Bringing a child into this world is one of the happiest days of your life. Being a parent is an incredible journey riddled with new experiences and ups and downs. There may come a time when parents can no longer effectively communicate or co-parent. This is where custody arrangements come in. Other times, paternity may come into question which can lead to a range of other issues. There are many reasons why paternity may need to be established and not all of them are negative. It is important to have an experienced family law attorney on your side to navigate these difficult legal issues.
Paternity may need to be officially established to obtain child support or set up a visitation schedule. In Utah, both parents must financially support the child which is why paternity is crucial to your case. There will be some factors that will be taken into consideration when establishing support such as the number of children, the individual income of each parent, and how much time the child/ren spends living with each parent.
A mother will typically initiate a paternity case to obtain child support. Other times, a father who wants visitation or custody rights may also wish to establish paternity. These cases are often brought on when a father wishes to establish a relationship with the child. However, these may be contentious reasons to seek paternity. A couple may also want paternity established for issues of practicality and not for any legal disagreement.
One of the most important reasons paternity should be established early on is for custody. In Utah, S.B. 122 has established that custody should be equally split between both parents. Under this new law there are now three things to consider:
Parents will share overnights with children equally on an annual basis
Parent time and physical custody will be split evenly
Child support is calculated under new equal custody guidelines thereby lowering the child support
There are several costs associated with your paternity and child custody case. The first is the cost associated with conducting a paternity test. Next, you will need to consider attorney fees and court costs. There may be other costs associated such as enforcing an existing order and even obtaining evidence to help build your case. There is no set amount that your case will cost as each situation is unique and may require various legal services.
Speak With a Salt Lake City Family Law Attorney
When you are trying to establish paternity and get custody of your child it is important to have Emy A. Cordano on your side. Strategy and preemption are important in these cases. You will have a dedicated and experienced attorney on your side that can navigate the legal minefield and help you establish a good foundation for your child. Contact us by calling801-804-5152 or by filling out our onlinecontact form.