How You Can Officially Adopt Your Stepchild As the step-parent of a child, you likely understand just how important your role in their lives is. From providing emotional and physical support to creating new experiences and building a new relationship, having a stepchild can be life-changing. If you want to join the thousands of other…

Need Help with Alimony? Get Help from a Spousal Support Lawyer Spousal support, or alimony, is payment to a spouse after a separation or divorce. This payment, based either on an agreement between the divorcing spouses or decided upon by the court, is to limit any unfair economic effects a divorce may have on a…

7 Ways to Prepare for Divorce Divorce is a daunting process that can seem overwhelming and lead people to feel confused and out of control. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Divorce, though not something anyone looks forward to, can be a lot like other major life events—if you approach it with a…

Understanding Postnuptial Agreements What is a Postnuptial Agreement? A postnuptial agreement is a written and notarized document signed by both spouses that details how assets are divided between them, and it’s written after the wedding or civil union. During its creation, everything has to be on the table—the debts, property, income, and assets of each…

Understanding Adult Guardianship in Utah Adult guardianship is a legal arrangement that authorizes a capable adult, or guardian, to make decisions for another adult, referred to as the protected person or ward. Under Utah law, a guardian may be appointed if an adult is determined to be incapacitated. This means that the adult lacks the ability…

Understanding the Different Types of Child Custody in Utah There are several types of custody in Utah. Deciding which type of custody best fits your needs may seem overwhelming. When determining which type of custody to seek it may be tempting to seek full custody simply to punish your ex, however, it’s important to keep the…

When Child Support Is Late, Can You Withhold Visitation? Your ex has fallen behind on child support, and you’re understandably frustrated. In fact, you want to motivate your former spouse to bring his or her obligation current. Unfortunately, you cannot legally withhold visitation rights in Utah, even if child support payments aren’t current. While it may…

How to Choose the Right Utah Divorce Lawyer An experienced divorce lawyer will protect your interests, help you understand possible outcomes for you and your children, and make this difficult process as stress-free as possible. Hiring an attorney is one of the most important decisions you’ll make during this time, and your decision can have a significant…

Divorce Litigation — What Happens to the Pets? Of all the details decided in divorce litigation, the disposition of pets can be very emotional. In millions of households across the country, pets are regarded as members of the family. Yet divorce courts view them very differently. In the eyes of the law, pets are not little,…

Can Mediation Work for You? In Utah, mediation is mandatory for most divorce cases. Divorce mediation typically involves sitting down with a neutral third party, in an attempt to resolve any issues in dispute. Generally, you and your spouse must participate in at least one session. But can mediation actually work? Sometimes the answer is yes, particularly…