Custody Without Marriage: What You Need to Know

Not every couple who has children together wants to get married. Most of the time, this arrangement can be facilitated without too much complication, with both parents in the same home and the children getting the benefit of a complete family. However, what happens if the couple breaks up, or there is an issue that requires custody information to be discussed? After all, parents do not stop being parents just because Read More

How to Develop a Parenting Plan That Puts Your Children First

A family that has gone through a divorce knows its fair share of challenges, and when children are involved, life after this major event can be complicated. All too often, parents are focused on their own needs during this emotional process and forget that their children should be their number one priority. When it comes to a parenting plan, do you know how to create a system that puts your children first? If not, Read More

5 Simple Ways to Make Divorce Less Stressful for Your Kids

Divorce is hard on everyone in the family, but for children it is especially difficult. They will experience a wide range of emotions that include sadness, anger, confusion, guilt, and worry over what will happen to them. Here are five simple ways that you can address these feelings and help them move through the divorce process with as little stress as possible. Reassure Them That They Are Not to Blame Younger Read More

Parenting After Divorce: Don’t Forget to Address These Key Factors in Your Parenting Plan

When going through a divorce there are many things that need to be done correctly in order to position yourself and your family in the best possible circumstances once the divorce has been finalized. For parents in Utah, one of the most important things you have to do will likely be creating an effective parenting plan. All divorcing couples that have joint custody of minor children need to draft a plan and then have Read More

8 Things Every Couple Should Know About Divorcing in Utah

In today’s globally connected environment, people often get information about important things in their life that may be true in one place, but is not in another. This is especially common for people going through a divorce. Laws surrounding divorce can vary greatly from state to state, which is why it is important to learn a few of the most important things concerning divorcing in Utah. Utah Allows Both No-Fault Read More

How is child support calculated?

Child support is calculated using each parent’s gross income from all sources of income and the number of overnights the child spends in each parent’s home. The state of Utah has created a child support calculator to determine support. If you would like to know what you might pay or might receive, visit https://orscsc.dhs.utah.gov/orscscapp-hs/orscscweb/action/public/custodyWorksheet/show. You will need to know Read More

May I stop paying child support because my ex-spouse will not give me my parent-time and access?

No, you can’t. The law does not recognize any correlation between visitation and child support. You must pay your support even if you are not getting access to your children. If you have an order that grants you parent-time with your children but your spouse is preventing that parent-time, you should file a motion with the court to enforce your parent-time. You ex-spouse can be charged with custodial interference for Read More

Does it matter who files for divorce first?

The person who files the divorce action gets to present their side of the case to the judge first when you get to trial. However, there is no negative connotation attributable to the person who files the divorce or to the person who responds to the divorce petition. So, if your spouse files before you, don’t panic. You have the opportunity to respond and file a counter-petition stating your desired outcome. If your Read More

How long does a divorce take?

There is a mandatory 90 day waiting period before your divorce can be finalized, which can be waived in special circumstances. If both parties can agree on all issues, the divorce can take as little as a three months by resolving the divorce through stipulation. If the parties cannot agree, the divorce could take much longer. Without agreements by the parties, a trial is necessary to resolve the disputes. Arguing and Read More

Self-Represented: Can I do it myself?

Yes, you can, but we do not recommend that you do so. Many websites offer fill-in-the-blank forms for you to use. The problem with these forms is that you are only given blanks to fill in and are not given advice on what is important to consider. We understand that you may feel that you can do this on your own. However, many of our clients felt the same way and what they found was that they made mistakes that they Read More