Which Kind Of Adoption Do I Need?

Which Kind Of Adoption Do I Need?

Starting the adoption process begins with understanding the requirements to adopt. So, what are the requirements to adopt in Utah?

Adoption requirements in Utah include being 18 years of age or older. One may be married, single, or divorced, and a home study and in-home inspection will be conducted. Proper housing and personal space for the adopted child are required, as well as a background check for all adults in the home. Starting the adoption process in Utah begins with making the decision to adopt, understanding your options, and selecting your chosen adoption liaison to help you.

You must meet the requirements, which most often mandates a background check as well as attending adoption classes. You may also want to take a look at names and contact information for adoption agencies in your area.
Assuming you have already decided you want to adopt, now it is time to get that ball rolling! Are you excited? So are we! Adoption is what we are all about, and we would love to help you on your journey. The adoption process involves many things to consider. Read on to learn more about the adoption process in Utah, as well as some things to consider along the way.

If by chance it’s a stepchild you wish to adopt, you will want to read our article about adopting your stepchild in Utah. The process for adopting a stepchild is much less complicated than traditional adoption.

Adoption Requirements in Utah

• 18 years of age or older.
• Be at least 10 years older than the child.
• Child 12 years or older must consent.
• Must pass a home study.
• Adequate space for a child.
• Must be healthy enough to raise a child.

The requirements to adopt a child vary by state. We have listed a few of the requirements to adopt a child in Utah below. For a full list of requirements, you will want to contact the state of Utah directly.

Considering Adoption

Perhaps you have been unsuccessful with fertility treatments and cannot conceive naturally. Maybe you have an already-established family with biological children, yet you wish to extend your family. Or perhaps there are stepchildren involved that you wish to adopt as your own. Regardless of the reason you decide to adopt, there are so many things to consider.

Today, many single parents choose to adopt without a partner. Let’s face it; there are times when we have not met that perfect match, yet our biological clock is still ticking.

Or perhaps you prefer flying solo and do not feel you need a partner to raise a happy, healthy child. In today’s world, it is perfectly acceptable to adopt a child without a partner.

How do you feel about adopting a child as a single parent? Have you discussed your decision with your extended family? Are they just as excited as you, or are they a bit apprehensive about you adopting by yourself?

Making peace with your decision will help you focus on your journey toward adopting your child. One of the most difficult things to deal with is sharing your excitement with your extended family, only to be met with mixed responses that are not as favorable as you would have hoped. Remember though, that you have had much more time reaching your decision to adopt. Unless you have shared your day-to-day adoption ventures with your extended family, they may need some time to digest your adoption decision. Of course, you can go through the adoption process without family support, but having their support does offer much comfort during this exciting yet sometimes stressful time.
Going through the adoption process and fulfilling the requirements is easier with family by your side. When sharing your adoption decision with your extended family, be mindful that it might take some time for them to get on board with your decision.

Maybe they secretly had hoped to extend their bloodline. Perhaps they are concerned about the race and ethnicity of the child you adopt. They could be wondering about possible behavioral, emotional, and physical issues that can sometimes come with a child from a previously broken, unstable home. The most important thing you can do when sharing your decision to start the adoption process is to listen and validate their feelings. Give them some time to let the adoption news sink in. If telling your extended family in person makes you uncomfortable, one option could be to write a handwritten letter and mail it to them. This is a much more personal touch over and above what can be a cold-feeling email. This allows them to internalize your news, talk amongst themselves, and then circle back around to you after the news has registered.

Child Adoption Options

One may choose to adopt either domestically, internationally, or through the foster care system. You will want to consider your options and decide the route you wish to take.

Domestic Adoption

Just as domestic adoption implies, your child will be US-born. If you are holding out for a newborn, then you will want to follow the domestic adoption route. Although it is not impossible to adopt a newborn by other means, it is more unlikely.

Domestic adoptions can be completed within a few months.

You are apt to receive a more substantial medical and social history of the child you wish to adopt as compared to adopting internationally when medical history may not be known. Most birthmothers will know your first names, and many will have spoken to you on the phone or met you in person before the birth. This helps them get to know you, which builds trust and confidence in choosing you as the adoptive parents for their unborn baby.

Whether you choose to adopt domestically or internationally, neither are more-or-less expensive than the other. Rough estimates are provided in this article, but those numbers vary widely and do not imply what it will cost you to adopt a child. There is no waiting list. You instead will put together a personal profile for the birthmothers to review, and they will determine who will adopt their baby.

Your profile is a visual and written introduction that gives the birthmother a sneak peek into who you are as a family, so she can then have an idea of what it will be like for her unborn child. If you look young and have an active lifestyle, you are more likely to be chosen by a birthmother.

International Adoption

As implied, your adopted child will be internationally born. Choosing an international adoption means adopting an older child, but as young as an infant or toddler is possible.

You will rarely receive family medical history when adopting from another country. Although, you would receive medical information for the child. There is a perceived advantage of being very far removed from the birthparents distance-wise. It is natural to have a secret fear that someday the birth parents and your adopted child will reunite.

Although not impossible, this is more unlikely when adopting internationally. Whether you choose domestic or international, neither are more-or-less expensive than the other. When adopting internationally, the cost of travel is likely to significantly add to the overall costs.

Internationally, the costs of adoption can vary based on which country you adopt from. You will be put on a traditional waiting list, which is very different when adopting a child domestically.

There are age limitations in some countries, which may make you ineligible from being able to adopt. Other factors such as how many times you have been divorced, as well as how long you have been married could affect your chances for international adoption eligibility.

Foster Care Adoption

There are over 100,000 children in the foster care system desperately in need of a forever home. Your chances of adopting a newborn drop significantly when adopting through the foster care system, although it is not unheard of. Foster care provides a safe refuge for children who have been removed from their biological family home due to some sort of trauma they have experienced.

The State in which they reside puts the children in temporary custody, while the biological parents complete individualized requirements to earn back custody of their children.

The ages of foster children available for adoption are between infancy and 21 years of age. The Fostering Connections Act allows states the option to continue providing care for a child up to the age of 21 if they are attending school, working at least 80 hours per month, or suffering a medical hardship.

A bit more than half of all foster children are returned to their biological parents. The children remaining in the foster care system are many times adopted by their relatives or their foster family. Foster care adoption is similar to other types of adoption concerning the paperwork, requirement obligations, etc.

Due to the trauma that all foster care children have been rescued from, it is important to be prepared for and understand the healing process that will follow.

Continued counseling as well as working on personal issues is to be expected.

The cost of foster care adoption is very minimal, if not zero out-of-pocket.

This is another incentive for many adoptive parents to strongly consider adoption through the foster care system. Those wanting to adopt from the foster care system are strongly encouraged to first become foster parents. This is a wonderful way to access the compatibility between yourself and the child you are considering for adoption. Becoming a foster parent prior to adoption reduces the wait time to finalize the adoption process. That is a huge plus and a great incentive to put that foster-care-parent hat on first!

How to Choose an Adoption Agency?

If you have decided to adopt within the Utah, you will want to become familiar with the differences between local state adoption agencies and national adoption agencies. With so many things to consider, it is natural to feel a bit overwhelmed by the entire adoption process. It will all be worth it, though!

National Adoption Agency

A national adoption agency represents all 50 states with offices all over the country and tends to be very large. Adoption costs tend to be more expensive due to their overhead of having employees spread out all over the Utah, which differs from local state agencies with fewer employees.

You may be asked to satisfy more requirements due to other state adoption laws. It all depends on the state in which you are adopting in. There is naturally a larger selection of children to choose from with a national agency, as well as shorter wait times.

Local Adoption Agency

Local adoption agencies are smaller than national agencies, as they specialize in just one particular state. Many local agencies can still assist in finding children from all across the US and are not necessarily limited to selecting a child only from within their state.

These agencies are less expensive than a national agency, as their employee base is smaller.

You are apt to receive more personalized, face-to-face attention than you would a national agency.

