Family Law

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Understanding divorce in Utah

The decision to get a divorce is never an easy one. Most people do not even begin to consider it as a possibility until they have tried every other option they can think of to save their marriage. A divorce can be a lengthy process that is both emotionally and financially strenuous. This article will [...]

By |2020-05-14T20:11:51+00:00May 18th, 2020|Family Law|0 Comments

What is an annulment?

An annulment is the process of legally erasing a marriage. By law, the marriage will be considered as though it never happened.  The legal significance of vacating or canceling the marriage is the difference between an annulment and a divorce. What are the grounds for annulment in Utah? Not every marriage can be annulled.  There [...]

By |2020-03-27T17:09:45+00:00February 26th, 2020|Family Law|0 Comments

Utah has a new rule in place that protects parties in family law cases: Utah Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 109

Legal matters can be difficult to deal with, especially with family law cases. Emotions run high and parties may feel anger or resentment toward each other. As a result, they may behave in a way that will hurt the other party – especially in divorce cases. To protect both parties in family law cases such [...]

By |2020-03-27T16:36:07+00:00January 16th, 2020|Family Law|0 Comments

Utah child custody evaluation process

This article was updated November 13th, 2019 by Angie Allen The most heated issue in a divorce can be determining custody of minor children. If divorcing spouses are unable to reach an agreement on custody and parent time, then it can take more time for the divorce to be finalized. If, after negotiations and mediation, the [...]

By |2020-03-27T16:55:16+00:00November 13th, 2019|Family Law|0 Comments

What grounds should I list for my divorce?

In Utah, you can choose from a number of grounds for the divorce.  The grounds are listed in Utah Code Ann §30-3-1, and they are: (a) impotency of the respondent at the time of marriage; (b) adultery committed by the respondent subsequent to marriage; (c) willful desertion of the petitioner by the respondent for more than [...]

By |2019-10-14T22:13:54+00:00April 29th, 2018|Family Law|0 Comments

Child custody and parent time

Custody of children and parent time (which used to be called visitation) is probably the most litigated issues in divorce cases. The Utah Legislature has divided custody into two parts: legal custody and physical custody.  Legal custody determines who has a voice in important decisions about the children, such as religious upbringing, elective medical procedures [...]

By |2019-10-30T19:42:39+00:00April 29th, 2018|Family Law|0 Comments

Child custody evaluation process in Utah

If the spouses are unable to reach an agreement on custody and parent time, the judge will probably order them to have a custody evaluation performed.  This involves hiring a psychologist or social worker to evaluate both parents and the children and make a recommendation to the judge on custody and parent time. The evaluator makes his or [...]

By |2019-10-30T19:48:51+00:00April 22nd, 2018|Family Law|0 Comments

Getting Married Again? Calm Your Children with a Prenuptial Agreement

Patty is happy, but her three children are upset because she and Sam are planning a wedding. “Mom, he’s so unlike dad. Are you sure?” Patty’s sure. Patty has been lonely since Jim died. Sam is very unlike her first husband, who was always calm, logical and frugal. Sam vacations to tropical islands, with two [...]

By |2019-11-05T18:48:41+00:00November 2nd, 2008|Estate Planning, Family Law|0 Comments
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