What do the courts in Utah look at or consider in a child custody trial? The Utah statute on point it Utah Code Annotated 30-3-10. This statute outlines how divorce attorneys in Utah should argue a child custody case in family law court before a Commissioner. It is always best to consult with an attorney that has experience in family law and divorce matters. Some considerations that the court will consider include;
- The past conduct and demonstrated moral standards of each of the parties
- Which parent is most likely to act in the best interest of the child, including allowing the child frequent and continuing contact with the noncustodial parent. Some instances of when parents take the children away from the other parent can actually play against them and not for them in Utah.
- The extent of bonding between the parent and child, meaning the depth, quality, and nature of the relationship between a parent and child. This is when you highlight your relationship you have with your children. It is important to educate the Court as much as possible about your great relationship with your children.
- The ability of the parents to give first priority to the welfare of the child and reach shared decisions in the child’s best interest. This is where the term “co-parenting” comes into affect. Let your spouse know that you want to make the best decisions possible for the children and want their input. If they ever leave you out it will work against them.
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