Local agencies are overseen by the state, which in turn means they have more accountability than other types of adoption agencies.

Adoption Facilitators

Adoption facilitators are independent businesses specializing in matching adoptive parents with birth parents. They are basically like a liaison between the two parties involved.

These facilitators are not licensed adoption agencies. Facilitators arrange contact between the birth parent and the prospective adoptive parent. They are prohibited from using a photo listing to advertise children for placement.

Adoption Wait Times

For the future adopter, the wait can be the hardest part of the entire adoption process. There are some things you can do to distract yourself during this waiting process.

Maintaining a positive attitude is by far the best advice I can offer you. Overthinking during this time of wait can cause future adoptive parents to exacerbate their fears and doubts, creating a vicious cycle of worry. Constantly thinking about adopting a child can be referred to as adoption obsession. This is very typical of an adoptive parent that has never adopted a child before. With that said, it is not unheard of for adoptive parents who are not new to the process to suffer this same obsession.

Although putting a lot of time and thought into your adoption process venture is healthy and will help you become more educated, you do not want this obsession to get out of control!

You may find it helpful to reach out to other adoptive parents who have experienced the same things that you are going through to share your thoughts, concerns, and excitement.

What a wonderful way to get first-hand input that may hopefully help you along your adoption journey. Find others who have had feelings and experiences similar to your own to talk with. This is especially important if you have decided to adopt as a single parent. There is value in having others to talk to that have gone through or are going through the same experiences. We do not need a partner by our side to raise a happy, healthy child; but a human connection with others you can relate to can be a valuable experience!

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My Spouse Left The State With My Child What Do I Do?


It is not uncommon that after a marriage breakup, one of the parents might move out of state with the child(ren). If both parties consent, then there is no problem. If your spouse or partner makes the unilateral decision to move out of state, as you can imagine, the stress, fear, and anger you likely will feel can be overwhelming. There are few things during divorce that can be as scary. But be assured, that with the help of an experienced attorney on your side, you can get your child back. Whether they know it or not, the moving parent could be making a costly mistake that will haunt them as the custody battle goes forward. They may be jeopardizing their future custody relations with your child or children.

What Happens If The Other Parent Has Already Left The State?

Along with the complaint for custody and an emergency motion, there is a writ you can request which commands that the child be immediately returned to their home state. If the other parent remains out of state during the pendency of the custody case, you will most likely be granted temporary custodial parent status until a final decision is reached on permanent custody. The court will defer to the status quo and keep the child in the home state rather than cause more disruptions to the child’s routine. To remove children from their school, friends, and life as they know it, can be very traumatic for children. Therefore, the court will be hesitant to allow this to happen without a full custody trial. Since no two cases are ever the same, nothing is guaranteed. Like most situations, when it comes to legal decisions by the court, there are other factors that must be considered. For example, whenever the court makes a decision regarding a child, the court always must consider whether the decision is in the child’s best interest.

As mentioned above, there can be negative consequences for the parent who attempts to move the child out of state. One such example may be that the moving parent has demonstrated that they will put their personal interests above the best interests of the child or children. When a parent is willing to abruptly uproot the children away from their other parent that shows a total lack of regard for the critically important relationship the children has with each of their two parents. There is a consensus that it is better for a child to have a close and loving relationship with two parents. So if a parent disrupts that parent-child relationship, there must be a very good reason, otherwise it may backfire on them.

What Happens If You Do Nothing?

If your spouse or partner moves the children out of state and you do not immediately seek relief from the court, it creates an image that you may have consented or acquiesced the move. After a few months, if you try to convince the court that the move was damaging to your child(ren), the court may dismiss the motion on the grounds that if there was strong concern, you would have come to the court immediately. If you file immediately for an emergency custody order, it strongly supports that the other parent’s unilateral move of the child was not in the child’s best interest and clearly was not consented to by you.

Even if the move is agreed upon by both the parents, it is still advisable to seek temporary custody and visitation rights before the action. In this situation, if you need assistance in creating a viable temporary access order, contact an experienced and reputable family law attorney to help protect your custody and visitation rights during and after the litigation process.

What Should You Do If Your Spouse Leaves with the Children?

You have specific rights as a parent and you need to protect them immediately if your spouse leaves with the children. If you simply allow this to happen without any recourse, you may actually lose your rights when the divorce and custody case go in front of a judge. To protect your rights, immediately contact a Family Law attorney specializing in divorce and custody cases. The most important thing to do is to ask quickly – if you take weeks or months to act, the court will view it as if you don’t really care that much and it makes it look like you are just ‘going through the motions.’ Act fast, and demand that your children be returned to your care or that you are given equal parenting time with them. Nothing destroys a case better than not acting soon enough, especially if a parent takes the children out of state.

Get an Agreement in Place – your attorney should contact your spouse’s attorney immediately to begin working on an agreement. If you just show up and take the children, it could turn into a legal mess for you, so be patient and leave it to the attorneys. At the very least, the contact is documented so the courts will know you simply did not allow this to happen and that you are very interested in remaining in your children’s lives. Make the agreement reasonable and the chances that you will find common ground are higher than if you make a demand that seems too off-balanced in your favor. Ask for 50/50 parenting time and negotiate from there.

Create Visitation Schedule and Stick to It – the time you spend with your children will be scrutinized heavily during the divorce process. If you plan to fight for custody, make sure you are still involved in all parenting decisions for your children. You also need to make sure when the children are with you, you are there for them. Do not just pick them up and put them under the care of sitter, family member, or friend. Be there as their father/mother and spend quality time with them. This will matter when the case goes in front of a judge. In addition, do not miss any scheduled visits. If you have agreed to a schedule, stick to it so missed times cannot be used against you during the custody hearing. Be on time, be engaged with your children, and unless you are taking pictures or videos of the children having fun with you, keep your phone in your pocket.

What Happens When One Parent Wants To Move Away With The Children?

Generally, a parent who has a permanent order for sole physical custody (also called “primary physical custody”) can move away with the children unless the other parent can show that the move would harm the children. But it is not always clear whether a custody order is permanent or temporary, so what the law requires may be different in your case. Talk to a lawyer to make sure you understand how the law applies to your specific circumstances.
If the parents have joint physical custody of the children and 1 parent does not want the child to move, the parent that wants to move with the children must show the court that the move is in the best interest of the children.

Keep in mind that, although the physical custody label (“joint” or “sole”) you agree to in your parenting agreement is important, if there is a dispute, the court will usually look at the actual parenting schedule at the time of the move, rather than rely on the schedule the parents put in their parenting agreement.

If you are worried that the other parent may want to move away with your children, or if you think you may want to move away with the children, talk to a lawyer before you make a parenting plan to make sure your plan protects your rights as much as possible.

Staying Close To Your Children If They Move Away With The Other Parent

You can make a parenting plan that takes into consideration that your children are moving away and changes the visitation so that you can still have quality time with your children. Click for help with parenting plans.
Also, thanks to the Internet, there are other ways for you to stay connected to your children, not just e-mail. There is something called “virtual visitation” that helps you have “visits” with your children through web-based camera-computer technology.

Can I Move My Children Out Of The State?

The answer to this question is very complicated and may depend on many different factors. We strongly suggest talking to a lawyer for specific legal advice on your situation. The laws on parental kidnapping also known as custodial interference, child concealment, or parental abduction, are different in each state. In some states, it may be against the law to take children out of state only if it violates a custody order or if there is an active custody case pending. In other states, the act of taking the children out of state itself may not be illegal unless the parent hides (conceals) the children from the other parent. Other factors that may be considered are whether the parents are married and considered to have equal parental rights or, in the case of unmarried parents, whether the father’s paternity has been legally established. Additionally, there may be a big difference between if you are planning a short trip out of state or if you are intended to move out of state long-term.

Again, please talk to a lawyer in the state you are thinking of leaving from who understands custody laws and criminal laws to determine what your state’s laws are and how they might apply to your situation.

