“My goal is to protect the security and assets of my clients and their children.”
Jason M. White, Family Law Attorney
Family Law Practice in Provo, Utah
Child custody will always be determined based on the best interests of the child and sometimes these choices are quite tough for parents to make. If you are going through a divorce and dealing with a child custody battle, Jason White & Associates is here to help.
The best of interest of a child is decided based on the following circumstances:
- The child’s age, gender, mental and physical well-being
- Health of parents
- Lifestyle and social components
- Love and emotional connections between parent and child
- Parents’ ability to provide food, shelter, clothing and medical care
- Caliber of schools in the area
- Child’s inclination if over age 12
- Skill and inclination of parent to foster a good relationship between the child and the other parent
- Environmental stability
Types of custody arrangements
Legal custody: The prerogative and responsibility to make choices about child rearing. This involves education, religion, medical care and discipline. When given joint legal custody, parents share these privileges.
Physical custody: The right of a parent to have a child living with them. Most courts order joint physical custody, though the time-split is often different than 50/50.
Sole custody: Sole custody arrangements provide one parent with complete custody rights and allow the other only visitation rights.
Joint custody: This custody permits parents to synchronize their schedules and share decision-making responsibility.
Bird’s nest custody: This occurs when the child remains in one home and parents alternate in and out of the home and take turns caring for the child.
Child support is a pre-determined sum of money that is typically paid monthly to the spouse who retains primary custody of the child. Child support is planned for basic necessities like food, housing and clothing, health insurance medical care and educational expenditures. Child support is decided based on each parent’s monthly income and costs. Focused on this financial information and the extent of time each parent dedicates to the child, the court uses a formula to allocate child support.
Family law mediation
Family law mediation is used to settle family disputes. With family mediation, an unbiased third party mediator helps two parties to smooth out their arguments as they reach a decision. Family mediation can save the parties’ time and expenditures associated with a trial, but the conclusions may not be legally binding.
If you are divorcing on the justification of physical or verbal assault, you can protect yourself and your children with protection and restraining orders from Jason White & Associates. These orders keep you disconnected from the abuser in order to stay safe. Though a protective order can’t fully abolish the possibility that someone will stalk or harm you, it will allow you to contact the police and have the abuser arrested should they breach the mandatory guidelines of the order.
This generally refers to a parent’s entitlement to make choices concerning a child’s education, healthcare and religion. Allocating rights and responsibilities can be difficult, specifically when it comes to parental accountability of any pernicious or criminal actions of your child. You are only responsible for your children’s actions until they are 18.
If other methods haven’t worked for you, adoption is a wonderful way to create a family. The adoption process in Provo can be long, difficult and discouraging, but an attorney from Jason White & Associates can maneuver your family through it. Whether you’re a single parent thinking about adoption or a parent who has chosen adoption as an alternative, we can help you come to the best solution.
For help with child custody, call Jason White & Associates in Provo, Utah. The interests of your family are important to us. We’ll do everything in our power to come to the best arrangement for all parties.