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Finding Legal Help

You are not required to hire an attorney, but legal matters can be complicated. Consider talking to an attorney to go over your options. See the Finding Legal Help page for information about free and low cost ways to get legal help. 

Como encontrar ayuda legal

Usted no está obligado a contratar un abogado, pero los asuntos legales pueden ser complicados. Considere la posibilidad de hablar con un abogado para hablar de sus opciones. Para información sobre cómo obtener ayuda legal vea nuestra página Como encontrar ayuda legal.

Modifying Parent-Time

Modifying an Order From Another State

An order from another country or another state is called a "foreign order." The first of several conditions that must be met for a Utah court to modify a foreign order is that the foreign order must be registered and confirmed as a judgment of Utah. For more information, see our webpage on Registering a Foreign Order.


The Utah court must have "jurisdiction" to modify parent-time. Jurisdiction can be very complex, especially if the controlling order was entered in a state other than Utah or the child or the parties reside in a state other than Utah. Before spending the time and money to modify child support in a Utah court, make sure that the Utah court, rather than the court of another state, has jurisdiction. For more information, see our chart outlining Jurisdiction to Modify a Custody or Parent-time Order (PDF).


In cases involving military servicemembers please see Utah Code Section 78B-20-102 et seq., Uniform Deployed Parents Custody, Parent-time, and Visitation Act.

Best Interests of the Child

A parent-time order can be modified if it's in the best interests of the child to do so.

Default Judgment

A party who fails to answer or otherwise appear after being served with the petition and summons is in default and will lose. A judgment against a non-appearing party is called a default judgment. For more information and forms, see our webpage on Default Judgments.


Forms to Request that Parent-Time be Modified

Forms to Respond to Request that Parent-Time be Modified

Forms for Going to Trial

  • Checklist - PDF | Word
  • Certificate of Readiness for Trial - PDF | Word
  • Mediation Disposition Notice (This is not a court form, but it is required. Ask your mediator to complete it and file it.)
  • Proposed Settlement on Remaining Issues - PDF | Word
  • Pretrial Order - PDF | Word
  • Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order - PDF | Word
  • Notice of Judgment - PDF | Word

Related Information

The Utah State Courts mission is to provide the people an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.

Page Last Modified: 1/2/2020
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