Utah Family Law Blog

Girl in father's arms helping him cooking his new partner is watching them from the background: concept for How To Introduce Your Child To A New Partner

Helping Your Child Deal With a Parent’s New Partner

As hard as divorce can be for parents, in some ways, it is even more challenging for children, who have even less control over the situation. It takes time for children to adjust to their parents living apart, and to the new routines that may need to… Read More
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Social emotional development of children with down syndrome, the girl plays in the classroom with educational toys

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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Categories: Child Custody
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What is Divorce Discovery, and What is Included?

Divorce means making many decisions: how the couple’s children will spend time with each of them, which spouse will receive which assets and debts, and whether one spouse will need to pay alimony to the other. And, of course, to make sound decision… Read More
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A multi-ethnic blended family of five standing together outdoors in their front yard, smiling and laughing, looking at the camera. The African-American father is in his 40s. Their son and daughter from his prior marriage are 13 year old twins, mixed race African-American and Caucasian. The mother is in her 30s and their youngest son from her prior marriage is 11 years old.

Challenges for Blended Families

A senior emergency room doctor we know used to assign challenging cases to interns with the introduction, “I have an opportunity for you to excel.” He wasn’t being sarcastic; he wanted to positively reframe a task that might have seemed dauntin… 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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Does Domestic Violence Affect Your Divorce?

Divorce is never easy. But when a marriage involves domestic violence, divorce can be much more complicated. Domestic abuse may be the reason that one spouse decides to divorce. Sometimes, the high emotions of the divorce process contribute to one pa… 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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Categories: Child Custody
Divorce Tips for Dads

Divorce Survival Tips for Dads

Divorce is hard under the best of circumstances. If you’re a father of minor children, it’s even harder. Not only do you have to deal with the loss of your marriage, and the financial upheaval that goes with it, you are facing a possible disrupti… Read More
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Alimony Myths

Alimony Myths in Utah

Alimony, also called “spousal support,” is one of the most misunderstood aspects of divorce. People may have an idea about how alimony in Utah works, but are often surprised to find out that they have bought into an alimony myth. If you find that… Read More
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Categories: Alimony
Wedding rings placed on top of dollar bills. How to keep divorce costs down.

How to Keep Costs Down in Divorce

One of the things people dread most about divorce, besides the process itself, is how much it will cost. There is no doubt about it: divorce does cost money, and much of the cost comes from attorney fees. If you are thinking about divorce, you are pr… Read More
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