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New Thoughts on Adultery and Alimony in Utah Divorce

By |May 4th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Over a year ago, I wrote the following on in a blog post explaining "irreconcilable differences" in Utah divorce: "And why not cite some sort of fault (e.g., adultery, drunkenness) as the basis for the divorce? We have a couple reasons: "1. Alleging fault doesn't get you anything. "Fault will never get you anything more in [...]

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If I Owe Back Alimony and I’m Remarried, Can my Ex Take my New Spouse’s Property or Money?

By |March 7th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

You divorced a few years back, and you've moved on with your life and remarried. Good for you. Now, you've run across some hard times (e.g., lost a job, got injured) and you're behind on your alimony. Usually, this is a problem with an easy fix: you pay a bit more over time until you're caught [...]

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My Spouse Won’t Pay Alimony; What Can I Do? (A.K.A., How to Enforce an Utah Alimony Award)

By |March 4th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

So, you went through divorce and were awarded alimony. That probably took some doing since no one wants to pay alimony. Men don't want to pay it because they don't want to pay their ex-wives to be their ex-wives. Women hate paying alimony to support a man they feel should get a job. Now, despite the [...]

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How Long Do You Have to Be Married to Get Alimony in Utah?

By |March 4th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Alimony is one of the most discussed topics when people come in for their Roadmap and Recovery Sessions (i.e., new client consultations). And with good reason: it's really important. Alimony will affect how you and your soon-to-be ex will live for the next who-knows-how-many years. It can be a lifeline for a spouse that has stayed [...]

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How Does Child Support Affect Alimony?

By |February 27th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

There are usually four aspects of money in most divorces: (1) assets and debts, (2) retirement, (3) child support, and (4) alimony. Assets and debts are usually straightforward. Unless there's a good reason not to, you split both assets and debts 50/50. Like assets and debts, retirement is almost always a 50/50 split for the period [...]

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Five Ways to Maximize Alimony in Utah

By |November 29th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Alimony's a tough deal in divorce. Because divorce is such a financial train wreck, there's often not much money to go around. I don't say this to imply you won't get alimony, especially if you've been married for more than four year. I say it because getting alimony takes work and requires laying the proper foundation. [...]

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Can Alimony Affect my Ability to Buy a Home?

By |August 20th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

People fight about two things in divorce: kids and money. Dividing assets and debts is usually a pretty straightforward process. (You can read about the basics here and here.) So, you usually don't fight about that a ton. Child support is also pretty straightforward and unobjectionable. I mean, honestly, who fights against paying to help their [...]

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What Happens if There Isn’t Enough Money to Pay Alimony?

By |July 13th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

If there's one constant in divorce, it's this: there's never enough money. Unless you're a doctor, successful business person, or international pilot, there simply won't be enough money to go around to allow everyone to live like they used to live during the marriage. Where this lack of funds really plays out is in alimony. There's [...]

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Fish v. Fish, 2016 UT App 125: A Review and Initial Thoughts

By |June 11th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

The newest divorce and alimony cases, Fish v. Fish, came down from the Utah Court of Appeals on 9 June 2016. It contains some, let's say interesting, arguments and implications. I want to examine those for a bit, and then talk about the practical takeaways from the case. Factual and Procedural Background This decision is the second [...]

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Special Utah Alimony Issues — Adultery

By |December 19th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Alimony is a tricky subject in Utah divorces. Usually, determining alimony is a function of two things: time and need. The longer the marriage, the more likely a Court will award alimony and the longer alimony will last. The more need the less-well-off spouse has, the larger the average alimony award. In some cases, there is [...]

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