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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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Dealing with an Adverse Custody or Financial Decision

In a Utah divorce or custody case, you may find yourself up against an adverse custody or financial decision. If you have any desire to challenge the decision, you must act fast. There are almost always deadlines to challenge a court’s decision. Those types of deadlines are not forgiving and can prevent you from obtaining

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Mandatory Divorce Education Classes

When two people start down the path of divorce, there are a lot of issues to consider. None of which are unimportant. It is a process and there are a lot of boxes that must be checked. One of those boxes is a “Mandatory Divorce Education Class”. When the court says mandatory, they mean it.

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Dealing With Medical Expenses in a Post-Divorce Context

Utah law allows a Court to issues orders regarding the payment of medical expenses. These expenses must be reasonable and necessary ( and they include dental) for the dependent children. The order for the payment of medical expenses is in addition to the standard monthly child support. Depending on the child and situation, reasonable and necessary

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Custody Evaluation: Why Is It Important and What Comes After?

What is a custody evaluation? In Utah, the courts sometimes order custody evaluations. This can happen in divorce, paternity, modification, or other custody cases. Basically, the court with input from the parties appoints an evaluator. If available, the evaluator will inform the court. Afterward, the evaluator is given standard instructions, and the parties are ordered

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Can Alimony Be Modified?

If you pay or receive alimony, it is possible for you to petition the court. This petition will allow you to change the amount you are paying or receiving. The court has broad discretionary powers in the initial instance and in modification proceedings. Also, the court will only overturn this on appeal if in the

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A Bird’s Eye View of Child Custody

In a perfect world, people would not get divorced and families would not split up. Since we don’t live in a perfect world, couples split up and families break up. Divorcing couples with children have a very important consideration – child custody. When we talk about custody of minor children, it is important that we

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The Right of First Refusal

The right of first refusal is a common provision found in most, if not all, divorce decrees or parenting plans.  Divorced parents should understand the meaning of these provisions and properly follow them. What is the Right of First Refusal? The right of first refusal gives the non-custodial parent a preference in caring for the

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