Educating Your Children About Divorce Between filing, obtaining an attorney, dividing assets, arranging shared custody, and all the usual encumbrances of divorce, you may find it easy not to have the energy to think about explaining this process to your children. We get it; you’re still probably trying to sort out your own emotions. Never…

Should I Adopt My Stepchildren? As culture changes, so will society and what an American family looks like in 2020. Divorce has become more common, understood, and accepted by communities. Fortunately, this means the shame and stigma that accompanied a marriage ending is no longer relevant. People are finding themselves free to leave bad relationships…

Parenting Plans in Utah In case you’re a parent who is petitioning for legal separation, it’s imperative to get a temporary parenting arrangement set up. Truth be told, an impermanent parenting plan is fundamental with regards to ensuring your inclinations and saving your privileges as a parent. What’s a Temporary Parenting Plan? Like other impermanent…

Things to Consider with Stepparent Adoption in Utah The idea of a “traditional” family unit has been changing for a long time now.  People have found that by being adaptive and accepting of change, they can pursue what makes them and others truly happy.  For example, blended families have become more popular and commonplace as…

How Having a Child can affect Your Marriage. It should go without saying that having a child together is one of the most challenging and rewarding things a couple can do together.  Whether having a child was planned, or a happy surprise, new parents are in for obstacles they could never have imagined.  Many people…

Help Your Children to Live in Two Homes After a Divorce One of the most difficult challenges for children after a divorce can be getting used to living in two different homes.  This sometimes scary and confusing change can be made easier when parents help their kids make the transition.  One of the most important…

How step-parent adoption works in Utah Modern families are more complicated, blended and extended than they have ever been.  Some people find themselves in situations where letting go opens them up for new opportunities and love.  This can mean finding someone new after a divorce and falling in love with the right person for you. …

Tips for Talking to Children about Divorce Ideally, both parties begin a marriage with the dedication to making their partnership a “happily ever after” story.  That simply, however, cannot happen for every one of us.  As you have probably heard before, nearly 40-50 percent of marriages in the US end in divorce.  Children often find…

How long will my Divorce Take? It is important to keep in mind that no one can tell you with 100 percent accuracy how long your divorce will take.  Each and every case is going to be different.  However, an uncontested divorce is going to take less time, than a highly contentious marital split.  An…

Preparing to Discuss Custody at Mediation Mediation can be a helpful tool for many disputes, but one of the most frequently mediated issues in Utah is that of custody. Custody can be a difficult matter for parents to discuss, primarily because children are so important. Instead of preparing for mediation by digging your heels into the ground, consider…