Utah law requires both parents to financially support their child (or children ). The amount of support that each parent pays will depend on the parents’ income, custody arrangement, and the number of children involved. However, a judge will determine the final child support amount in your case.
Child Support as assessed by the Child Support Agency is designed to cover all aspects of the financial needs of the child /ren. Any school fees , uniforms, school excursions, extra-curricular activities are included in this payment.
Additionally, the court can consider the children’s desires. However, their desires are not controlling. The court gives added weight to the desires of children who are at least 14 years old , but this is still only one factor. The judge does not give either parent a preference due to the parent’s gender.
In determining a parent’s income for child support purposes, courts typically look at the parent’s gross income from all sources. They then subtract certain obligatory deductions, like income taxes, Social Security, health care, and mandatory union dues.
A parent is deemed to be incompetent or unfit if: They are suffering from a mental condition that renders them incapable of attending to a child’s current and future physical and emotional needs. They are alcoholics or drug addicts. They have a history of exhibiting violent behavior.
50 / 50 custody is an increasingly popular custody arrangement with Utah divorced parents.
In most cases, in our experience, both parents will be deemed to have consented to the child attending the school and liable to contribute proportionately to the fees. Alternatively, sometimes parents separate before agreeing to a child attending a private school.
Food, clothing , shelter Generally, extracurricular activities, uninsured medical expenses, and educational expenses are not included in the basic child support amount unless it is specifically noted in the settlement agreement, although the laws vary by state. Child support usually covers food, clothing , and shelter.
The income of the receiving parent’s new partner is not relevant to the decision making process even though the reality often is that this partner is also substantially supporting the receiving parent and any child support children .
Primary Custody Falls to the Mother No matter how fit the father is, in Utah the unmarried mother gains a natural right to custody after the child is born. As a result, she has legal control over the child and her rights are superior not only to the father’s, but also to any other person.
Whether it was initiated by anger or inappropriate behavior, child abuse will definitely cause the parents to lose custody of their children . If you suspect your former spouse has abused your child , notify the police and contact Salt Lake City child custody attorney Emy A. Cordano.
Utah Criminal Code §76-5-109 defines child abandonment as intentionally ceasing to maintain physical custody of your child or intentionally failing to ensure that he or she is safely in the physical care or custody of another.
The effect of the change in child support will depend on which parent saw their income increase . If the paying parent gets a substantial raise , his or her payment obligation may increase . If the parent receiving child support gets a substantial raise , the paying parent’s obligation may decrease.
When a custodial parent’s income goes down, the non- custodial parent’s relative share of income will increase but the combined support obligation will decrease. Changes to the custodial parent’s income work at cross purposes.
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