Children are by far the most important asset in any marriage. Studies consistently show that children fare much better when they have consistent contact with both parents, provided they can each maintain a loving, supportive environment. Utah law recognizes this principle and encourages joint custody if at all possible. I understand that divorce is hard, and I try to make it a little easier for you.
My name is Melvin A. Cook and I am a Salt Lake City child custody attorney. In my practice, I answer a great many questions about custody and parenting time. “Joint custody” is not the same thing as “equal custody.” For example, the parents may be joint conservators, but the children may live with their father. I strongly prefer the term “parenting time” over “visitation.” It is not enough to visit your children and watch them play video games. Being an effective parent means that you spend time with your children and not around your children.
Child custody laws apply to both biological and adopted children. Custody includes both legal custody — who makes important decisions for the children — and physical custody — where the children live. Child custody also affects who pays child support and how much is paid. Grandparents’ rights may also come into play, as grandparents can sometimes be awarded visitation. As an experienced Salt Lake City child custody attorney, I place an emphasis on educating each client on what to expect. Below are additional facts about custody arrangements:
If a parent is guilty of some form of parental negligence, the court may consider such a factor in determining either custody, parenting time or child support. A court may also restrict the residency of the children to a particular location, such as Salt Lake County and the contiguous counties.
The right child custody arrangement can give your family the stability it needs in this transitional period. Contact the Law Office of Mel A. Cook at 801.746.5075 or online to schedule your free consultation with a Salt Lake City Parenting Time 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.