utah child custody

My Ex Is about to Have our Baby; What Should I Do?

By |August 11th, 2017|Categories: Child Custody, Child Support|Tags: , , |

Stuff happens. Maybe you were in a relationship with a lady and things didn’t work out. Maybe you got back together with your ex-wife and things didn’t end up working out. Whatever the case, your ex is pregnant with your baby and you’re not married. What do you do? Honestly, there are a thousand different answers [...]

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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 Is the Difference Between Joint and Sole Legal Custody?

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

Because lawyers enjoy making things difficult, there are two type of child custody. Physical Custody vs. Legal Custody The first type is physical custody. Physical custody is where your kids stay, specifically, where they spend their overnights. For example, if you share 50/50 physical custody, that means one person has 183 overnights per year, and the other person has [...]

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Utah Divorce/Utah Child Custody Update — 2017

By |June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Lindsey v. Lindsey, 2017 UT App 38. The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's granting of a motion for summary judgment determining that husband's premarital business interests remained his premarital separate property despite the increase in value during the marriage. At the time the parties were married, husband had an interest in a few companies, [...]

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Why Should I Have a Written Agreement about Custody?

By |May 31st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Divorce is a funny thing. When you're married, you share everything. You share kids. You share money. You share your home. You share your life. Then you decide to divorce, and everything changes. Suddenly, you don't share anything, including the kids. You disagree about who should be with the kids and for how much time. It's [...]

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What is a Petition for Parentage?

By |May 21st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Starting the Utah Child Custody Process You may have received a court document from your ex recently. If that document was a Petition for Parentage (also called a Complaint for Paternity), then you have started the child custody process. In Utah, a Petition for Parentage is the document that lets the court know that someone wants [...]

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How Long Do I Have to Live in Utah Before I Can File for Custody?

By |May 21st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Say you just got to Utah and you want to file for custody. How long do you have to wait until you can actually file? This is a great question and it has to do with something called jurisdiction and another thing called venue. Jurisdiction Jurisdiction is the idea a particular place can make judicial decisions [...]

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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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