Keeping in line with traditional thinking and, what some would say, are outdated laws, courts have predominantly awarded custody of a couple's children to one parent -- the mother in the majority of cases. However, a significant amount of research done in recent years shows that children tend to do better when the parents share custody. This belief is behind a new child custody law that was recently passed in Utah that encourages the courts to award shared custody to divorcing or separating parents.
Most Utah residents would agree that Facebook brings people together in a way that nothing else can. On the other hand, data indicates that it is also separating people as well. The number of divorce filings blamed on Facebook and other popular social media sites is currently one out of seven and could increase.
Like other couples around the country, many Utah residents sign prenuptial agreements in order to set the stage for an amicable divorce should one occur in the future. Prenups are often effective at dividing up a couple's property, but, when it comes to child custody matters, the parties' hopes for friendly ends to their marriages could be dashed. This appears to be the case for actress Hilary Duff and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Mike Comrie, who reports indicate are unable to agree on a custody arrangement for their 3-year-old son.
For many Utah couples who have children, the only issue over which they are willing to battle it out in court is the fate of the children. This may be even more true when extenuating circumstances are present that only serve to make the issue more complex. Whether those child custody issues involve the parents or the children does not seem to matter.
Thousands of couples across the country and here in Utah have children together without being married. If the relationship ends, dealing with child custody issues can quickly become complicated. Just because a man is listed on the birth certificate, it does not mean that he has any parental rights or responsibilities when it comes to his child.
Utah readers may be aware that the fate of a 9-year-old girl hangs in the balance while two families await the decision of an appeals court in the state she knew as home from the time she was an infant until January of this year. The child custody battle began when her father was released from prison. Now, her adoptive family hopes they will get to see her again.
For parents in Utah who are getting a divorce, the main concern is usually the custody of the children. Adding to that concern is the confusion surrounding the different ways in which child custody can be awarded. For instance, many parents may not realize that there is a distinction between physical custody and legal custody.
When a Utah couple with children decides to get divorced, one immediate concern is living arrangements. One spouse may insist that the other move out of the marital home. However, this could potentially have an adverse effect on the spouse that moves out when it comes to child custody.
Many Utah residents have heard stories about jilted spouses exacting revenge on each other by posting inappropriate photos to social media sites. As the use of social media sites has increased, so has the need for individuals to protect themselves from derogatory information being used against them or posted about them in a divorce. However, that is not the only way that social media is affecting couples.
Traditionally, divorce courts in Utah and elsewhere awarded sole custody of any minor children to the mother. Fathers were relegated to being "weekend dads" to their children. Fortunately, that bias appears to be waning, as more courts favor joint child custody agreements now than at any other time in our nation's history.