Helping parents determine their rights
Disputes involving children are often especially sensitive. Whether as part of a divorce or as a separate issue between unmarried parents, determining the custody rights of each party can be difficult. What’s more, in cases where the identity of the father is not entirely certain, important rights and obligations such as custody, visitation, inheritance, support and eligibility for certain government benefits can hinge on the outcome of a paternity test. Our team at Intermountain Legal has represented clients in many custody and parentage disputes throughout Utah. You can count on a Salt Lake City custody lawyer from our firm to handle your case with sensitivity and to keep you closely informed throughout the process.
Establishing paternity in Utah
The Utah Uniform Parentage Act establishes the procedures for determining paternity within the state. Utah courts, however, also recognize paternity determinations from other jurisdictions. In most cases, mothers seek a paternity determination to establish an entitlement to child support, inheritance or government benefits. But in some cases, a father may also seek to establish his own paternity to gain custody or visitation rights. While certain presumptions apply regarding parentage, these can be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence, including genetic testing.
Effectively settling custody issues
Even when the parents are willing to work together, custody attorneys in Salt Lake City must be careful to ensure their custody agreements are clear and not subject to interpretation. These plans must address numerous eventualities, including holidays and birthdays, family vacations, decision making for health and educational issues and more. Even an agreement that appears to be comprehensive can leave out crucial details, creating disagreement and uncertainty when those issues arise. But an experienced Salt Lake City divorce lawyer has the experience to know what needs to be addressed. Moreover, in cases when the parties cannot agree to a custody arrangement, a custody attorney knows how to present your case in court should litigation become necessary. Intermountain Legal is sensitive to your needs during family law disputes — and tough when fighting for your best interests.
Call the firm for a free consultation regarding paternity and custody
At Intermountain Legal, we listen to your concerns and make every effort to keep you informed, while serving as staunch advocates for your interests. Call our office today at 801-990-4200 or contact us online to schedule a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your family law matter.
Intermountain Legal is located in Salt Lake City, UT and serves clients throughout all of Northern and Central Utah including Salt Lake City, Midvale, Sandy, West Jordan, North Salt Lake, Bountiful, South Jordan, Clearfield, Woods Cross, Draper, Farmington, Centerville, Layton, Ogden, Lehi, Provo, Orem, Park City and Davis, Salt Lake, Weber, Utah, Tooele and Summit counties.