Doing What Is Right for Your Children
Divorce is frequently hardest on children. Not only do they feel the effects of the anger and hurt their parents experience, but they also can end up as pawns in the game of chess their parents play. It is always better for you and your spouse to come to an agreement on custody of your children. If you cannot, the Utah courts are forced to decide based on the best interests of the children, which may or may not be what you want. Our Salt Lake City child custody lawyers can negotiate with your spouse and his or her attorney, on your behalf, to determine which of you will have custody of your children.
At Brown Family Law, we understand how important your children are to you, and we want to make this transition as easy as possible for all of you. We encourage you and your spouse to come to an agreement on the custody of your children.
Child custody breaks down into two different areas: physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody is determined by which parent the child spends the most time with or where he or she legally resides. Legal custody is each parent’s ability to make life decisions for the child, such as medical care, school, and religious teachings. Parents may share these responsibilities through joint custody, or one parent may have sole legal and physical custody while the other has parent-time, also referred to as visitation.
Factors that will be considered by the courts in awarding custody include:
- Which parent cares for the child the majority of the time
- Which parent is most willing to facilitate the relationship with the other parent
- Each parent’s employment
- Each parent’s living situation
- Whether a parent has remarried
- Which parent can offer the most stable environment during and after the transition
While we recommend that you and your spouse come to an agreement, we understand there are times when this cannot happen. In these situations, our experienced Salt Lake City child custody lawyers will fight for what is best for you and your children.