child custody

My Spouse Is a Gambling Addict; how Can I Keep Him from Stealing my Kids’ Identities

By |July 17th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Addiction sucks, and it's broken up more marriages than I can count. Gambling is the second fastest growing addiction in America (porn addiction is #1). Gambling addiction can be really bad because it, by definition, wastes so much of a family's income. While drugs can drain resources almost as fast as gambling, usually drug addicts find [...]

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If I’ve Smoked Marijuana, Will I Lose my Kids?

By |June 8th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

We've helped thousands of Utahns with divorce. Over time, we've noticed some things. One of those things is that the two most popular ways of altering one's consciousness is through liquor and marijuana. Liquor is legal, so unless you're a raging alcoholic, drinking every so often probably won't affect custody of parent-time with your kids. Marijuana [...]

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What Does it Cost to File for Custody in Utah?

By |May 20th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

The filing fee for a child custody case in Utah is $360. There are also costs associated with service. See, once you file your initial custody documents with the Court, you have to have someone serve your soon-to-be ex with those documents. The Utah Rules of Civil Procedure specify you can't do that personally (too much [...]

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A Day on the Pro Se Calendar

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

When judges and commissioners ask you for help with their cases, you feel the need to answer the call. In Salt Lake, the commissioners have a lot of cases not involving attorneys. In lawyer talk, we call these cases "pro se" (pro se is Latin for "on one's own behalf" in case you were wondering). As [...]

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5 Child Custody and Support Questions and Answers

By |April 26th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

You and your spouse have decided to break off your marriage. You're both a bit sad about it, but you agree that it's not working out. You want to work together to find the best possible child custody solution. You both also agree that the children have to be the priority. You've never done this before. [...]

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Do Utah Courts Favor Women/Moms in Divorce?

By |April 19th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

It's a question we're asked often: do Utah court favor women/mom in divorce? It's a legitimate question, but the answer has become commoditized. There are more than a few firms whose entire marketing dollars are spent attempting to convince anyone who will listen (but, really, the men they are targeting as clients) that men are akin [...]

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What Is a Petition to Modify?

By |April 18th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Sometimes, things don't work out like you thought they would. We can plan and plan, but reality just doesn't match what we thought would happen. When this happens after a divorce or child custody case, you often have to change around your divorce decree or child custody order. Maybe instead of sharing 50/50 parent-time, your ex [...]

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What Does it Cost to File a Petition to Modify?

By |April 14th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

It costs $100 to file a petition to modify a Utah divorce decree or Utah child custody/paternity order. There are also costs associated with service. Once you file your petition to modify, you have to have someone serve your ex with those documents. The Utah Rules of Civil Procedure specify you can't do that personally (too [...]

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What Are the Steps of a Petition to Modify?

By |April 14th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

One of the major issues people have with the law is they don't understand how things work. This problem isn't specific to the law. I mean, how many people know the procedure for replicating the Milgram experiments in psychology? Or, what are the steps for removing a gallbladder? Heck, in what sequence does one build a [...]

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5 Tips to Plan for Summer Vacation After Divorce

By |April 10th, 2017|Categories: Child Custody|Tags: |

Perhaps, last summer, you and your spouse were still together. You may not have been happy, but you were living together and so planning for summer vacation for your grade-school aged children wasn't all that hard. You just tackled it like you had in the past. This year, you're divorced. You have to figure out exactly [...]

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