relocation that impacts custody will be allowed. Without an agreement, a custodial parent's desire to relocate with the child can be a significant concern if the non-custodial parent opposes the relocation. If the parents are unable to agree on the request to relocate with the child, the family law court will determine if the relocation is in the best interests of the child.

Key points to remember about parenting time

After a Utah couple has chosen to end their relationship and move on, children can be a major concern. Sharing a child is a difficult situation when the parents are no longer together and the best interests of the child are paramount. There are certain points that the parents must bear in mind as the process moves forward.

How can I modify my child custody arrangement?

When you first get divorced in Utah, the court will likely approve a child custody plan to ensure that your children are properly taken care of. The plan will specify physical custody and legal custody issues so that both parents know where the child will stay primarily, and who will be able to be make various decisions regarding the child, such as decisions regarding schooling, activities and health care. The plan will specify parenting time, when and how often each parent will see the child and how the child will be transported from one parent to the other. A child support payment schedule will also be implemented.

Shared parenting may be advantageous to children of divorce

When parents go through a divorce, the children must be made a priority no matter how stressful things get. A large part of a Utah divorce agreement will have to do with determining who gets physical custody of the children and how much parenting time the other parent will receive. In the past, courts favored mothers to be the primary caretakers of the children, but nowadays joint physical custody is strongly encouraged so that both parents play an equal role in their children's upbringing.

How to co-parent after a divorce

Utah parents going through a divorce may find it difficult to come up with a parenting agreement both parents can agree on. The parenting agreement will specify decision-making, child support, custody and parenting time schedules. The better you and your ex-spouse are at co-parenting, the happier and healthier your children will be.

What custody options are available to parents in Utah?

When couples with children separate, determining child custody arrangements becomes their number one priority. In many cases, parents end up fighting over parenting time and need the courts to help them come up with a plan that is in the best interests of the child. The courts will focus on making sure that the child is well-cared for financially, physically and emotionally.

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