Child Custody Considerations in Utah | Divorce Lawyers

Child Custody Lawyers in Salt Lake City

Child custody laws in Utah can be hard to understand. There are a lot of legal factors that go into deciding child custody in a divorce. One factor that will be considered in your divorce or in any post divorce case is the “child’s bond” with each parent and the strength of that bond.

The child custody factor is officially named under rule 4-903 as “the relative strength of the child’s bond with one or both of the prospective custodians.” This factor can be considered and found  by the court or a child custody evaluator that is licensed in child therapy. In your divorce case you will want to present evidence that shows the strength of the bond you and your child or children have. Usually the most effective way to do this is to hire your own expert. A child custody evaluation can also be a good way to establish the bond the children have with you. The downside of a child custody evaluator is that they will also evaluate the bond the children have with the other parent. Sometimes this can be a good thing and consideration in a divorce action if the other parent has not participated in the children’s life and the bond is non-existent.

“The child’s bond with a particular parent is at the significant end of the spectrum and thus should weigh heavily in the court’s determination. Indeed, when the court finds that the child has bonded more closely with one parent than another, the court is within its discretion in concluding that the difference in bonding overrides the general interest in stability, especially where the prospect of stability is diminished.” Hudema v. Carpenter, 1999 UT App 290, 989 P.2d 491, 501-02.

At Arnold & Wadsworth we have fought for our clients and their rights to have custody of their children. Custody of children is the most important factor in any case involving children. You need to help the court get it right. We offer a free consultation. Feel free to give us a call at (801) 475-0123.

Utah Divorce Lawyers – Arnold & Wadsworth

Is your attorney willing to take your case all the way through trial? We are. We are willing to make sure the client is heard. If you feel like the agreement or offer from mediation is not sufficient then we will move your case toward trial. Practicing in the areas of family law and divorce we know that it is stressful, but we also know that there are important issues that sometimes only trial can solve. We know the process and know how to advocate your rights. Give us a call today. We offer a free consultation.

(801) 475-0123

Divorce Lawyer in Salt Lake City – Arnold & Wadsworth

Do you feel like your spouse may be hiding some assets in your divorce. There are certain things you should ask for or inquire about when you do discovery in your divorce or divorce modification;

  1. Stock or Stock options
  2. Salaries paid to non-existent employees (if you own a business)
  3. Money paid from the business to another person (if you own a business)
  4. A custodial account
  5. Delay in signing business or employee contracts
  6. Skimming cash (if you own a business)
  7. Antiques, artwork, guns, tools, hobby equipment
  8. Phony debt owed to a friend
  9. Expenses paid for other people; girlfriend, boyfriend, and gifts given to such
  10. Cash in the form of traveler’s checks, money orders, safe deposit box

These are just a few ways that your spouse may be hiding things you are entitled to. You may also consider hiring a forensic accountant. This person will be able to help you fully assess the worth of your spouse. We offer a free consultation. Feel free to give us a call.

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Divorce Modification in Salt Lake City, Ogden Utah – Arnold & Wadsworth

Do you have a Divorce Decree? Is there something in your divorce decree that you don’t agree with or something that needs to be updated concerning any major factors. If there has been a change in circumstances, give us a call. We will review your decree and let you know what we think your possible outcome will be, and what we think could change in your decree. You have nothing to lose, give us a call today (801) 475-0123.

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