Below is a brief description of the types of situations covered under Utah family law. For assistance or more information, please call one of our family law attorneys.

DIVORCE, SEPARATION, AND ANNULMENT

A divorce is a divorce, right? Well, according to legal practice in Utah and other states, there are actually a number of different types of divorces. Learn more.

CHILD CUSTODY & SUPPORT

There are two parts to custody: physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody means where the children live; legal custody means which parent has the right to make important decisions about the children. Learn about the types of custody arrangements for minor children.

ADOPTION

In order to adopt, an individual must be:

  • an adult (over 18 years old)
  • at least 10 years older than the child being adopted
  • married and have the consent of their spouse or single and not cohabiting

Potential adoptive parents must obtain permission from several people, including the child’s biological parents, any other guardians, and the child themselves if they are over 12 years old.

Stepparents may adopt their stepchild after the child has lived in their home for at least 1 year. For more information, please see our section on adoption laws or talk to a Utah family law attorney.

RESTRAINING ORDER

If you are being harassed or feel you are in danger, you may be able to obtain a protective order from the court. This order can be a temporary restraining order to protect you for 10 days while you work towards a more permanent solution or a permanent protective order which is enforceable by the police.

NAME CHANGES

Changing your name can be more complicated than you expect. Please contact an attorney to help you through the process and the paperwork.