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do it yourself divorce

Why a DIY Divorce Will Actually Cost You

The internet has made it a lot easier to do some things yourself. Want to fix the jammed ice maker in your fridge? There’s a YouTube video for that. TikTok can teach you new recipes, and Pinterest holds an array of craft and decorating ideas. In sh… 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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alimony and taxes

How Has Tax Reform Affected Alimony?

In 2018, some of the most sweeping federal tax reform in decades took effect. The changes that got the most press were the ones that affected the most people, like the change to tax brackets, limitations on itemized deductions, and the increase in th… Read More
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Categories: Alimony
stepparent rights

What Rights Do Stepparents Have After Divorce?

For many children, a loving stepparent is just like a parent. Maybe the stepparent came into their life when they were very young, and the child cannot remember a time when they didn’t live with the stepparent. Maybe the child’s natural parent wa… Read More
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no fault divorce

Should I File a Fault or No-Fault Divorce?

Once upon a time, most states, including Utah, required proof of fault by one spouse in order to grant a divorce. The requirement of fault to grant a divorce served the public policy of preserving marriage and preventing impulsive divorces. Unfortuna… Read More
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divorce mediation

The Advantages of Divorce Mediation

When we were children, most of us couldn’t wait to grow up. It wasn’t so much the responsibilities of adulthood that we were after, but the ability to have control over the details of our lives. We wanted to set our own bedtimes, choose our own c… 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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Courtroom

Utah Divorce: The Pretrial Conference

Most people who go through the Utah divorce process have never been through a divorce before. In addition to the other emotions divorce stirs up, not knowing what to expect can be anxiety-provoking. Understanding what is involved in the legal process… Read More
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Child Support

Can I Get Retroactive Child Support in Utah?

The answer to the question “Can I get retroactive child support in Utah?” depends on the circumstances of your situation. My Ex is Behind on Child Support. Can I Get Back Payments? When many people ask if they can get retroactive child support, t… Read More
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Categories: Child Support
Baby walking with help of parents

What are Stepparents’ Rights in Utah?

Despite how stepparents are portrayed in fairy tales, in real life, they often have excellent relationships with their stepchildren—in some cases, a better relationship than the child has with his or her natural parent, especially if that parent ha… Read More
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