Can I Get Temporary Emergency Custody Before Or After Moving With My Child?

If you are applying in a state where you and the child have recently arrived:

Under a law called the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), you can apply for temporary emergency custody in a state that is not the “home state” of the child if:

The Child Is Present In The State And Either: The Child Has Been Abandoned; Or It is necessary in an emergency to protect the child because the child, or a sibling or parent of the child, is subjected to or threatened with mistreatment or abuse.

Emergency jurisdiction is a temporary solution designed to protect children who are at risk of abuse or mistreatment. Only the state with “preferred jurisdiction,” usually the home state, can issue or change a long-term custody order. If cases regarding the same child have been filed in two different places, the judges are required to communicate with each other to decide which state will keep the long-term custody case.

The Other Parent Is Threatening To Charge Me With Parental Kidnapping If I Leave The State. What Can I Do?

If you have not left the state yet or you have left but have not been charged with kidnapping, we strongly suggest that you talk to an attorney who specializes in criminal laws in your state. Hopefully, the attorney can advise you on whether or not you are in danger of committing parental kidnapping if you leave and what possible court actions you can take before leaving to do so legally. If you have left, you can ask about what steps you can take to try to avoid being charged with parental kidnapping.

In some states, if you are criminally charged but you are fleeing a pattern of domestic violence or to protect a child, then you may have what is called an “affirmative defense” to the charge of parental kidnapping – but this can depend on your state’s laws and your specific situation. If you have enough evidence to prove this defense, you might be able to avoid being convicted. However, it may not prevent you from being arrested and charged with the crime and you can still suffer all of the consequences that could come with being arrested, such as losing custody. If you are fleeing domestic violence or to protect your children, it may be a good idea to collect evidence of the abuse before you leave, if at all possible, depending on your situation. Evidence of domestic violence or child abuse may include proof of calls to 911, police reports, medical reports, criminal convictions of the batterer, proof that you have seen a counselor and tried to get help, testimony from family, friends, or other witnesses, or anything that is evidence of an ongoing abusive relationship. Note: In some states, there are specific conditions you need to meet before or immediately after you flee to take advantage of these legal protections.

For example, some states require a victim of domestic violence to make a report to law enforcement before leaving the state to avoid being charged with a crime. You can ask an attorney in the state you left from for this information. A few states do not apply their parental kidnapping laws to victims of domestic violence, which is why it is important to speak to a lawyer in your state to understand what the laws in your state require.
Again, we strongly recommend that you talk to an attorney in Utah who understands domestic violence, custody and your state’s criminal laws before you make a decision.

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The legal definition of family law in Taylorsville Utah is the collection of laws and legislation that relate to issues that have a serious and significant impact on family relationships. While family law is often seen as synonymous with handling divorce proceedings, the reality is that it encompasses a wide range of subjects that affect all areas of personal and family life. Family law lays out and protects the rights and responsibilities of family members across a wide spectrum of situations. It is designed to be a framework that provides a basis for achieving fair and equitable results for all family members involved, whether they are adults or children.

Family law can be an emotionally charged area of law, dealing as it often does with failing relationships and the resulting conflict. For this reason, family law solicitors require not only legal knowledge but also a good understanding of people and how to support them with appropriate sensitivity.

Reasons to Hire a Family Law Attorney in Taylorsville Utah

Most family lawyers represent clients in divorce proceedings and other matters related to divorce. But family law is a relatively broad practice area, including such issues as foster care and reproductive rights. Since family law matters hit so close to home, having a trusted legal professional by your side can help you ensure your loved ones are properly represented and protected during any legal process.

The most common reasons to hire a family law attorney include:

Divorce: Each partner hires his or her own attorney, who will help devise a settlement plan in order to avoid a trial. Divorce attorneys typically are skilled at dividing marital property, calculating spousal support, and proposing a plan for child custody, visitation, and support (if applicable).

Child Custody and Child Support: Court orders and settlement agreements involving both custody and support usually are included in the larger divorce case, but may be revisited as conditions change. For instance, child support may be altered after the non-custodial parent’s financial situation changes.

Paternity: In most cases, paternity cases are filed by the mother in an effort to secure child support payments from an absent father. But sometimes biological fathers file for paternity in order to have a relationship with their child. Paternity typically is determined through DNA testing.

Adoption: Adoption is a complex process that differs according to the type of adoption, where the child is from, variances in state laws, and other factors. Therefore, it’s important to consult with a family law attorney. Foster parents sometimes adopt their foster children, but the foster process does not necessarily require legal representation.

What is a Prenup?

A prenuptial agreement (“prenup” for short) is a written contract created by two people before they are married. A prenup typically lists all of the property each person owns (as well as any debts) and specifies what each person’s property rights will be after the marriage. In some states, a prenuptial agreement is known as an “ante nuptial agreement,” or in more modern terms, a “premarital agreement.” Sometimes the word “contract” is substituted for “agreement,” as in “prenuptial contract.” An agreement made during marriage, rather than before, is known as a “postnuptial,” “post marital,” or “marital” agreement. Contrary to popular opinion, prenups are not just for the rich. While prenups are often used to protect the assets of a wealthy fiancé, couples of more modest means are increasingly turning to them for their own purposes.

Reasons That Some People Want a Prenup:

Pass separate property to children from prior marriages. A marrying couple with children from prior marriages may use a prenup to spell out what will happen to their property when they die, so that they can pass on separate property to their children and still provide for each other, if necessary. Without a prenup, a surviving spouse might have the right to claim a large portion of the other spouse’s property, leaving much less for the kids.

Clarify financial rights. Couples with or without children, wealthy or not, may simply want to clarify their financial rights and responsibilities during marriage.

Avoid arguments in case of divorce. Or they may want to avoid potential arguments if they ever divorce, by specifying in advance how their property will be divided, and whether or not either spouse will receive alimony. (A few states won’t allow a spouse to give up the right to alimony, however, and, in most others, a waiver of alimony will be scrutinized heavily and won’t be enforced if the spouse who is giving up alimony didn’t have a lawyer.)

Get protection from debts. Prenups can also be used to protect spouses from each other’s debts, and they may address a multitude of other issues as well.

If you don’t make a prenuptial agreement, your state’s laws determine who owns the property that you acquire during your marriage, as well as what happens to that property at divorce or death. (Property acquired during your marriage is known as either marital or community property, depending on your state.) State law may even have a say in what happens to some of the property you owned before you were married. Under the law, marriage is considered to be a contract between the marrying couple, and with that contract comes certain automatic property rights for each spouse. For example, in the absence of a prenup stating otherwise, a spouse usually has the right to:

• share ownership of property acquired during marriage, with the expectation that the property will be divided between the spouses in the event of a divorce or at death

• incur debts during marriage that the other spouse may have to pay for, and

• share in the management and control of any marital or community property, sometimes including the right to sell it or give it away.

Making a Valid Prenup

As prenuptial agreements become more common, the law is becoming friendlier toward them. Traditionally, courts scrutinized prenups with a suspicious eye, because they almost always involved a waiver of legal and financial benefits by a less wealthy spouse and they were thought to encourage breakups. As divorce and remarriage have become more prevalent, and with more equality between the sexes, courts and legislatures are increasingly willing to uphold premarital agreements. Today, every state permits them, although a prenup that is judged unfair or otherwise fails to meet state requirements will still be set aside. However, because courts still look carefully at prenups, it is important that you negotiate and write up your agreement in a way that is clear, understandable, and legally sound. If you draft your own agreement, which we recommend, you’ll want to have separate lawyers review it and at least briefly advise you about it otherwise a court is much more likely to question its validity

Types of Adoption

Agency Adoptions: Agency adoptions involve the placement of a child with adoptive parents by a public agency, or by a private agency licensed or regulated by the state. Public agencies generally place children who have become wards of the state for reasons such as orphanage, abandonment, or abuse. Private agencies are sometimes run by charities or social service organizations. Children placed through private agencies are usually brought to the agency by a parent or parents who have or are expecting a child they want to give up for adoption.

