The National Divorce Rate is Decreasing, Except for Utah. Local news station KUTV has recently reported that divorce rates have declined throughout the United States, except in New York and Utah.  On average divorce rates are down by almost 20 percent.  In Utah, divorce rates have slightly increased over the last 10 years by nearly…

Understanding Alimony Awards in Utah One of the most important jobs a Utah divorce lawyer has is to help their client separate the emotional aspects of their case from the financial ones.  For example, let’s say someone was wronged because their partner was unfaithful during their marriage.  This obviously has a large emotional impact on…

Things To Avoid When Co-Parenting Co-parenting can be a difficult undertaking. This video provides examples of what kind of behaviors to avoid in order to provide the best situation for you and your children. Video Transcript: Title: Things to avoid when co-parenting How to Stop the Cycle of Negative Co-Parenting Is your co-parenting beginning to…

Utah Residents Cite the Most Common Reasons for a Divorce Utah residents cite the most common reasons for a divorce Whether you have been married and in a relationship for just a few years, or decades you know that couples can have their ups and downs.  Although the overall rate of divorce has recently decreased,…

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…

Part 4 of 5 questions you should ask a Utah divorce attorney This is the fourth part on our series of questions that may be relevant to your divorce case during your initial consultation.   These are questions that are typically asked, or areas that are often confusing to newcomers to family law matters.  Part I,…

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…

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…

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…

Do I need a prenuptial agreement? A common misconception is that prenuptial agreements are only for the wealthy. However, anyone who has any personal assets, liabilities, property, or children from a previous marriage should consider a prenuptial agreement. A prenuptial agreement clarifies the financial responsibilities of each party during the marriage and the distribution of…