IN THE __________ JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, _______________________ COUNTY, STATE OF UTAH CHILD CUSTODY SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE REPORT Case No. ________________________ Judge ___________________________ Commissioner ____________________
_______________________________________ Petitioner vs. ________________________________________ Respondent
APPOINTED CUSTODY EVALUATOR: _______________________________ DATE OF SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE: ___________________ MINOR CHILD(REN) & DATE(S) OF BIRTH: MOTHER: FATHER: OTHER PARTIES EVALUATED AND RELATIONSHIP TO CHILDREN: (e.g., stepparent, parent's partner)
GUARDIAN ad LITEM: MOTHER'S COUNSEL: FATHER'S COUNSEL: CONCLUSIONS: A. Summary of Children's Needs:
These forms and procedures have been approved by the Judicial Council, and the Supreme Court. Any custody evaluation submitted to the court must conform in substance to these forms.
Summary of Each Parent's and Stepparent's Ability and Propensity to Provide for Children's Needs: (Include parenting skills, impairments, availability, willingness to facilitate child's relationship with other parent, and the unique manner in which each parent's skills fit the children's needs.) Rule 4-903 Considerations: 1. Child's preference 2. Benefit of keeping siblings together 3. Relative strength of the child's bond with one or both of the prospective custodians 4. General interest in continuing previously determined custody arrangements where the child is happy and well adjusted 5. Factors relating to the prospective custodians' character or status or their capacity or willingness to functioning as parents, including: i. ii. iii. iv. v. vi. vii. viii. ix. Moral character and emotional stability Duration and depth of desire for custody Ability to provide personal rather than surrogate care Significant impairment of ability to function as a parent through drug abuse, excessive drinking or other causes Reasons for having relinquished custody in the past Religious compatibility with the child Kinship, including, in extraordinary circumstances, stepparent status Financial condition Evidence of abuse of the subject child, another child, or spouse
6. Other factors deemed important by the evaluator, the parties, or the court. D. Recommendations: At commissioner or judge's discretion, evaluator may issue verbal recommendations concerning the legal or physical custody and parent-time scheduling arrangements.