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Objecting to a Commissioner’s Recommendation

Court commissioners have limited judicial authority compared with a court judge. A court commissioner initially hears the majority of family law matters. At the conclusion of a hearing, the court commissioner will make a recommendation on orders regarding the relief requested. However, if an individual is unsatisfied with the commissioner’s recommendation, Utah law provides a

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The Impact of an Affair on Your Divorce Case

Many people consider divorce after discovering a partner’s affair. As a salt lake city divorce lawyer, the Christensen Law Firm and I have represented numerous clients whose marriages ended due to infidelity. This includes representing clients on both sides of the equation. Often, clients want to know whether cheating impacts issues like alimony, custody, and child

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Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)

Retirement accounts, including but not limited to 401ks IRAs pension plans These are usually some of the most important assets to divide between divorcing spouses. Parties typically agree on how this account divides between them. However, the parties and their attorneys need to be more specific. They need to do more than designate the divorce

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What to Expect at Mediation

Utah courts often require you to mediate if you are party to a divorce or custody case. Sometimes this happens earlier in the case if it seems like a settlement is likely. Other times, the mediation comes later. A successful mediation can end the case and save you money. Christensen Law is a Salt Lake

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How to Declare Paternity For Unmarried Partners

When a husband and wife have a baby, the law recognizes them as the parents of the child. Both parents enjoy certain legal rights and responsibilities. When an unmarried mother gives birth, the father doesn’t automatically have any of the legal rights or duties that go along with fatherhood. Establishing paternity (fatherhood) gives unmarried fathers all

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When Should I File a Petition to Modify?

Parents often ask a Salt Lake City family lawyer what needs to happen in order to modify their existing custody arrangement. Unfortunately, the answer is always “It depends.” Utah law allows one or both parents of a child to petition a court to modify. They can modify an order that establishes joint legal or physical

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Initial Disclosures in Utah Divorce and Child Custody Cases

Utah courts require the parties in divorce and child custody cases to make initial disclosures to each other. The deadlines are automatically triggered when the respondent files his or her answer to the divorce or custody petition. Each party needs to meet the requirements to avoid flak from the other party and the court. But,

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Recently Moved? See If You Can Modify Your Custody Agreement

When a court enters an order governing child custody it is always after hearing the presentation of evidence. The court will consider each of the facts and circumstances inherent to the particular situation of the family. This aids in making the orders accordingly. That custody order becomes the governing and controlling schedule of custody unless

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Alimony: Marital Standard of Living

The Utah courts define the standard of living as “a minimum of necessities, comforts, or luxuries held essential to maintaining a person or group in customary or proper status or circumstances.” The Utah Supreme Court has held that “it is the purpose of alimony is to equalize the standard of living for both spouses, maintain

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Work-Related Child Care Expenses

Utah law allows a Court to issues orders regarding the payment of expenses considered reasonable and necessary. Reasonable and necessary means work-related child care expense for the dependent children. The order for the payment of work-related child care expenses is in addition to the standard monthly child support. Depending on the child and situation, work-related

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