Child Custody and Visitation
A Compassionate and Reasonable Child Visitation Attorney, Serving West Jordan
Many parents who are going through a divorce are worried about what kind of child custody orders or child visitation rights will be established, and whether those arrangements will be fair to them and their children. If you are in the midst of a divorce or are considering one, having the help of an experienced family lawyer is essential to getting your questions answered and working toward a custody and parent-time plan.
At The Law Offices of Huy Vu, LLC, we can help you make sense of your custody situation and understand your legal rights and options. Contact us to speak to a Salt Lake City child custody attorney. We offer a free 30-minute case consultation.
Types of Child Custody
There are two different types of child custody under Utah law, which can be divided in different ways. Legal custody involves the legal right to make decisions about a child's life, such as education and medical care, while physical custody has to do with time spent with children and where the children live. A court may order different types of custody arrangements such as:
- Sole legal and sole physical: Either party can be awarded the "sole" custody of the children, meaning one parent has physical custody of the children and makes the major decisions about the children's lives.
- Joint legal and joint physical: This arrangement is one in which both parents make important decisions concerning their children. Joint custody is most successful when both parents communicate well with one another and are willing to work together to take care of the children's needs.
- Joint legal and sole physical: In this arrangement, children live with one parent over 254 nights per year. However, both parents are involved in making decisions affecting the child.
(Source: Utah State Courts website: http://www.utcourts.gov/howto/divorce/)
Using Mediation and Negotiation to Reach Compromise
Mediation and negotiation can be used effectively to find resolution in child custody arrangements without expensive high-conflict custody evaluations and court battles. Attorney Huy Vu is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who helps negotiate and settle child support issues collaboratively, or in cases where mediation and negotiation are not viable options, will represent you in family court.
Contact Us With Your Child Custody Questions
Child custody and parent-time are extremely personal and important issues which we do not take lightly. Child custody and parent-time can be established through mediation, negotiation or Hearings on Temporary Orders. We are committed to helping our clients navigate the child custody process with compassion and integrity. Contact us to learn more.