Basics of Child Custody

Custody and Parent Time

If you have minor children, you need a plan to deal with matters of custody and parent time.  In its simplest terms, this means who gets the children when, and who is responsible to make decisions for them.  The State of Utah has several possible schedules, including a mandatory minimum, but you are free to craft a schedule that fits your children’s needs.  Just remember that whatever you choose will need to be practical for you and stable for the kids.  Switching every other day, for example, is hard for parents and hard on kids.  Try to come up with a schedule that gives blocks or chunks of time with each parent.  You’ll also want to make sure to cover holiday schedules, birthdays, summers, and what will happen if one parent moves.