Clearfield, UT asked in Family Law for Utah

Q: Does an unmarried mother in Utah have sole physical custody? Paternity is established.

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Chase Van Oostendorp
Chase Van Oostendorp
  • St. George, UT
  • Licensed in Utah

A: Very simply, no. Parents are equal under the law, regardless of gender.

However, many other factors must be considered, for example, the court would look at the custody factors found in UCA 30-3-10 to determine a parent-time arrangement as well as physical and legal custody.

I suggest talking with a lawyer who is familiar with these custody factors to ensure that you are not "shooting yourself in the foot".

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