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Child Custody Mistakes to Avoid in Utah

Child custody matters can be legally complex, emotionally overwhelming, and financially draining. Unfortunately, many people make a number of mistakes when it comes to child custody that can affect their cases. While it’s easy to do or say things i… Read More
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When (and How) to Modify Child Custody

There are some parts of a divorce decree that generally cannot be modified, but a child custody order is always modifiable. Why? Because Utah law requires that an order for child custody be “in the best interest of the child,” and what is best fo… Read More
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What are the "Best Interests of the Child?"

If you have done any research at all on how Utah courts make child custody decisions, you have encountered the phrase “the best interests of the child.” Courts in Utah and other states make custody decisions based on the best interests of the chi… Read More
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Young girl resting in a box next to teddy bear after relocating with after divorce.

Relocating With Your Child After Divorce: Proving Relocation is Best for Your Child

Divorce is a major life change, for both the divorcing spouses and their children. Typically, after a divorce, it is ideal for parents to live near enough to one another for both of them to spend time regularly with the children. But life often conti… Read More
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Mothers having fun with their son and pet. Rights of the Non-Biological Parent in Same-Sex Marriage

Rights of the Non-Biological Parent in Same-Sex Marriage

Becoming a parent, whether through giving birth, adoption, or surrogacy, is one of the most joyful experiences a person can have. Most parents do not have to think twice about their legal rights regarding their children; they can simply immerse thems… Read More
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do children get a say in child custody

Do Children Get a Say in Child Custody?

Anyone who has ever had a child knows that from a very young age, they have opinions about lots of things: what to wear, what they want to eat, whether they’re willing to take a nap. As they grow, so does their desire and ability to have input into… Read More
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Child Custody in Utah

Types of Child Custody in Utah

When parents of minor children don’t share a household, it becomes necessary to decide custody of the children. Often, the question of custody arises in a divorce, but it can also come up in the context of a paternity case or for unmarried parents… Read More
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Order of protection

How Does an Order of Protection Affect Child Custody?

It is usually in the best interest of a child to have regular and frequent contact with both parents when possible. Of course, it is also in the best interests of parents and children not to be subjected to threats and harm at the hands of an abuser.… Read More
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establishing paternity

The Importance of Establishing Paternity

When a child is born in Utah to a married woman, the law presumes that her husband is the child’s father. In most cases when the parents are not married, however, establishing paternity is necessary. From a legal standpoint, what that means is to h… Read More
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Coronavirus and Your Parent Time: What You Need to Know

In less than a month, the novel coronavirus has gone from a news story about a few cases in faraway countries to a global pandemic. As you read this, it’s likely that you know someone whose health or family member has been affected. Aside from the… Read More
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