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Going to Trial

Some family law cases go to trial despite attempts to settle beforehand. At Christensen Law, the attorneys have experience with custody and divorce cases in Utah. We have experience with both amicably settling cases and taking cases to trial. Below, we provide some tips for those who are going to trial now or may be

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What happens to the house in a divorce?

In divorce cases, among other things, the court is tasked with dividing the property of the spouses.  Or, ideally, the parties mediate their divorce out of court and must find a way to divide the property.  This division, in or out of court, can include real estate such as the marital house. There are a

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When is the Case Over and Does It Matter?

Is your case over?  It is good practice to ensure that you understand whether a case is over, or finalized. Whether a case is final or not determines your options and liabilities going forward. This applies to divorce cases, custody cases, personal injury cases, and other civil cases. At Christensen Law, in Salt Lake City,

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How to Defend Yourself against a Petition to Modify Custody

A custody order in a divorce or paternity case is not permanent. Until the children reach age eighteen, either parent can petition the court to modify the prior custody award. This is true even if the current custody award was negotiated as part of a settlement or stipulation. The courts understand that circumstances can change

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How to Modify a Child Custody Order

Changing circumstances may lead parents to decide to modify their child custody order. This post explores how to change a child custody order. This post only covers basic, general information regarding this topic.  For specific advice tailored to your circumstances, you should consult a Utah custody attorney. Change of Custody by Stipulation Sometimes, parents find

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What is a custody evaluation and what happens after a custody evaluation?

What is a custody evaluation? In Utah, the courts sometimes order custody evaluations. This can happen in divorce, paternity, modification, or other custody cases. And then, the court with input from the parties appoints an evaluator. If available, the evaluator will inform the court. From there, the evaluator receives standard instructions, and the parties receive

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3 Tips for getting through the divorce process

Going through the divorce process can be stressful. There is often uncertainty, unfairness, and incivility, among other challenges. These challenges can both make your life difficult and interfere with your case. It is worth finding ways to overcome the challenges, even mid-divorce. The attorneys at Christensen Law are Utah divorce lawyers. They are accustomed to handling divorce,

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How to Have Your Voice Heard in Your Divorce or Custody Case

In Utah, it is common for those struggling with a divorce case to leave the courtroom feeling that their voice went unheard. Part of this stems from the use of the domestic commissioner system in Utah’s more populous counties. Many family law hearings in Utah occur in front of a domestic commissioner. The commissioner typically

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Supervised Visitation

The State of Utah recognizes a parent’s fundamental liberty interest in raising his or her children. They will ordinarily allow divorced or separated parents to have unrestricted and unsupervised access to their children. However, a court can order supervised visitation if they find the child subject to harm if left unsupervised with the parent.  They

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