Independent Adoptions: In a private, or independent, adoption, no agency is involved in the adoption. Some independent adoptions involve a direct arrangement between the birth parents and the adoptive parents, while others use an intermediary such as an attorney, doctor, or clergyperson. For most independent adoptions, whether or not an intermediary is involved, the adopting parents will usually hire an attorney to take care of the court paperwork. Most states allow independent adoptions, though many regulate them quite carefully.

Open adoption: This is an independent adoption in which the adoptive parents and birth parents have contact during the gestation period and the new parents agree to maintain some contact with the birth parents after the adoption, through letters, photos, or in-person visits.

Identified Adoptions: An identified, or designated, adoption is one in which the adopting parents and the birth mother find each other and then ask an adoption agency to take over the rest of the adoption process. The process is a hybrid of an independent and an agency adoption. Prospective adoptive parents are spared the waiting lists of agencies by finding the birth parent themselves, but they reap the benefits of the agency’s counseling services and experience with adoption legalities. Everyone may simply feel more comfortable if an agency is involved. Identified adoptions are available to parents in the states that ban independent adoptions.

International Adoptions: In an international adoption, the new parents adopt a child who is a citizen of a foreign country. In addition to satisfying the adoption requirements of both the foreign country and the parents’ home state in Taylorsville, the parents must obtain an immigrant visa for the child.

Stepparent Adoptions: In a stepparent adoption, a parent’s new spouse adopts a child the parent had with a previous partner. Stepparent adoption procedures are less cumbersome than agency or independent adoption procedures. The process is quite simple, especially if the child’s other birth parent consents to the adoption. If the other birth parent cannot be found or if he or she refuses to consent to the adoption, there is more paperwork to do and the adoptive parents may need an attorney.

Same-Sex Adoptions: Rules about same-sex couples vary from state to state. In states that have some form of recognition for same-sex relationships, same-sex couples may adopt children together and one partner may adopt the child of the other partner. In some states, the adoption can be done under the streamlined stepparent adoption procedures, making the process inexpensive, quick, and easy.

Relative (Kinship) Adoptions: In a relative adoption, also called a kinship adoption, a member of the child’s family steps forward to adopt. Grandparents often adopt their grandchildren if the parents die while the children are minors, or if the parents are unable to take care of the children for other reasons (such as being in jail or on drugs). In most states, these adoptions are easier than non-relative adoptions. If the adopted child has siblings who are not adopted at the same time, kinship adoption procedures usually provide for contact between the siblings after the adoption.

Adult Adoptions: In most states, it’s legal for one adult to adopt another as long as there’s at least a ten-year age difference and the parties can show why the adoption is in the interests of both the parties involved and the public good. Often, adult adoptions are stepparent adoptions that the family didn’t get around to when the younger person was a minor, but wants to complete in order to assure inheritance rights. Sometimes, older adults who don’t have children of their own meet younger persons who they wish to treat as their children for inheritance purposes. There are protections in place in many states requiring oversight of adult adoptions where caregivers of the elderly are involved, in order preventing elder financial abuse.

How Do I Change My Name In Taylorsville, Utah

You can change your name by following your state’s name change guidelines. While each state’s policy varies, the first step is to file a formal petition for a name change with your local court. You can ask the court if it supplies the forms. Otherwise, you may need to check online or consult with an attorney.

Complete the forms and hand them to the court clerk. Next, the court may require you to obtain official fingerprints and a background check through local law enforcement or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Once you’ve completed your fingerprinting and background check, some states require you to set up and pay for a formal advertisement in the local newspaper or other publication. The purpose of advertising your name change is to inform your creditors and any other interested party of your intent to change your name. In most cases, the publication is a formality that doesn’t interfere with the name change process. Lastly, you’ll need to attend a formal hearing in front of a judge or magistrate. During the hearing, the judge will ask you your reasons for changing your name and will ask you, under oath, to verify that you’re not seeking a name change to commit fraud or for any other unlawful reason. If the judge is satisfied with your testimony, the court will issue the name change.

Whether you’ve changed your name on your own, by marriage, or with a court order, the most critical part of accomplishing a name change is letting others know. If you start a new job, apply for a new credit card, or begin school, use only your new name. Introduce yourself to new friends and acquaintances with your new name. You’ll also need to contact individuals and companies that have your previous name and contact information, including the following:

State and Federal Government Agencies

One of the first steps for any name change is for you to visit your state and other government agencies to have your name changed on their records. You may need to provide proof of your court order, marriage certificate, or judgment of divorce. In most cases, the best first steps you can take are to obtain a new driver’s license from the Department of Motor Vehicles and a Social Security card. Once you have a photo I.D. and a Social Security card, it’s usually easier to change your name with other institutions.

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It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. Legal problems come to everyone. Whether it’s your son who gets in a car wreck, your uncle who loses his job and needs to file for bankruptcy, your sister’s brother who’s getting divorced, or a grandparent that passes away without a will -all of us have legal issues and questions that arise. So when you have a law question, call Ascent Law for your free consultation (801) 676-5506. We want to help you!

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8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

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Taylorsville, Utah

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Taylorsville, Utah
Location in Salt Lake County and the state of Utah.

Location in Salt Lake County and the state of Utah.
Coordinates: 40°39′18″N 111°56′58″WCoordinates40°39′18″N 111°56′58″W
Country United States
State Utah
County Salt Lake
Settled 1848
Incorporated July 1, 1996
Named for John Taylor

 • Mayor Kristie Overson
 • City Council Ernest Burgess, Anna Barbieri, Meredith Harker, Curt Cochran & Bob Knudsen
 • Presiding Judge Christopher Bown

 • Total 10.85 sq mi (28.10 km2)
 • Land 10.85 sq mi (28.10 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)

4,295 ft (1,309 m)

 • Total 60,448
 • Density 5,571.24/sq mi (2,151.17/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
ZIP codes
84129, 84123
Area code(s) 385, 801
FIPS code 49-75360[2]
GNIS feature ID 1433206[3]
Website http://www.taylorsvilleut.gov/

Taylorsville is a city in Salt Lake CountyUtah. It is part of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. The population was 60,448 at the time of the 2020 census. Taylorsville was incorporated from the Taylorsville–Bennion CDP and portions of the Kearns metro township on July 1, 1996. The city is located adjacent to Interstate 215 and Bangerter Highway. It is located in the middle of the Salt Lake Valley.

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We've gotten divorce and child custody work from Ascent Law since the beginning because of my ex. We love this divorce firm! Staff is gentle, friendly and skilled. Tanya knows her stuff. Nicole is good and Ryan is fun. Really, all the staff here are careful, kind and flexible. They always answer all my questions, explain what they're doing and provide great legal services. I personally think they are the best for divorce in Utah.

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I have had an excellent experience with Ascent Law, Michael Reed is an absolutely incredible attorney. He is 100% honest and straight forward through the entire legal process of things, he also has a wonderful approach to helping better understand certain agreements, rights, and legal standing of matters, to where it was easy to know whats going on the entire process. I appreciate the competency, genuine effort put forth, and assistance I received from Ascent and attorney Michael Reed, and I will be calling these guys if ever I have the need again for their legal assistance! 5star review Wonderful attorneys!

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This review is well deserved for Ryan and Josh. New clients should know they are worth the 5 star rating we give them. We needed 2 sessions from them because of the complexity of the matter, but they are both very passionate about his helping others in need.  My sister needed bankruptcy and I needed divorce.  Sometimes they go hand in hand but a large shout out to this team - also Nicole is one of the sweetest people you ever did meet - she offered me warm cookies!

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Mike Anderson and his colleagues & staff are knowledgeable, attentive and caring. In a difficult and complex case that eventually went to trial, Mike was the voice of reason and the confidence I needed. His courtroom abilities are amazing and I felt his defense of me was incredible. His quick thinking and expertise allowed for a positive result when I felt the World was crumbling. His compassion, after the case, has helped me return to a good life. I trust Mike and his staff. They are friendly and very good at what they do.

