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Why you need a parenting plan in Utah What are parenting plans and why are they important? As a newly separated mom or dad, you may be questioning what your child’s living situations will be.  More importantly, how you and any co-parent will make decisions on behalf of your child.  Utah law requires that divorced…

Parental drug use in child custody cases When a parent uses drugs or is believed to be using drugs, it can be considered an emergency child custody case in Salt Lake City, Utah. Taking matters into your own hands is never advisable. Depending on the facts of the case, such conduct may result in a…

Understanding Modification Cases in Utah. Modification litigation is a fairly common form of family law issues on court dockets.  In Utah, they happen almost as frequently as divorce cases or paternity.  Let’s take a deeper look at what modifications are looking to achieve, and what you can do if you need to respond to a…

Child Support in Utah When reading this article lets’ assume one thing.  That is, both parents want what is best for their children and are not looking to unjustly cutback on the quality of life for their children.  When one parent is required to pay child support to another, it is supposed to be for…

What Type of Child Custody Should I Seek? Child custody is one of the most contested matters within divorce. It’s a long-lasting decision that should be made with a firm understanding of what you are seeking and the terms that go hand in hand with it. Utah custody can be confusing, especially if it’s your first…

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…

What is a Custody Evaluation? During a case involving custody, if a dispute over custody arises or if the parents have serious concerns about the other party’s ability to parent, a custody evaluation may be necessary. Custody evaluations, or parenting evaluations as they are sometimes called, are often court-appointed, but can also be requested by either…

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…

How Moving Out Affects Child Custody in a Divorce Child custody is one of the most complex aspects of a divorce, and you must take great care to not compromise your rights. Moving out — even when done with the best intentions — could influence custody arrangements in your spouse’s favor. Before you decide to leave the…