Understanding Custody Evaluations in 2024

Custody evaluations are essential in determining the best interests of the child during custody disputes. When parents cannot come to an agreement independently, a custody evaluation offers the court an objective assessment of the family’s situation. These evaluations are crucial as they provide professional insight into the child’s needs, the parents’ capabilities, and the overall...

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What Happens if Someone Lies to Get a Protective Order in Utah?

Protective orders are vital tools designed to safeguard individuals from abuse and harassment. However, it’s crucial to understand the serious consequences of lying to obtain such an order. Providing false information to secure a protective order can lead to significant legal ramifications, including being charged with a felony, fines, potential loss of custody, etc. What...

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What is Temporary Separation? When is it Needed?

Temporary separation is a legal option for couples who need time apart to resolve personal or marital issues without immediately pursuing divorce. This article will explain what temporary separation is, when it might be needed, and how it differs from divorce. What is Temporary Separation? Temporary separation, or legal separation, is a legal status where...

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Can I Post on Social Media During a Divorce? Precautions and 5 Best Practices

The Impact of Social Media During a Divorce Social media can be a powerful tool for staying connected with friends and family, providing entertainment, and fostering a sense of community. However, sharing details and updates about your divorce on social media can pose significant risks. When clients come to us for help with a divorce...

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Understanding High Net Worth Divorce in Utah: 5 Strategies for Success

Navigating a traditional divorce case can be challenging, but when a couple is facing a high net worth divorce it can add extra layers of complexity. With substantial assets, investments, retirements funds, estates, and business interests at stake, the potential for disagreement and conflict increases. Strategic legal and financial planning are essential in these types...

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Recordings of Children – Can They Be Used as Evidence in Court?

As a firm specializing in family law, our practice frequently deals with cases involving children, which can range from divorce and custody disputes to matters involving child support and adoption. These cases cause emotions to run high, and it is not uncommon for our clients to consider using recordings of children as a means of...

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The Rising Trend of Gray Divorce in Utah: Insights and Legal Guidance from Christensen Law

In recent years, the phenomenon known as “Gray Divorce” has been on the rise, not just nationally but right here in Utah. This term refers to divorces that occur when couples are over the age of 50, often after many years of marriage. The rate of divorce for those 50 years and older has doubled...

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Guardians ad Litem in Utah Family Law: Understanding their Essential Role

“It is the Guardians ad Litem duty to stand in the shoes of the child and to weigh the factors as the child would weigh them if his judgment were mature and he was not of tender years.” – J.W.F v. Schoolcraft, 763 P.2d 1217, 1222 (Utah Ct. App. 1988) In Utah family law, Guardians...

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Retirement Savings During Divorce Proceedings: 3 Real-Life Examples

Divorce proceedings in Utah entail a comprehensive examination of marital assets, including retirement savings. Understanding how Utah’s laws, particularly equitable distribution, influence the division of these assets is crucial for securing your financial future. A common question often asked is: “How does Utah’s equitable distribution principle affect retirement savings acquired during marriage?” Utah adheres to...

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