There are several ways that the State or private individuals can legally seek to interfere with your rights as a parent.
The State of Utah may file a child welfare petition alleging abuse or neglect. A private individual may file a petition seeking custody, visitation, or termination of your parental rights. Cases may be filed in the Juvenile Court or the District Court. Petitions filed against your parental rights are serious and can have lasting, even permanent effects on your ability to be a parent to your children.
The law involving parental rights and child welfare actions is complex. If an action has been filed against you or if you are involved in an investigation with Child Protective Services or DCFS, please contact our office to discuss representation options.