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I worked with Attorney Alex and Paralegal Ami in my divorce case. I got to know the team very well over the course of two years. I cannot think of a better team to have worked with. Ami and Alex are not only exceptional law professions who are very knowledgeable and thorough, they are also the best human beings who empathize with the emotions I was experiencing. Alex was conscious of my budget and worked efficiently to try to reduce unnecessary legal expenses. My case also involved some dealings with a foreign country that Alex and his team had previously dealt with.  They did an amazing job addressing cultural barriers in a very respectful manner and did not fall short in quality of work or in standards when dealing with some of these new challenges. Ami deserves a medal for being extremely professional, calming, and compassionate when it is needed most.  When you need family law attorneys, call this firm. I now feel I can move forward with grace and dignity.

What Rights Do Men Have?

What Rights Do Men Have

With marriage rates declining, there is an increase in children being born to unwed couples. There is no “apparent” stigma and society seems to have embraced this as a norm. Indeed, in the past a child born out of wedlock was called “illegitimate”.

However, now our society recognizes that there is nothing illegitimate about any human being and all children recognized rights of a person independent of whether or not their parents are married. This positive shift has however, resulted in questions being raised regarding the rights of parents, especially fathers, with respect to their offspring.
What rights does the father have when he believes that another woman (his lover; girlfriend; or unmarried partner) is carrying his child? Does he have the right to ask his partner to stop smoking? Does he have the right to insist on a specific type of birth (hospital; midwife; water birth; natural birth; or otherwise)? Does he have the right to stop his lover from having an abortion or even engaging in dangerous activities or experiences while pregnant? Does he have the right to have the baby bear his last name or the name of his choice when the baby is born? Does he have the right to stop or insist on a circumcision at birth in the hospital?

In our firm we have handled over 15,000 cases over the years and we have seen all of the above situations. In fact, we are contacted regularly by men seeking answers to these questions. More specifically, how can any man know whether or not the child in another person’s (a woman) womb is his? The only way to determine this would be from a paternity test during the pregnancy, a procedure known as a “Pre-natal Paternity Testing”.
It is only through pre-natal paternity testing that the man could even hope to assert a plan as putative father. In other words, a man is precluded from asserting his rights pending the results of a paternity test. This begs the question: Does a man have the right to order pre-natal paternity testing? No.

Even though there are genetic marker tests and blood tests, whereby the fetus is undisturbed, (there is no intrusive or risky Amniocentesis, there is no testing of the amniotic fluid or the fetal tissues;) it is simply a pin prick test of the mother. The mother’s right to privacy together with the HIPAA Laws prevent ordering a woman to submit to pre-natal paternity tests.

The law is confusing in this area because the new state law allows a specific law suit and it also states that the matter must be adjourned until the birth of the child.

Nowhere in the article is there a provision for the testing of the fetus. The child must already be born even though the action for the genetic testing can be done while the woman is pregnant. Unfortunately, even though the scientific reliability of a pre-natal test is, for all reasonable purposes, conclusive, the Court does not have the statutory authority to order such testing. This is compounded by a woman’s right to control her own body within the parameters of Federal and State Law outside of Family Law. Accordingly, even if the Family Court Act in the local and State Law was to be amended to allow some pre-natal paternity testing after six months of pregnancy to deal with issues such as a pregnant mother’s recklessness; drug use or smoking; choice of delivery methods; circumcision’s remain selective. This would not be something that could effectively survive challenges under HIPAA Privacy Laws and Personal

Privacy Laws under the United States Constitution.

The reality of the situation is that a man who believes he is the father of a unborn child, has no rights until the child is born. It is our experience that 85% of the cases when a man is seeking to obtain pre-natal testing or otherwise interfere with a woman’s pregnancy it is because that man wants to set himself up as an exceptional father and therefore must be more involved and caring than the average man. Only 15% of the cases where the pre-natal testing is sought do we find a man is seeking our advice due to an ulterior motive such as control; options of fleeing the jurisdiction before the birth; and financial planning.

The above being said, motherhood involves sacrifices that cannot be shared or understood of people who are not mothers. Motherhood and pregnancy are a very special time and children are not only our future, they will be our replacements. How parents treat each other during their children’s lives will affect not only this child, but it will have cumulative generational affect from one child to another. Families come in all different sizes and shapes in this day and age. It is important that people take care of themselves and each other especially when there is a child involved.

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8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

Telephone: (801) 676-5506

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What Is Malicious Mother Syndrome?

Divorce and custody proceedings are often high-stress, contentious events that can cause extreme behavior on the part of those involved. Some cases have resulted in situations tied to what is often called “Malicious Mother Syndrome” or “Malicious Parent Syndrome.” This syndrome was first theorized by Dr. Ira Turkat (who is a psychologist) to describe a pattern of abnormal behavior during divorce.

It is important to note that Malicious Mother or Malicious Parent Syndrome is not currently recognized as a mental disorder by the medical profession. Rather, the syndrome describes a type of behavior at issue in some court cases and has lead proponents to call for further study and research.

What Is Malicious Mother Syndrome

When this syndrome occurs, a divorced or divorcing parent seeks to punish the other parent, sometimes going far enough as to harm or deprive their children in order to make the other parent look bad. Though most commonly called Malicious Mother Syndrome, both mothers and fathers can be capable of such actions.

Characteristics of Malicious Parent Syndrome

In his initial discussion of Malicious Mother Syndrome, Dr. Turkat sought to identify and describe a condition where one parent acts purposefully and vengefully towards the other during or following divorce.

Malicious Parent Syndrome is characterized by four major criteria. Someone suffering from the syndrome:

  1. Attempts to punish the divorcing parent though alienating their children from the other parent and involving others or the courts in actions to separate parent and child;
  2. Seeks to deny children visitation and communication with the other parent and involvement in the child’s school or extra-curricular activities;
  3. Lies to their children and others repeatedly and may engage in violations of law;
  4. Doesn’t suffer any other mental disorder which would explain these actions.

Examples of Malicious Parents

The idea of identifying a syndrome or mental disorder to explain the actions of extreme malicious behavior by parents during divorce arose from examples of vindictive parents in clinical and legal cases. Some of these behaviors include burning down the house of an ex-spouse, falsely accusing the other parent of abuse, or purposely interfering with planned parenting time.

In one particular example that could be called an instance of malicious parent syndrome, a mother told her children they could not afford food because their father had wasted all their money. In another, a parent repeatedly misinformed the other parent about school activities, so that the parent could not participate in the child’s school life. In all of these actions, the intent is to harm the other parent.

Psychological Consequences of Malicious Acts

When one parent goes out of his or her way to hurt the other, great strain can be put on both the harmed parent and their relationship with the child. In some cases, a parent who is repeatedly subjected to malicious acts by their ex-spouse may withdraw from their child’s life in order to avoid further conflict. A malicious parent may also successfully manipulate a child, resulting in them disliking and wanting to spend less time with the other parent.

Legal Consequences of Malicious Acts

Many of the behaviors associated with malicious parent syndrome can have legal consequences and may constitute civil and criminal law violations.

Some actions related to Malicious Parent Syndrome can be easily understood as criminal acts, such as attacking the other parent or damaging their property. Depriving children of food or money, in order to make the other parent look bad, could constitute a form of child abuse, which can violate both family and criminal laws. Similarly, should a malicious parent lie under oath, he or she may be charged with the crime of perjury.

Other acts related to Malicious Parent Syndrome may be violations of civil law. For example, denying a parent their court-ordered visitation rights can constitute illegal parent time interference and can result in fines, court-ordered counseling, and adjustments to custody and visitation plans. Lying about the acts of the other parent in a way which harms his or her reputation and results in actual injury can constitute defamation.

