There are two types of child custody in Utah:
- legal custody and
- physical custody.
Legal custody is the right to have input into major life decisions for your child.
Physical custody is where your child will live.
Michael Anderson, aggressive family attorney and child custody lawyer helps you as a parent create child custody arrangements that will work for you. Mr. Pearson is a highly respected lawyer who has had tremendous success representing clients who are going through divorce as well as unmarried parents who have decided to live apart.
Whether you need an aggressive attorney in the courtroom or the assistance of a qualified Utah custody lawyer to guide you in making decisions, or help during mediation.
Joint Physical Child Custody In Utah
Physical child custody can be joint or sole in Utah. If the non-custodial parent has the child at least 111 overnight visits during a calendar year, that is considered joint physical child custody.
Sole Physical Child Custody in Utah
If the non-custodial parent has the child fewer than 111 overnight visits during a calendar year, it is considered sole physical custody.
Sometimes it is better if parents can work out an appropriate child custody and visitation arrangement on their own; however, sometimes one party is extremely difficult to work with and a custody attorney is needed. If you find that you nee the help of a quality child custody lawyer; you need to contact Michael Anderson. He can guide you through the legal system in Utah.
Utah Judges Must Consider Joint Legal Custody
Judges in Utah are required to consider joint legal custody over physical custody — this is current Utah law. If you have a custody battle coming, it is best to talk to an experienced attorney. Call Michael Anderson to discuss the specifics of your case.
Day-to-day decisions such as bedtimes are made by the parent who has custody of the child. Major decisions, such as those about medical care, education and religious upbringing, are usually shared unless there are compelling reasons (such as abuse or drug addiction) why one parent should not be involved in decision making.
Child Support In Utah
Child support in Utah is based on the incomes of both parents, the number of children supported and the number of overnight visits each parent has. There is a free online calculator that you can use to estimate what type of child support the court would award.
Modifications to Child Custody, Visitation and Support in Utah
Child custody and visitation can be modified after your divorce if there is a substantial change in your circumstances. If there is not a substantial change, then the court will not rule in your favor. Examples of a compelling change in circumstances include:
- If a parent started using drugs or was an alcoholic
- If a parent needs to move from one state to another (relocation)
- Domestic Violence can be a huge change in circumstances
- A child is failing classes in school
- A child’s preference, if he or she is old enough (starting at 13 years old)
Child support can be changed if there is a substantial change in either parent’s income, such as job loss, a promotion, a pay reduction or an increase in pay.
Michael Anderson has handled literally hundreds of Child Custody cases including visitation rights and child support calculations in the State of Utah. If you need legal help, Call Michael Anderson now.
Grandparents’ Rights in Utah
As a grandparent in Utah you also may have certain rights. Michael Anderson can help you know your rights and options when it comes to child custody in Utah.
Our Salt Lake City child custody attorney Michael Anderson handle cases throughout the Wasatch front, from Ogden to Provo, Utah.
You will be assured that when we begin working with you on a legal matter, we will personally address all of your concerns.
We promise you the highest degree of professionalism, integrity and results.
If you have an emergency, please call immediately. The sooner you call the better and faster we can assist you.
Michael Anderson, Esq. is a hard working lawyer who wants to win your child custody case or divorce matter, whether it is through settlement or litigation, Michael Anderson is a winning attorney you want on your side.
All of our attorneys have worked for years as attorneys in the States of Utah, handling diverse custody and family matters for individuals. We are a full service law firm. Today, our practice is primarily in Salt Lake City, Utah and surrounding areas.
Attorneys speak English and Spanish in our office.
If you or a member of your family needs the services of an experienced Child Custody attorney, please contact Michael Anderson at The Ascent Law. We are committed to helping you protect your family and your children.
I look forward to meeting with you personally and helping you through your custody battle.