The custody laws of Utah are distinct from all other states. This is not uncommon, for every state in America has a specific interpretation of child custody laws. The Utah law on custody allowsthe court system to make orders for the future care and custody of the parties' children as it deems appropriate. The court will consider the best interests of the child when awarding custody rights; the following factors will help determine according to the custody laws of Utah which parent should be awarded such rights:
Whether the psychological, physical, and emotional needs of the child will benefit from physical or joint legal custody.
The ability of each parent to give first priority to the welfare of the minor and reach shared decisions in the child's best interest;
Whether each parent is capable of establishing and maintaining a positive relationship with the child and the other parent.
Whether both parents helped raise the child before the divorce.
The geographical proximity of the parents.
The preference of the child if he or she is of sufficient age to form an intelligent preference.
The custody laws of Utah will also evaluate the maturity of the parents and their willingness and ability to protect and care for the child.