Malicious behavior by a parent can also impact parenting plans and custody arrangements. If a parent has been involved in alienating, cruel or illegal behavior, this conduct can be considered a factor in any proceeding to gain or adjust custody.

If You’ve Been the Victim of a Malicious Parent

If you or your children have been the victim of an ex-spouse’s vengeful behavior which may be a result of Malicious Mother or Malicious Parent Syndrome, you’re not without recourse. You may be able to:

  • have custody and support agreements modified,
  • seek court-ordered counseling for the malicious parent or
  • obtain supervised visitation.

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West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

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Unmarried Partners, Medical Directives and the Durable Power of Attorney for Finances

Unmarried Partners, Medical Directives and the Durable Power of Attorney for Finances

Unmarried couples, including many domestic partnerships, aren’t typically allowed to make emergency medical and financial decisions for each other. If you ever become seriously injured or are otherwise unable to make these decisions and you want to make sure your partner has a say, then you need to create at least two things:

  • A medical/healthcare directive (which consists of a health care declaration and a durable power of attorney), and
  • A durable power of attorney for finances.

If you do not create these documents to empower your partner, these decisions will largely be made by your biological relatives who may or may not respect the input of your partner.

Medical Directives Generally

Each state has its own laws governing the creation of medical directives, but all such directives allow you to name someone to direct your medical care if you become incapacitated. Medical directives are particularly important for unmarried couples because, although most states list biological family members and spouses as potential decision makers, they do not generally list unmarried partners. Even if a state does list unmarried partners as potential decision makers, they are given lower priority than married spouses and biological family members. Finally, even if your state does recognize unmarried partners, if you are injured in another state, that state may not recognize your partner’s rights.

Medical Directives The Healthcare Declaration

The first document you need to create to ensure that your medical wishes are honored is the healthcare declaration. This written document sets out how you should be cared for in an emergency or if you are otherwise incapacitated. Your healthcare declaration will set forth your wishes on topics such as resuscitation, desired quality of life and end of life treatments including treatments you don’t want to receive. This document is primarily between you and your doctor, and it advises them how to approach your treatment.

Medical Directives The Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare

The durable power of attorney for healthcare is given to the person you want to make medical decisions for you in an emergency. Even though you set out your wishes in your healthcare declaration, such documents can never cover every circumstance, and the person who has a durable power of attorney for healthcare is the person who makes decisions not covered by your healthcare directive. Keep in mind that the person with a durable power of attorney for healthcare can never contradict the terms of your healthcare declaration.

Depending on your state, the person you grant a durable power of attorney for healthcare will typically be called your “agent,” “proxy,” or “attorney-in-fact”. The typical rights for this person include:

  • Providing medical decisions that aren’t covered in your healthcare declaration
  • Enforcing your healthcare wishes in court if necessary
  • Hiring and firing doctors and medical workers seeing to your treatment
  • Having access to medical records
  • Having visitation rights

Finally, note that in some states they combine the healthcare declaration and the durable power of attorney for healthcare into one document called an “advance health care directive”.

Durable Power of Attorney for Finances

The durable power of attorney for finances works similarly to the durable power of attorney for healthcare, in that it allows whomever you designate the ability to make decisions in that area. The person you appoint with a durable power of attorney for finances will have the ability to make financial decisions for you if you are incapacitated.

Just like in healthcare, if you want your partner to have a say, you have to put it in writing. Most states will only recognize biological relatives and married spouses. If you do not expressly grant your partner a durable power of attorney for finances, he or she will have no legal say in your financial matters.

It is also worth noting that there are two basic forms of durable power of attorney for finances, usually referred to as “springing” or “immediate”. A springing durable power of attorney for finances would become effective once you were incapacitated, but not before. A springing durable power of attorney for finances makes sense in many situations, but for unmarried couples it may not. If you make the durable power of attorney for finances immediate, then your partner can make financial decisions for you during your life just like a married spouse can.

Finally, here are some of the rights and responsibilities that whomever you grant a durable power of attorney for finances will have to make:

  • Paying your bills
  • Paying your taxes
  • Conducting your bank transactions
  • Managing and investing your money
  • Purchasing insurance for you
  • Buying, selling and managing any of your property
  • Operating your business

Collecting your government benefits and inheritance.

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West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

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Can I call my child as a witness in court to say where she would like to live?

I’m asked many different questions as a Utah divorce lawyer. This one is not unique. You may want to this about this question again. Do you really want your child to testify as a witness? Do you really want your child to be placed in the position of being made to choose which parent he/she prefers or “loves more”? That kind of thing could really scar some (I emphasize some, not all) children emotionally.

Let’s assume for the sake of this response, however, that you have legitimate and compelling reasons for the child to testify on the subject of the child custody and/or parent-time orders. By way of historical note, few people know that before 1969, the Utah Code provided that children ten years of age “shall have the privilege of selecting the parent to which they will attach themselves.” Not anymore.

Can I call my child as a witness in court to say where she would like to live

Now the Utah Code provisions regarding child testimony on the subject of custody and parent-time (visitation) are found in Utah Code § 30–3–10(1) and read, in pertinent part, as follows:

  • (e) The court may inquire of a child and take into consideration the child’s desires regarding future custody or parent-time schedules, but the expressed desires are not controlling and the court may determine the child’s custody or parent-time otherwise. The desires of a child 14 years of age or older shall be given added weight, but is not the single controlling factor.
  • (f) If an interview with a child is conducted by the court pursuant to Subsection (1)(e), the interview shall be conducted by the judge in camera. The prior consent of the parties may be obtained but is not necessary if the court finds that an interview with a child is the only method to ascertain the child’s desires regarding custody.

Now you may ask (and if you weren’t thinking of asking, you should), “So how frequently does a Utah court ‘find that an interview with a child is the only method to ascertain the child’s desires regarding custody’?”

The answer is: almost never, and for the reason I stated at the beginning of my response to your question, i.e., the vast majority of judges and commissioners in Utah believe that a child should never be questioned on the subject of his/her desires regarding future custody or parent-time schedules because of concern that placing the child in the position of having to choose could be emotionally agonizing.

While the desire to avoid traumatizing a child emotionally is valid, it is often abused by judges as a convenient excuse not to question children under any circumstances, no matter how compelling (and thus saves time and allows the court greater discretion in deciding the issue, since the child’s testimony never gets heard).

Another valid concern, but one that is also often abused as a convenient excuse for judicial sloth, is whether a child’s testimony is all that credible, given that a child may have been unduly influenced by a parent to say what the parent wants the child to say, rather than what the child honestly observed, feels and desires.

Some judges will dodge a child interview by claiming to be “unqualified” to question a child on the subject of custody and parent-time. To that lame argument I point out that the legislature has clearly expressly deemed the judge qualified to question a child by authorizing the judge by statute to interview the child. Thus, if a judge still feels unqualified, that judge either needs to read up or get trained up to the point of finally feeling qualified or resign from the job of being a judge.

Some judges claim that they can avoid questioning children, yet still solicit their desires by having someone else (such as an attorney appointed for the child—who is called a “guardian ad litem”—or having a social worker or psychologist) interview them and then report that to to judge. But that’s silly. The interview still takes place. The questions still get asked and answered, but they aren’t asked by or heard by the judge directly. There’s a reason we have witnesses testify in the presence of the judge: so that the judge can hear the testimony first-hand and without filtration or bias from a second-hand source, so that the judge can truly ascertain the witness’ credibility. When all a judge does is get testimony through a “child whisperer,” the integrity of the fact-finding process is needlessly undermined.

Additionally, the guardian ad litem and/or psychologist isn’t an expense the court bears; one or both parents have to pay for these people’s “services,” which ends up costing the parents a lot of money, wasting a lot of time, and needlessly raising hearsay concerns. I have no problem with an expert supplementing the evidence when warranted, but at bottom, wholesale delegation of the interview responsibility is passing the buck, pure and simple.

