We know that, even though you may be going through a divorce, you want to make sure your child is taken care of. In Utah, both parents are responsible for caring for their children after separation. When a divorce is ongoing, emotions run high and it can be difficult to make decisions.
We know that there are few things more emotional than dealing with how often you will see your child. That is why you need to have an experienced and knowledgeable legal team on your side. When you need a joint custody attorney, turn to Emy A. Cordano, Attorney at Law.
Emy has decades of divorce case and family law experience to back you up.
Utah courts have always attempted to keep both parents involved in a child’s life after separation. Joint, or shared, custody, is one of the best ways to do that. That does not mean that the arrangements will be easy.
In joint custody cases, both parents must work and communicate well with each other for arrangements to work. After a tough divorce, we acknowledge that this can be difficult.
When it comes to joint custody, there are two types to discuss.
Joint Legal Custody
This deals with both parents sharing legal decisions related to their child. This includes things like medical and educational decisions.
Joint Physical Custody
The deals with both parents sharing living arrangements with their child so that the child can remain involved in both of their parents’ lives.
In the past, it was assumed that the mother would always receive sole custody after a divorce, but that is not the case. More and more, joint custody is becoming the norm.
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When it comes to legal and physical custody, they do not have to be joint custody. For example, it is possible for both parents to have joint legal custody while only one has physical custody and vice versa.
The courts will examine the lives of both parents to determine the best outcome for the child. This includes looking at parental finances as well as their living arrangements. The court will also look closely at situations of physical abuse as well as substance abuse.
Joint custody does not necessarily mean that a parent will not have to pay child support. If one parent makes significantly more than the other, the court may order that payments be made to the other party for helping care for the child.
Going through a divorce is never easy, but it is vitally important to ensure that any children are taken care of. This is a priority of Utah courts and it is a priority of Emy A. Cordano, Attorney at Law. If possible, it is always in the best interest of the child to have both parents involved in their life.