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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

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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Happy Divorced Dad and Child on Bike - BartonWood

Can Divorce Be Good for Children?

Most of us know of an unhappy couple who stayed together longer than they should have “for the sake of the children.” And just about everyone has heard a report or study talking about how bad divorce can be for children: disrupting stabil… Read More
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Young Boy Talking to Woman Guardian ad Litem - BartonWood

What is the Difference Between Custody Evaluators and Private Guardians ad Litem?

Custody can be the thorniest aspect of any Utah divorce case. Even when a couple is generally amicable in unwinding their relationship, there may be a great deal of tension around how custody and parenting time are configured. Each parent may think t… Read More
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Undocumented Latino Father Hugging his Two Children - BartonWood

Can You Get Custody of Your Child if You are Undocumented?

Being an undocumented immigrant living in Utah, or anywhere in the United States, has its share of uncertainties. Many people prefer to live “below the radar,” avoiding contact with the legal system to avoid drawing the attention of the a… Read More
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