Why is my divorce taking so long?

Do you know that the average divorce process takes around 12 to 18 months? If you are in a divorce that has gone longer than 18 months, you may be wondering, "what's the hold up?" Our expert family law attorneys have compiled a list of the top reasons why divorce proceedings are extended, so you don't end up making these same mistakes. Not Knowing What You Want If you and your spouse meet to make...

Winter Driving Safety Tips

Here we are again - the holiday season is upon us. What a spectacular time of the year. Family, friends, joy, and love. While traveling to visit loved ones or perhaps trying to conquer the myriad of holiday errands we have, please utilize care and caution - primarily if some of Utah's "Greatest Snow on Earth" is covering the roadways. A few extra minutes of your time may prove to be invaluable. Below are...

Termination of Parental Rights

When getting a divorce a major concern is that of the welfare of minor children.  Their needs, health, happiness, benefit and well-being must be considered and put above other considerations.  After all, children cannot address these issues for themselves and we as parents and adults need to ensure children's needs are met and their welfare is protected.  What options do you have when you believe your...

Military Divorce Laws

Military members and their spouses can file for a divorce in many ways, including the state where the nonmilitary spouse resides, the state where the military member is stationed, or the state where the military member claims legal residency. Though military divorce follows the most common divorce procedures as civilians, there are some noticeable differences.  Active duty military is protected under...

Legal Separation or Divorce – What is Best for Me?

Did you know under Utah law you can file for a legal separation rather than an actual divorce?  Legal separations are different from divorce in that you remain married to your spouse.  Essentially, you will live apart from your spouse but will remain married under Utah law.  In Utah, legal separations also in effect for twelve (12) months or one (1) year from the date of your hearing or until one spouse...

Alimony and Spousal Support: Difference?

Many issues can arise when you are getting a divorce. Often, these include alimony, child custody, child support, property division, and spousal support. All of these issues are probably the toughest, and the legal process usually ends up in court before a judge. What is the Difference Between Alimony and Spousal Support? This may be confusing, but there is no real difference between both...

I Got Served with Divorce Papers, What Now?

If you have been served with divorce papers, then you need to handle things seriously and make the right, smart decisions that will be in your best interest. Even if you're expecting a divorce, remember that the way that you respond can completely impact the outcome of your case. We know, dealing with divorce papers can be quite an overwhelming task to tackle at first. This is why we have compiled a list...

Tips for Effective Co-Parenting

Struggling marriages can feel like a prison to some; allowing both spouses to divorce and go their separate ways can be the best solution so they can tend to their individual needs. When you have minor children, a divorce can prove to be a lot more challenging.    However, when you become a divorced parent, chances are, you would like to continue interacting with your children and with custodial...

Bringing Back Jury Trials to Utah

Amid all the ongoing COVID-19 news, I have heard that Utah is proposing a program to get jury trials up and going again.  This is very exciting news and a prospect that I have looked forward to for a long time.  Both ksl.com and sltrib.com reported that the Utah Courts reported on January 15, 2021, they will be making a “cautious return” to jury trials.  COVD-19 has created a definite back-log of...

Characteristics of Admired Attorneys

The effectiveness of your attorney can have a positive or negative impact on your life.  Consequently, it is imperative that you hire not only a skilled attorney but one who possess characteristics that are admired by both clients and colleagues.  What are the top qualities admired by clients?  Below is a summary of some of those traits that are held highest: Passion:  An effective attorney must...

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