Burton Law Firm Ogden Logo in White

Empowering Steps to File for Divorce in an Abusive Relationship

Divorce is already a challenging process, and navigating it while in an abusive relationship can be even more daunting. At Burton Law Firm, we recognize the sensitivity and urgency of such situations. Here are crucial steps and considerations to help individuals stuck in abusive relationships initiate the divorce process safely and strategically. Safety First: Prioritize […]

Can I Reduce or Cancel Child Support in Utah?

The Office of Recovery Services (ORS) is an agency located within the Utah Department of Human Services. Within ORS, Child Support Services (CSS) is responsible for collecting child and medical support.  They offer a wide range of services designed to help both children and parents dealing with family law-related issues.  This includes vital aspects such […]

Can I Get Back Due Child Support?

It may surprise you to know that according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Mothers and Fathers Child Support Report in 2017, less than half of all parents received the total ordered child support amount from their ex-spouse. This is troubling, primarily because this money is meant to help support children that do not live with […]

What you need to know about alimony in Utah

Many people have one simple question, “how does alimony work in Utah?”  Seeking a divorce is usually an emotionally challenging process, but it can also have large financial implications.  Alimony, also known as spousal support is basically when one spouse pays compensation to another after a divorce has taken place.  The goal of this payment is to […]

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 modification case. What are family law […]

How is Spousal Support Calculated?

Spousal support is essentially the same term as alimony, although that is a somewhat antiquated term.  In Utah, awarding spousal support is determined by the court, and the terms are up to their discretion.  The court will generally request a financial statement from both parties in order to determine several factors.  This includes but is […]

Can I Withhold Visitation if my Ex-Spouse Doesn’t Pay Child Support?

Many parents that have been divorced are faced with frustrating financial situations.  When one parent can’t or simply won’t pay child support, things get even worse.  This can lead to one parent finding themselves in a tight spot, and unsure how to fix the issue.  One solution that comes to mind is to withhold visitation until the […]

My Ex Wants Custody to Avoid Child Support Payments

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 the benefit of 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 seem completely fair, stopping your ex from spending parent […]

Modifying a Child Support Order in Utah

Have circumstances changed since your child support order was issued? Are you having trouble making payments, or if you receive support, are you having trouble making ends meet under the current arrangement? If there has been a substantial change in you or your ex’s work or living situation, the existing support order may no longer be acceptable. […]