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How Third Persons Can Impact Your Child Custody Case

What happens to a child custody case when a grandparent, step-parent, or other third party becomes involved? Here at Wall & Wall Attorneys at Law, P.C. we know the answer to that question and many others that people going through a divorce often have.

Questions like:

  • Who are the eligible third parties to child custody cases?
  • How can their involvement impact a case?
  • What may the end result of these involvements be?

We are your best choice for divorce attorneys in Utah and will work to help you understand these and a plethora of other aspects of child custody.

Who are Eligible Third Persons?

According to the “Custody and Visitation for Persons Other than Parents Act” that is part of Utah State Code, an eligible third person is,

“A person related to the child by marriage or blood.”

The Code goes on to list several specific examples that include:

  • Aunts and/or Uncles
  • Siblings
  • Grandparents
  • Current and/or former stepparents
  • Any person in the first three categories by a step relationship with the child

How Can Their Involvement Impact Your Case?

Under this act, these people are granted the power to file their own petition with the court regarding your children. Provided they meet the necessary requirements, these individuals can ask the court to grant them visitation and even custody of your children. This can cause your custody or divorce case to take longer to resolve and reduce the time you yourself get with your children.

Another way that outsiders can impact your custody case involves people who you associate with that may be deemed a negative influence for your children. This can include anyone who is around the child during your time with them: a casual friend, a family member, or a romantic interest.

If another party objects to the exposure for legitimate reasons such as criminal background or morality issues, it can cause your custody case to be dragged out and even result in a decision that is not in your favor. With a knowledgeable divorce attorney in Utah like Wall & Wall Attorneys at Law, we can help you to traverse these types of landmines and reach a successful resolution

Wrapping It Up

For the best chance at a favorable custody case outcome, you need to engage an experienced knowledgeable attorney. Here at Wall & Wall, we have just that. We provide a number of services and features designed to meet your individual needs including:

  • FREE 30-minute consultations and case reviews with no obligation
  • Military discounts for active service members
  • Spanish speaking staff and interpreter services for languages other than English and Spanish
  • Full-service legal representation
  • DIY divorce help service

Let us help you navigate the waters of child custody without running aground. Call us at (801)441-2388, stop by our offices in Salt Lake City, or visit our website – WallLegalSolutions.com – for more information or to schedule a free consultation today.