If the child is a minor in the state of Utah and the parents of the child have never been married then both parents are awarded equal custody. However, if there's a reason why one parent cannot care for the child, then the parent who is capable of caring for the child is awarded custody.
If the parents have never married and live separately with their own parents, a court would need to decide on custody. Typically, the court will place the child with the mother, but the best interests of the child are primary.
The mother. The father have to petition the court for custody or visitation right.
mother has sole custody even if living with father
the parent that can best suite the needs of the child!
If the parents are married and the child is a minor the answer is yes. If the parents are divorced or never married, the parent(s) with legal custody can make that decision.
If the parents are going to split up, one needs to file with the courts to define custody, child support, visitation, etc.
The mother always do until the father has petitioned and got custody from the court.
The mother is presumed to have custody unless there is a court order saying otherwise.
The mother is assumed to have custody. However, there may be a court order as well.
The mother until the father has gone to court to gain his parental rights and can petition for custody and pay child support.
The mother. The father have to apply in court for visitation or custody after paternity have been established. Then he can also pay child support.