Judges are tasked with determining the best interests of a child when making custody rulings. Any Utah parent who has ended up in court over custody of his or her children knows that a variety of issues can affect a judge's decision. Some parents attempt to keep certain personal matters out of a child custody battle, but nevertheless, those issues often find their way into the courtroom
An Iraqi war veteran found out in 2009 that he was going to be a father. Throughout his ex-girlfriend's pregnancy, he provided her with support for her and her other children, and he looked forward to being involved in his child's life. Toward the end of her pregnancy, the mother of his child dashed his hopes of sharing child custody when she disappeared.
As part of the divorce process in Utah, parties are required to attend an orientation class for parents that lasts one hour. Currently, the class is taken toward the end of the divorce proceedings. Some lawmakers want to move the course to the beginning instead.
There are many different things for a divorcing couple in Utah to consider, including child custody and asset division. However, if the couple owned a dog prior to the divorce, who gets to keep it? Traditionally, family courts have always considered pets to be personal property and use the same criteria as they would for dividing up other property. In recent years, however, there has been a notable increase in dog custody cases across the U.S., according to a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Parents in Ogden who are divorced know that child custody disputes can cause great emotional pain for everyone involved. Though many divorced parents successfully co-parent their children, in other cases the parents cannot agree on custody, visitation, child support and other issues. Even after the family law court has ruled on these questions, divorced people sometimes struggle to abide by the order. Emotions often boil over. Sometimes, unfortunately, violence enters the picture.
For many parents, one of the most difficult parts of divorce is not getting to live with their children anymore. Many divorce cases involving children end with one parent getting physical child custody most of the time, with some time reserved for visitation time with the other parent.
"It's helpful to get married, if you want to get divorced." On the surface, this sentence seems obvious -- after all, you cannot get divorced in Utah unless you are married first. But the man who said this meant that cohabitation, or two unmarried adults living as a family with children, does not necessarily simplify things if the couple wants to split up. In the man's case, it actually made things more difficult that there is no divorce process for cohabiting couples.
A U.S. Army drill sergeant was recently awarded custody of his 22-month old daughter who had been put up for adoption by the baby's mother. The two parents were married at the time and the wife was pregnant. They have since gotten a divorce and a child custody case has ensued between the man and the couple who adopted his baby girl without his knowledge or consent.
When parents in Utah get a divorce, child custody issues frequently are a major issue for them to settle or, if necessary, the court to decide. Most parents and their attorneys are aware of what needs to be nailed down, such as how to divide parenting time and visitation. But there can be more subtle questions that no one conceives of when negotiating a settlement but become major sources of conflict in the months or years to come.
The judge in a bizarre and emotional child custody case has ruled that a 1-year-old girl who was adopted by a Utah couple must be returned to her birth father. The judge found that the girl's birth mother gave her up for adoption without her husband's knowledge or consent, violating his parental rights and invalidating the adoption.