Can I Bring My Child to Divorce Court in Utah?

When it comes to bringing your child to a Utah divorce court, the answer is almost always no.  The judge or commissioner will not be pleased to see a child in the courtroom during the parents’ divorce proceedings.  The Court will view the parent bringing the child as acting inappropriately.  Exceptions include if the court has already decided that a child should testify or interview with a judicial officer.

For a number of compelling reasons, parents should not involve their children in their disagreements. A parent that places their child in the middle of a fight with the other parent is not helping the child.


Should Your Child Speak In Divorce Court?

Admittedly, children may be involved in a serious situation where their voice needs to be heard. Often, this need is met by the appointment of a guardian ad litem (GAL). The GAL can speak with the child and then attend hearings. The GAL will be able to work with the parents to address concerns and reach a resolution, whether through settlement or trial.


Steve Christensen

Steve has over twenty-five years of experience as a trial and appellate attorney, thus making him one of the most experienced attorneys in his field in the state. As an attorney, Steve quickly identifies legal issues and focuses his presentation on the strengths of his client’s cases, therefore resulting in his great success as an attorney.

He has handled over 80 trials and other evidentiary hearings before judges. He has settled hundreds of cases before, during, and after a trial. Steve takes pride in relating to his clients while conveying their cases convincingly to juries and judges.

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Can I Bring My Child to Divorce Court in Utah?