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

What is the difference between legal custody and physical custody?

Legal custody refers to the right to make legal decisions for a child and have access to the child’s medical and school information. Medical care, education and religion are the major legal decisions parents have to discuss. If a parent is granted sole legal custody, that parent will make all of the decisions for the child without input from the other parent. If the parents are granted joint legal custody, the Read More