In Utah, there are a variety of situations where a court may need to make child custody decisions. These cases include divorce, custody, parentage, adoption, custody modification, visitation, parent time, etc. In these cases, the court will be interested in making an order that is in the best interest of the children.
It is in the best interests of children to live with and spend time with good parents. Parents wanting maximum custody or parent time need to prove they are good parents. If you are not already a good parent, now is a good time to become and remain a good parent. If you already are a good parent, you need to start looking for a way to demonstrate it.
At Christensen Law, we can help you evaluate your case and provide you specific suggestions to improve your chances. Below, we provide some generic ideas for ways to be and show that you are a good parent. For questions about how these suggestions should apply to you, feel free to contact us about your case.
If your child is in school, he or she probably has homework. A lot of children need and appreciate help with homework. Parents of younger children sometimes are required to sign off on homework completion. A copy of the sign-off sheet with your initials on multiple assignments can help your case. Alternatively, being able to display a thorough knowledge of your child’s homework requirements and academic situation is persuasive.
Doctor Visits & Medical Concerns
Children need their parents to look out for their medical needs. Your arguments are persuasive if you can show that you have prudently cared for your child’s medical needs. Being at the doctor visit itself is good. If that is not possible, being aware of the visit and the needed treatment is good.
Sharing Information with Other Parent
Being involved with your child’s homework and medical needs is great. Being the only parent who knows about the child’s medical and educational situation is compelling. But, it will hurt you if the other parent is in the dark because you excluded him or her. If you are taking the child to the doctor, let the other parent know. If there are homework struggles or needs, let the other parent know. It will help your child to have both parents in the loop and looking to help. Moreover, sending an email to the other parent creates evidence. It shows you are involved and it shows that you are cooperating—a double win.