Personally, I don’t see why the overwhelming majority of Utah district court judges are so unwilling to question children on the record on the subject of custody and parent-time. First, children testify in all kinds of court settings without wrecking their lives. Second, it’s not as though the only way to solicit the children’s testimony is by subjecting them to the same kinds of brutal interrogation techniques used with hardened criminals or spies. It’s the children who will be affected most by the child custody and parent-time orders, so I cannot see how an intellectually honest judge could claim that a child’s observations, experiences, feelings, opinions, and desires on the subject are not key to reaching a custody and parent-time order that is in that child’s best interest. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Fortunately, commissioners and judges in Utah appear to me to be coming around to my way of thinking, albeit slowly and reluctantly.

So if you were hoping to have the judge interview the child to inform the judge of the child’s custody and parent-time preferences, I wouldn’t count on it in Salt Lake, Provo, West Jordan, or Sandy Utah.

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8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

Telephone: (801) 676-5506

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Hоw саn аn аdорtiоn аttоrnеу сhаngе уоur lifе? Bу hеlрing уоu bring a new loved one intо your lifе. Hоwеvеr, when аdорting, there аrе оftеn legal hurdles to jumр, fees tо рау, and timе ѕреnt оn waiting lists. Thiѕ iѕ whеrе an adoption attorney саn bе ԛuitе vаluаblе. If уоu have nо еxреriеnсе in adoption, it’s сruсiаl tо соnѕult with аn аttоrnеу.

Your Adoption Options

If you аrе just gеtting started in аdорtiоn, it’s undеrѕtаndаblе to be overwhelmed by уоur options. Thе initial steps саn ѕоmеtimеѕ bе thе hаrdеѕt. You might gо tо аn agency, juѕt сuriоuѕ оn the process, and see thе hugе fееѕ, complicated сritеriа, аnd lоng wаiting list. Yоu have many орtiоnѕ, аnd thе firѕt value оf аn аdорtiоn аttоrnеу is еxрlаining thеm. While agency аdорtiоnѕ can bе соѕtlу аnd timе consuming, уоu may gеt thе сhild уоu really wаnt. On the other hаnd, уоu might сhооѕе tо use independent аdорtiоn, аdорting dirесtlу frоm a birth раrеnt. These are juѕt ѕоmе оf your options, аnd a lаwуеr can hеlр explain thеm.

Gеt the Child Yоu Wаnt

Do уоu want a сhild оf your rасе аnd сulturе? Wоuld уоu bе willing tо аdорt mоrе thаn one child, or a сhild born in аnоthеr соuntrу? Tо get thе сhild you wаnt in your fаmilу, an аdорtiоn attorney is invаluаblе. Thе more specific уоu аrе on thе child уоu wаnt, the mоrе diffiсult. If уоu аrе not too picky аbоut the аgе оf a сhild, frоm whеrе the child соmеѕ from, аnd his оr her еthniс grоuр, you саn save ѕоmе time. In еithеr саѕе, уоu should gеt аn аttоrnеу’ѕ help.

Save Timе

An аdорtiоn lаwуеr саn best explain уоur options, saving you timе. If you аrе аgаinѕt bеing put on a wаiting liѕt for уеаrѕ – whiсh ѕоmеtimеѕ dоеѕ hарреn – уоu might аvоid аn аgеnсу аdорtiоn. Or you mау рrеfеr рауing mоrе and wоrking with a private аgеnсу fоr adoption. Hоwеvеr, if this iѕ уоur firѕt time аdорting, уоu mау not know аbоut аll the lеgаl iѕѕuеѕ whiсh соmе uр in аdорtiоn. Yоu mау nоt be аwаrе оf how аn independent аdорtiоn wоrkѕ, оr how soon уоu саn аdорt a сhild from a fоrеign country. It’ѕ аlѕо likеlу уоu won’t know how tо fill out forms аnd ѕtudу agencies and раrеntѕ. An adoption аttоrnеу iѕ invaluable here.

Sаvе Mоnеу

Yеѕ, a lаwуеr сhаrgеѕ a fee, but with ѕоmе adoption costs еxсееding $40,000, a lаwуеr fее iѕ thе least оf your concerns. You саn ѕаvе timе by wоrking with an аdорtiоn аttоrnеу, but if уоu are raising a family and want tо аdорt, spending tеnѕ of thousands is likely out of thе ԛuеѕtiоn. Thiѕ iѕ whеrе аn attorney саn bеѕt еxрlаin уоur options. Not all аgеnсу аdорtiоnѕ are thаt еxреnѕivе. Alѕо, уоu might choose an older сhild, a pair оf ѕiblingѕ, оr even a child from аnоthеr соuntrу. Indереndеnt adoption can be еxреnѕivе tоо, ѕо wоrking with an аttоrnеу is сruсiаl.

Lеgаl Protection

Finаllу, аdорtiоn is a vеrу complex legally. Fоr оnе, if уоu сhооѕе to uѕе аgеnсу аdорtiоn, they have strict сritеriа on whо саn аdорt. If you are a ѕаmе ѕеx couple, fоr еxаmрlе, уоu might hаvе trouble adopting in ѕоmе states. Whilе the сhild’ѕ protection and rights аrе ѕuрrеmе, thеrе iѕ саuѕе fоr mistakes and misunderstandings. An аdорtiоn attorney саn рrоtесt уоur rightѕ аnd еnѕurе you аrе trеаtеd fаirlу.

Adoption Lawyer

If you are ready for the next step in adoption, please call Ascent Law for your free consultation (801) 676-5506. We want to help you!

Michael R. Anderson, JD

Ascent Law LLC
8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

Telephone: (801) 676-5506
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Salt Lake City


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Salt Lake City, Utah
City of Salt Lake City[1]
Clockwise from top: The skyline in July 2011, Utah State Capitol, TRAX, Union Pacific Depot, the Block U, the City-County Building, and the Salt Lake Temple

Clockwise from top: The skyline in July 2011, Utah State CapitolTRAXUnion Pacific Depot, the Block U, the City-County Building, and the Salt Lake Temple

“The Crossroads of the West”

Interactive map of Salt Lake City
Coordinates: 40°45′39″N 111°53′28″WCoordinates40°45′39″N 111°53′28″W
Country United States United States
State Utah
County Salt Lake
Platted 1847; 175 years ago[2]
Named for Great Salt Lake

 • Type Strong Mayor–council
 • Mayor Erin Mendenhall (D)

 • City 110.81 sq mi (286.99 km2)
 • Land 110.34 sq mi (285.77 km2)
 • Water 0.47 sq mi (1.22 km2)

4,327 ft (1,288 m)

 • City 199,723
 • Rank 122nd in the United States
1st in Utah
 • Density 1,797.52/sq mi (701.84/km2)
 • Urban

1,021,243 (US: 42nd)
 • Metro

1,257,936 (US: 47th)
 • CSA

2,606,548 (US: 22nd)
Demonym Salt Laker[5]
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6
ZIP Codes

ZIP Codes[6]
Area codes 801, 385
FIPS code 49-67000[7]
GNIS feature ID 1454997[8]
Major airport Salt Lake City International Airport
Website Salt Lake City Government

Salt Lake City (often shortened to Salt Lake and abbreviated as SLC) is the capital and most populous city of Utah, as well as the seat of Salt Lake County, the most populous county in Utah. With a population of 199,723 in 2020,[10] the city is the core of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which had a population of 1,257,936 at the 2020 census. Salt Lake City is further situated within a larger metropolis known as the Salt Lake City–Ogden–Provo Combined Statistical Area, a corridor of contiguous urban and suburban development stretched along a 120-mile (190 km) segment of the Wasatch Front, comprising a population of 2,606,548 (as of 2018 estimates),[11] making it the 22nd largest in the nation. It is also the central core of the larger of only two major urban areas located within the Great Basin (the other being Reno, Nevada).

