April 2020

What is Paternity?

Paternity means fatherhood. When a husband and wife have a child, the law recognizes them as the child’s parents. Both mother and father, under Utah law, share the same rights and responsibilities for this child. When the mother and father of a child are not married to one another, the father of the child does not automatically receive these same rights and responsibilities. Establishing paternity is...

Signs of Effective Co-Parenting

Getting to the point where you and your ex-spouse are co-parenting well is an exciting landmark. It takes a lot of hard work and respect to get there. It is a sign that you and your ex are co-parenting effectively. There may be room for improvement periodically, but take a moment to notice what is working for your family, pat yourselves on the back, and go with it.   Below are signs of effective...

What is an Uncontested Divorce?

Many divorces are filled with conflict, animosity, and anger, while others are not. When spouses mutually agree to end their marriage and can come to an agreement they are both satisfied with, you have an uncontested divorce. Divorces are often shown to be long, drawn-out fights in court. However, couples divorcing that can civilly and respectfully work together to come to a mutually satisfying...

Common Law Marriage in Utah

Many people in the state of Utah are in long-term, committed relationships that are not officially married. These relationships are known as common-law marriages. While these couples are not legally married, they still face many of the same challenges and obstacles as married couples when their relationship ends — including the division of assets and property, as well as child custody issues. Continue...

Types of Adoption in Utah

Being a parent is one of the more rewarding things in life. Not every couple can have biological children. Thankfully, there are other options for having children of their own; many children need a loving family and home and are available for adoption. There are several different types of adoptions in Utah that have their own set of unique laws. Learn more about the three types of adoption in Utah...

What is a Protective Order?

Unfortunately, many people across the Wasatch Front are living in constant fear of domestic abuse. Many people in this situation feel trapped because domestic violence and intimidation happens in the walls of their own homes at the hand of their spouse or partner. To protect themselves, they can seek a protective order from the court. It must be noted: if you are in immediate danger, you should call 911...

The Different Types of Custody in Utah

Utah has a few different types of child custody. Determining which type of custody best suits your situation may cause you stress. Some parents aim to get full custody for no other reason than to punish their ex-spouse. As tempting as that may be, it is important to keep the bigger picture in mind here. In many cases, full custody is not what is best for your children. In a divorce or paternity case, the...

Utah Divorce Waiting Period

By the time you have filed for divorce, you may be completely ready to cut ties with your spouse and move on with life. However, Utah Divorce Law requires that you wait for a certain amount of time before your divorce is finalized. You may have some questions regarding Utah’s required waiting period for divorce, and we are here to answer them.   How Long is Utah’s Divorce Waiting Period? Utah...

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