Part 1 General Provisions 78B-15-101 – 78B-15-115
Part 2 Parent and Child Relationship 78B-15-201 – 78B-15-204
Part 3 Voluntary Declaration of Paternity Act 78B-15-301 – 78B-15-313
Part 4 Registry 78B-15-401 – 78B-15-410
Part 5 Genetic Testing 78B-15-501 – 78B-15-511
Part 6 Adjudication of Parentage 78B-15-601 – 78B-15-623
Part 7 Assisted Reproduction 78B-15-701 – 78B-15-708
Part 8 Gestational Agreement 78B-15-801 – 78B-15-809
Part 9 Miscellaneous 78B-15-901 – 78B-15-902

Terms Used In Utah Code > Title 78B > Chapter 15

  • Adjudicated father: means a man who has been adjudicated by a tribunal to be the father of a child. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Adjudicative proceeding: means :Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Advocacy committee: means the Land Trusts Protection and Advocacy Committee, created in Section 53D-2-202. See Utah Code 53D-2-102
  • Advocacy director: means the director of the advocacy office, appointed as described in Section 53D-2-203. See Utah Code 53D-2-102
  • Advocacy office: means the Land Trusts Protection and Advocacy Office, created in Section 53D-2-201. See Utah Code 53D-2-102
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Alleged father: means a man who alleges himself to be, or is alleged to be, the genetic father or a possible genetic father of a child, but whose paternity has not been determined. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Assisted reproduction: means a method of causing pregnancy other than sexual intercourse. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Birth mother: means the biological mother of a child. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Board: means the board of trustees established in Section 53D-1-301. See Utah Code 53D-1-102
  • Charter school governing board: means the board that governs a charter school. See Utah Code 53E-1-102
  • Child: means an individual of any age whose parentage may be determined under this chapter. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Commence: means to file the initial pleading seeking an adjudication of parentage in the appropriate tribunal of this state. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Declarant father: means a male who, along with the biological mother claims to be the genetic father of a child, and signs a voluntary declaration of paternity to establish the man's paternity. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
  • Determination of parentage: means the establishment of the parent-child relationship by the signing of a valid declaration of paternity under Part 3, Voluntary Declaration of Paternity Act, or adjudication by a tribunal. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Director: means the director of the office. See Utah Code 53D-1-102
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Donor: means an individual who produces eggs or sperm used for assisted reproduction, whether or not for consideration. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Ethnic or racial group: means , for purposes of genetic testing, a recognized group that an individual identifies as all or part of the individual's ancestry or that is so identified by other information. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
  • Financial support: means a base child support award as defined in Section 78B-12-102, all past-due support which accrues under an order for current periodic payments, and sum certain judgments for past-due support. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Genetic testing: means an analysis of genetic markers to exclude or identify a man as the father or a woman as the mother of a child. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Gestational mother: means an adult woman who gives birth to a child under a gestational agreement. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Guardian: includes a person who:Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Land: includes :Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Local school board: means a board elected under Title 20A, Chapter 14, Part 2, Election of Members of Local Boards of Education. See Utah Code 53E-1-102
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Office: means the School and Institutional Trust Fund Office, created in Section 53D-1-201. See Utah Code 53D-1-102
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Parent: means a parent or legal guardian. See Utah Code 53E-1-102
  • Parent: means an individual who has established a parent-child relationship under Section 78B-15-201. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Parent-child relationship: means the legal relationship between a child and a parent of the child. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Paternity index: means the likelihood of paternity calculated by computing the ratio between:
    (a) the likelihood that the tested man is the father, based on the genetic markers of the tested man and child, conditioned on the hypothesis that the tested man is the father of the child; and
    (b) the likelihood that the tested man is not the father, based on the genetic markers of the tested man and child, conditioned on the hypothesis that the tested man is not the father of the child and that the father is of the same ethnic or racial group as the tested man. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Person: means :Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Pleadings: Written statements of the parties in a civil case of their positions. In the federal courts, the principal pleadings are the complaint and the answer.
  • Precedent: A court decision in an earlier case with facts and law similar to a dispute currently before a court. Precedent will ordinarily govern the decision of a later similar case, unless a party can show that it was wrongly decided or that it differed in some significant way.
  • Presumed father: means a man who, by operation of law under Section 78B-15-204, is recognized as the father of a child until that status is rebutted or confirmed as set forth in this chapter. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Probability of paternity: means the measure, for the ethnic or racial group to which the alleged father belongs, of the probability that the man in question is the father of the child, compared with a random, unrelated man of the same ethnic or racial group, expressed as a percentage incorporating the paternity index and a prior probability. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Process: means a writ or summons issued in the course of a judicial proceeding. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Rescission: The cancellation of budget authority previously provided by Congress. The Impoundment Control Act of 1974 specifies that the President may propose to Congress that funds be rescinded. If both Houses have not approved a rescission proposal (by passing legislation) within 45 days of continuous session, any funds being withheld must be made available for obligation.
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Signatory: means an individual who authenticates a record and is bound by its terms. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Signature: includes a name, mark, or sign written with the intent to authenticate an instrument or writing. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes a state, district, or territory of the United States. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • State: means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, any territory, Native American Tribe, or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • State board: means the State Board of Education. See Utah Code 53E-1-102
  • State superintendent: means the state superintendent of public instruction appointed under Section 53E-3-301. See Utah Code 53E-1-102
  • Support-enforcement agency: means a public official or agency authorized under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act which has the authority to seek:
    (a) enforcement of support orders or laws relating to the duty of support;
    (b) establishment or modification of child support;
    (c) determination of parentage; or
    (d) location of child-support obligors and their income and assets. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • Testify: means to make an oral statement under oath or affirmation. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Tribunal: means a court of law, administrative agency, or quasi-judicial entity authorized to establish, enforce, or modify support orders or to determine parentage. See Utah Code 78B-15-102
  • trust: includes :
    (a) school and institutional trust lands, as defined in Section 53C-1-103, and related assets; and
    (b) funds and investments of school and institutional trust land revenue, as described in Title 53D, Chapter 1, School and Institutional Trust Fund Management Act. See Utah Code 53D-2-102
  • Trust beneficiaries: means those for whose benefit the school and institutional trust is managed and preserved, as required by:
    (a) the Utah Enabling Act;
    (b) the Utah Constitution; and
    (c) state law. See Utah Code 53D-2-102
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • United States: includes each state, district, and territory of the United States of America. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5