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I am wanting to get information in regards ***** ***** rights in the state of Utah whether it be a separation from a spouse or divorce. Also, if one of the spouses is an addict what part does that play into the custody/parental rights.

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Family Lawyer: LegalGems, Lawyer replied 9 months ago

I am sorry to hear you are having to deal with this.

When one parent has substance abuse problems and the other does not, the standard order, to protect and further the child's best interests, is to award the nonabuser parent full custody with the other parent being limited to supervised visitation and often drug testing.

For substance abuse cases, the court will often require a custody evaluation to determine the exact issue with the parent and what conditions need to be placed on the visitation.

Please see:

https://www.utcourts.gov/howto/family/custody_evaluation/

The court has jurisdiction over custody once the parents file a petition for separation or divorce.

https://www.utcourts.gov/howto/divorce/temporary_separation.html

Separation is usually pursued when the parties think there may be reconciliation.

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