The news is filled with stories of couples who successfully co-parent their children. Those stories make it seem as though the days of going to court should be behind parents, including those here in Utah, in favor of coming to an amicable child custody arrangement on their own. While that often serves the best interests of the children in many cases, there are instances where going to court is the only way to protect a child and his or her best interests.
Many Utah parents would go to the ends of the Earth to protect their children. In some cases, that means keeping them safe from the other parent. Far too many children suffer abuse at the hands of a parent who was supposed to love and protect them. If you are trying to protect your child from an abusive parent, you would benefit from compassionate and aggressive representation. An attorney who regularly works with these cases could also help you find the counseling and other assistance that you and your child need.
On the lighter side of complex custody issues, special needs children often require much more than the standard custody and support arrangements offer. You might need to go to court to fight for the ability to meet their needs. If you or the other parent have an unusual work schedule, or are in the military, you might need special arrangements in order to spend quality time with your children.
Agreeing on child custody arrangements is not always as simple as sitting down and working out a visitation schedule on your own with the other parent. Certain circumstances require court intervention in order to protect the rights of your children or your rights as a parent. The future of your children is at stake, and you have the right to fight to make that future the best one possible.