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What to Expect in a Child Custody Battle

Custody battles can be the most challenging experience any person will face when they separate from a partner. Each battle is unique, but there are some things to keep in mind while filing for custody. The Pearson Butler team is here to help you navigate through your upcoming custody case with these insights.


Because every case is different, it is impossible to predict what it will cost.

The attorneys at Pearson Butler make every effort to proceed strategically and, in a manner, designed to achieve maximum results at the lowest cost possible. A custody case may run you anywhere between $3,000 to $15,000.00 or more in legal fees, depending on the complexity of the issues. If outside experts, such as custody evaluators or vocational assessors, are necessary, they can cost between $2,000.00 and $12,000.00.


Mediation is a voluntary process where parties attempt to reach an agreement outside the courtroom. The majority of custody cases actually settle with an agreement between the parties; trial is the exception. The court requires every case to at least make an attempt at mediation before the court will schedule your case for trial. Mediated settlement agreements can usually create win-win solutions that are tailored to the special circumstances of your family.


If you are unable to reach an agreement, it may be necessary to take your case to trial. At trial, a Utah District Court Judge will determine the legal and physical custody of your minor children. There are no juries for family law cases. In preparing for trial, it will be necessary for you to gather information for the court to consider. Examples of some typical evidence in custody cases are: text exchanges between parents, email exchanges between parents, children’s grades and attendance, children’s medical records, and more.

How Our Utah Family Law Attorneys Can Help

We understand that every custody case is unique, and we’re here to help you achieve the best results for you and your family. If you are facing a custody battle or just have general questions, contact our legal office today. We understand how important family is to you, so the Pearson Butler team is ready to work diligently to help achieve your goals.

Contact our office at (800) 265-2314 or fill out this form for a consultation.