In the State of Utah, the court may award sole or joint custody. If the court determines that it is in the best interests of the child, joint legal custody will be awarded. In this case, it doesn’t mean that the child splits time evenly between the two parents, it merely means that both parents are involved in making important decisions in the child’s life and upbringing. Making determinations about where the child or children will spend their time is done on a case by case basis, with every attempt to keep the children’s lives as free from stress as possible. In some cases, the desires of older children will be considered when determining custody and creating a visitation plan.