Many grandparents strive to have a relationship with their grandchildren but are constantly thwarted by the custodial parent who always claims that there is a soccer game or scout meeting or church lock-in or something else that interferes with the scheduled visitation period. Even worse, some parents (both mothers and fathers) have been known to ransom their children, threatening to withhold a child from the other parent or a grandparent until a child support check is received, for example. Utah law makes the best interests of the child the paramount concern in custody and visitation matters. Spending time with family is nearly always in the child’s best interests.
My name is Melvin A. Cook and I am a Salt Lake City grandparents’ rights attorney. I understand how a noncustodial parent or grandparent eagerly anticipates visitation times, and how deflating and frustrating it is when the appointed hour comes and goes. At the Law Office of Mel A. Cook, I believe that both parents, and the grandparents, should spend as much time as possible with young children to help them begin their lives on the right foot.
Utah, like most states, employs a “rebuttable presumption” that a parent’s decision regarding grandparent visitation is in the child’s best interests. According to 30-5-2 of the Utah Code, you may still obtain visitation rights if you can rebut that presumption. An experienced Salt Lake City family law attorney can help you prove the following:
Most grandparents do not properly understand their rights when it comes to the visitation of their grandchildren. It is important to seek representation from a Salt Lake City grandparents’ rights attorney with a track record of educating each client on the latest developments in Utah child custody law. Because each situation is different, I can provide the guidance and advocacy needed to properly navigate through the legal process.
Just because you do not see your child or grandchild every day, does not mean that you can never see them again. I am available every weekday to discuss your case. Do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Mel A. Cook online or to call me at 801.746.5075 for a free initial consultation with a Salt Lake City Grandparents’ Rights Lawyer. Hablo Español.
When it comes the family law and social security disability, each client and case is different. It is also important to select an attorney with the experience, skills and professionalism required to address your legal issues. To learn more, contact the Salt Lake City law offices of Melvin A. Cook and schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case.