Parents have a fundamental liberty interest in the care, custody, and management of their children. This interest, rooted in human nature and instinct, is protected by the due process clauses of the United States Constitution and the Utah Constitution. These constitutional protections guarantee a parent the right to a meaningful hearing before a judge can terminate parental rights, remove a child from the home for an extended period of time, make a child custody order, or modify a child custody order.
Whether in juvenile court, in divorce court, or in another family law court, a hearing to terminate parental rights, remove a child from a home for an extended period of time, make a child custody order, or modify a child custody order complies with due process only if each parent receives the opportunity to testify and to present evidence through his or her own witnesses. If this hearing is not conducted properly, the result may be irreversible.
Protecting Parental Rights
At Corbett Gwilliam, PLLC, we understand the importance of any hearing affecting parental rights. We know how to prepare and present evidence to protect your parental rights and ensure that the court makes the proper child custody determination in your case.
As trial and appellate attorneys, you can rely on us in your parental rights or child custody case.
Call our office to schedule a free consultation about your parental rights with our attorneys as soon as possible. Or, if you prefer, complete the online form.