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Orders to Show Cause and Contempt

There are penalties for ignoring orders made by Utah courts in divorce, custody, or other family law cases. If you are waiting for child support, alimony, or money from someone, this is good news. It is also good news if the other parent is giving you trouble with custody or parent time. But, if you

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What To Do With Your Case After Trial

Obviously, losing at trial is not a good thing. However, trials are just legal battles in the wars known as cases. Cutting your losses after a bad trial might be the best option. But, before you give up, considering your options may be a worthwhile endeavor.There are post-trial options regardless of whether your case is

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How Attorneys Can Save You Money

Technically, you can get through a divorce or custody battle without an attorney. Particularly, in Utah, the court system has gone to a lot of effort to provide forms and templates. For some cases, there are even online wizards that can put together many of your court documents. Additionally, if you appear in court without

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Should I File for Divorce in Utah or Another State?

Typically, you file for divorce in the state where both you and your spouse live. It is only necessary to choose between states if the spouses to be divorced live in separate states. When faced with such a choice, there are some things to keep in mind. Either State Can Issue a Divorce Decree So

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Optional Minimum Parent-Time Plan

Typically, when the court awards one parent sole custody of a child, they award the other parent minimum parent-time. Utah Code § 30-3- 35 contains the standard minimum parent-time schedule. In Utah, minimum parent-time, or visitation, entails alternating weekends, one evening per week, and some holidays. In 2015, the Utah Legislature passed Utah Code § 30-3-

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Imputing Income for Utah Child Support Purposes

The issue of child support often accompanies divorce and other types of custody cases. Parents have a duty to provide support for their children. When the parents of a child live together, children tend to receive parental support without court involvement. But, if parents separate, it may be necessary to obtain a child support order.

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What is a Custody Evaluation?

When parents separate, divorce, or otherwise split up, custody can become a hotly disputed issue. Custody and visitation will be disputed, as will the question of which parent should make what parenting decisions. If the parents cannot agree, the court will have to decide. Utah judges sometimes rely on custody evaluations to help them make

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Winning a Child Custody Case

In Utah, there are a variety of situations where a court may need to make child custody decisions. These cases include divorce, custody, parentage, adoption, custody modification, visitation, parent time, etc. In these cases, the court will be interested in making an order that is in the best interest of the children. It is in

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Temporary Separation and Separate Maintenance

It is not strictly necessary for a marital separation to lead to divorce. Sometimes spouses are unable to live together at present but hope to reconcile in the future. Or, perhaps, the spouses have no intention to ever live together but do not want a divorce. If the spouses are amicable or if there is

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Annulments in Utah

In Utah, the standard method of dissolving a marriage is divorce. However, in some cases, the parties may qualify for an annulment. When a court orders an annulment, the marriage, in the eyes of the law, never happened. Some people may find themselves in a situation where they need such an order. The most common

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