Family Law Attorney in Utah
Visitation Specialized Representation Tailored to Your Goals

Child Visitation Attorneys in Salt Lake County

Representing Parents in Visitation Disputes

Questions regarding parent time (visitation) can arise in many types of actions, including divorces, adoptions, and paternity matters. Parent time is related to physical custody and specifies the amount of time the child spends with their parents. Joint physical custody can but does not necessarily mean the parents share equal time with the child; instead, joint physical custody simply means the child spends at least 111 nights with each parent during the year. If a parent is awarded over 254 nights with the child, then they have sole physical custody of the child.

Consult with our Salt Lake County visitation attorneys if you are facing a dispute regarding parenting time. Based in Draper, Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC is happy to review your case and help you move forward. Call (801) 515-4133 now to get started.

Primary Caretaker Factor

Many factors are used to determine how parent time is allocated. One of the most important factors relates to who has been the child’s primary caretaker. The primary caretaker has a strong argument that the child should spend more time with them. Although Utah courts are prohibited from using a party’s gender as a basis for making custody determinations, the fact that Utah has so many stay-at-home moms means that mothers often prevail when seeking primary or sole physical custody.

The noncustodial parent, even if not granted physical custody, has certain rights that must be protected. Utah’s custody statutes provide the noncustodial parent with a minimum amount of parent time unless other factors show this would not be in the best interests of the child. Generally, a parent’s behavior must be egregious for a court to terminate parental rights or order less than the minimum parent time. In cases involving an abusive or erratic parent, courts have the option to order supervised parent time if in the child’s best interests.

Parenting Plan

Custody and parent time are two of the most important components of the parenting plan that should be part of the final decree. However, many other parenting concerns should also be addressed. A well-drafted parenting plan should describe in detail the rights and obligations of the parties, involving everything from transportation of the children to healthy communication between the parents. The goal of the parenting plan is to keep the parties on the same page and enhance their ability to co-parent and avoid conflict in the process.

Consult with Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC

Custody and parent time decisions are some of the toughest issues addressed during family law disputes. At Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC in Draper, our Salt Lake County visitation attorneys work hard to provide our clients with candid and diligent representation during this emotional process.

Count on strong representation – call us at (801) 515-4133 for a consultation.


Real Clients. Real Results. 
  • Gavin S.

    Eric did an awesome job.

  • Mallory H.

    I would definitely refer them to others for any legal needs!

  • Amy Lee

    He is very prompt with his responses to emails and phone calls which makes the process less stressful.

  • Dalisa

    This was all so stress free. I’m extremely great full for Preston and his staff for putting forth all the time to help me out!

  • Bart

    Highly recommend Eric and Preston without reservation. Their fees are more than reasonable and their service more than expected.

  • Nicolle G.

    I have had an absolutely positive experience through and through with them. They’re professional, empathetic, and ethical. I wish ...

  • Thomas M.

    He handled all matters promptly and thoroughly. He cares deeply about his clients and makes sure their needs are fully understood.

  • Jared H.

    All issues were handled in a very timely and transparent manner.

  • Bethany

    He and his office were conscientious about my financial needs and made sure I knew when charges were going to be made, so it ...

  • Logan

    I couldn’t be more pleased with the results and would definitely recommend Eric to anyone looking for a fantastic lawyer and a ...

  • Sean K.

    Working with Eric was a breeze. He addressed my concerns and laid out several options that were unique to my situation.

  • Robin S.

    If it wasn't for Eric and Preston, I wouldn't have gotten custody of my 2 children.

Meet Our Team

Professional. Confident. Approachable.
  • Eric M. Swinyard Photo
    Eric M. Swinyard

    Founding Attorney

    Eric M. Swinyard is a divorce and family law attorney who serves clients throughout the State of Utah. Eric’s practice is primarily focused on providing personalized, high-quality legal services to individuals involved in divorces, paternity actions, adoptions, estate planning, and other family law matters. It’s incredibly easy to be taken advantage of during litigation, especially if you are unrepresented by legal counsel. Protect Your Rights You don’t want to be in a situation where you need ...
  • Ryan  Ficklin Photo
    Ryan Ficklin


    Ryan Ficklin is an associate attorney at Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC. Prior to practicing law in Utah, Ryan practiced family law in Southern California. In 2017, Ryan relocated back to his home state of Utah to focus on serving the people of Utah who need legal representation, particularly in the family law realm. Ryan graduated with honors from California’s Whittier Law School in May of 2015. While in law school, Ryan was a staff member for The Journal of Child and Family Advocacy. Ryan ...
  • Keith L. Johnson Photo
    Keith L. Johnson


    Keith joined Eric M. Swinyard & Associates in Fall 2020, bringing more than a decade of experience as a trial attorney in various types of legal cases. He has successfully guided hundreds of individuals through Utah’s court system. Keith previously worked at an established civil litigation firm in Salt Lake as well as a mid-sized regional law firm. He has substantive experience in a variety of practice areas and is now primarily devoted to serving individuals involved in family law cases. Keith ...
  • Mark  Hales Photo
    Mark Hales


    Mark Hales has over 17 years of legal experience in the areas of family, criminal, and civil law. He handles all types of domestic matters, including custody, divorce, child support, alimony, annulment, termination of parental rights, paternity, modifications, and adoptions. In addition, he defends clients charged with domestic violence and abuse, stalking, violations of protective orders, and other and criminal charges. Mark is a certified mediator for all legal matters and is also a certified ...
  • Justin  Stringfellow Photo
    Justin Stringfellow


    Justin Stringfellow has practiced family law in Utah for 20 years, bringing a wealth of experience to Eric Swinyard & Associates in areas such as divorce, custody, paternity, modifications, child support, and adoption proceedings. In the early years of his career, Justin appeared on an estimated 1,500 Protective Order matters. He is an expert in dealing with abuse and domestic violence components in family law matters. As such, he was distinguished by Utah's Domestic Violence Coalition. Justin ...
  • Eliza  Crespo Photo
    Eliza Crespo


    Eliza Crespo is an associate attorney at Eric Swinyard & Associates. Prior to joining the firm, Eliza practiced estate planning in Utah. Eliza offers a fresh set of eyes to difficult situations and is passionate about providing excellent and compassionate legal services to her clients. Through personal experience, she appreciates the impact of a listening ear and an effective advocate, especially during times of challenge or transition. Eliza obtained her bachelor’s degree and law degree from ...

Experience the Difference

  • Experienced

    The right attorney makes all the difference. Our attorneys are experienced, transparent and dedicated to your goals.

  • 30-Min Consultation

    We understand that you have questions, our Firm will provide you with a 30-minute no-obligation consultation with an Attorney.

  • Preparation

    Family Law matters are complex; we ensure that all of our clients are thoroughly educated and prepared along the way.

  • Personalized Approach

    No two cases are the same. Our Approach is tailored specifically to your goals.

Dedicated to Providing Personalized, High Quality Services

Take advantage of a 30-minute, no-obligation consultation by calling 801-515-4133 or completing the form in the link below.