Salt Lake City was founded July 24, 1847, by early pioneer settlers, led by Brigham Young, who were seeking to escape persecution they had experienced while living farther east. The Mormon pioneers, as they would come to be known, entered a semi-arid valley and immediately began planning and building an extensive irrigation network which could feed the population and foster future growth. Salt Lake City’s street grid system is based on a standard compass grid plan, with the southeast corner of Temple Square (the area containing the Salt Lake Temple in downtown Salt Lake City) serving as the origin of the Salt Lake meridian. Owing to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake, the city was originally named Great Salt Lake City. In 1868, the word “Great” was dropped from the city’s name.[12]

Immigration of international members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsmining booms, and the construction of the first transcontinental railroad initially brought economic growth, and the city was nicknamed “The Crossroads of the West”. It was traversed by the Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental highway, in 1913. Two major cross-country freeways, I-15 and I-80, now intersect in the city. The city also has a belt route, I-215.

Salt Lake City has developed a strong tourist industry based primarily on skiing and outdoor recreation. It hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. It is known for its politically progressive and diverse culture, which stands at contrast with the rest of the state’s conservative leanings.[13] It is home to a significant LGBT community and hosts the annual Utah Pride Festival.[14] It is the industrial banking center of the United States.[15] Salt Lake City and the surrounding area are also the location of several institutions of higher education including the state’s flagship research school, the University of Utah. Sustained drought in Utah has more recently strained Salt Lake City’s water security and caused the Great Salt Lake level drop to record low levels,[16][17] and impacting the state’s economy, of which the Wasatch Front area anchored by Salt Lake City constitutes 80%.[18]

Right of First Refusal

right of first refusal

What are Rightѕ of Firѕt Rеfuѕаl? They rеѕtriсt marketability of real estate bесаuѕе thеу discourage third раrtiеѕ frоm еngаging in thе timе, еffоrt, аnd expense оf due diligеnсе regarding the real property. Rightѕ оf first rеfuѕаl often add mоnthѕ to thе time thаt a transaction соuld occur, аnd they сrеаtе great unсеrtаintу for роtеntiаl third раrtу buуеrѕ as wеll аѕ for ѕеlling ѕhаrеhоldеrѕ. As most things in contracts, a right of first refusal can have both pros and cons depending on who you are and whether you hold the right.

Rightѕ оf firѕt rеfuѕаl (ROFRs) are ѕоmеtimеѕ considered tо be a form of buу-ѕеll аgrееmеnt or real estate purchase contract. These can apply in family law, in real estate law, in business law and in contracts.

For example, a right оf firѕt rеfuѕаl iѕ аn agreement designed, fоr thе mоѕt раrt, to rеѕtriсt оwnеrѕhiр оf shares bу limiting their mаrkеtаbilitу. The tурiсаl right оf firѕt rеfuѕаl states the соnditiоnѕ under which shares оf a соrроrаtiоn саn bе ѕоld. Rightѕ of firѕt refusal tеnd to work along thеѕе lines:

1. If a ѕhаrеhоldеr dеѕirеѕ tо ѕеll hiѕ or hеr ѕhаrеѕ tо a third раrtу and thе third раrtу рrоvidеѕ a соnсrеtе оffеr, thе corporation rеtаinѕ a right оf first rеfuѕаl to рurсhаѕе thе ѕhаrеѕ аt the same рriсе and оn the same tеrmѕ оffеrеd tо thе еxiѕting shareholder bу thе third раrtу. Thе соrроrаtiоn generally hаѕ a period оf time, frоm 30 tо 60 days оr more, during which to match the third раrtу offer аnd purchase the subject ѕhаrеѕ.

2. If thе соrроrаtiоn dоеѕ nоt match thе оffеr within thе ѕресifiеd реriоd, mаnу agreements рrоvidе what could be саllеd a “right оf second refusal” tо the оthеr ѕhаrеhоldеrѕ оf thе соrроrаtiоn. Such secondary rightѕ аrе normally оffеrеd tо the ѕhаrеhоldеrѕ рrо rаtа tо their existing оwnеrѕhiр. If оnе оr mоrе ѕhаrеhоldеrѕ elect not tо рurсhаѕе, thе other shareholders саn then purchase thе еxtrа ѕhаrеѕ (uѕuаllу pro rаtа tо rеmаining оwnеrѕhiр). Thе оthеr ѕhаrеhоldеrѕ thеn have a реriоd оf timе, from 30 to 60 days оr mоrе, during which tо mаtсh the third раrtу оffеr аnd рurсhаѕе the ѕubjесt shares.

3. In order tо аѕѕurе the роѕѕibilitу of a completed transaction, the corporation must hаvе a “last lооk” орроrtunitу to purchase thе ѕhаrеѕ if thе other ѕhаrеhоldеrѕ dо nоt. Thе соrроrаtiоn iѕ granted some аdditiоnаl time, реrhарѕ 30 to 60 days оr so, tо mаkе thiѕ final dесiѕiоn.

4. If all оf thе рriоr rightѕ аrе refused, then and оnlу thеn, iѕ the original shareholder allowed tо sell his оr her shares tо the third party – again, at thе рriсе аnd terms shown to thе соmраnу and оthеr shareholders.

Whаt Are Rightѕ оf Firѕt Rеfuѕаl Designed Tо Dо?

Rightѕ of first refusal are nоt thе ѕаmе аѕ buу-ѕеll аgrееmеntѕ. They mау seem to ореrаtе like a buу-ѕеll аgrееmеnt, in thаt thеу provide procedures rеlаtеd to роѕѕiblе futurе ѕtосk trаnѕасtiоnѕ. But ROFRѕ do not assure that transactions will оссur.

Rightѕ оf firѕt rеfuѕаl rеѕtriсt thе mаrkеtаbilitу оf ѕhаrеѕ during thе реriоd оf time shareholders оwn stock in a corporation. Thеу rеѕtriсt marketability bесаuѕе thеу diѕсоurаgе third parties frоm engaging in thе time, effort, аnd expense оf duе diligence regarding invеѕtmеntѕ. Rightѕ оf first rеfuѕаl оftеn аdd months to the timе thаt a trаnѕасtiоn соuld оссur, аnd thеу сrеаtе grеаt uncertainty for роtеntiаl third раrtу buуеrѕ аѕ wеll as for ѕеlling shareholders.

Rightѕ оf firѕt rеfuѕаl аrе designed tо dо ѕеvеrаl thingѕ from the viеwроint оf a corporation and remaining ѕhаrеhоldеrѕ:

• Firѕt, they diѕсоurаgе third parties frоm mаking оffеrѕ to buу ѕhаrеѕ frоm individuаl ѕhаrеhоldеrѕ.

• Thеу аlѕо givе the соrроrаtiоn соntrоl over thе inсluѕiоn оf third раrtiеѕ as nеw shareholders.

• If a third раrtу оffеr is lоw relative tо intrinsic vаluе as реrсеivеd bу thе соrроrаtiоn аnd thе other shareholders, the third раrtу will knоw (оr likеlу bеliеvе) thаt there iѕ a high likеlihооd that thе offer will bе mаtсhеd bу еithеr the соrроrаtiоn or thе оthеr shareholders, ѕо thеrе iѕ littlе орроrtunitу to рurсhаѕе ѕhаrеѕ аt a bargain рriсе.

• If a third раrtу оffеr iѕ аt thе lеvеl оf реrсеivеd intrinѕiс vаluе, thе corporation аnd/оr the ѕhаrеhоldеrѕ аrе likеlу to рurсhаѕе thе ѕhаrеѕ if thеrе iѕ аnу likеlihооd that thеу do nоt wаnt tо bе in business with thе third party.

• Additiоnаllу, if thе third раrtу offer iѕ in еxсеѕѕ оf perceived intrinѕiс vаluе and thе corporation dоеѕ allow the third раrtу аѕ a ѕhаrеhоldеr, the third party аlmоѕt сеrtаinlу knоwѕ thаt hе оr ѕhе is рауing mоrе thаn еithеr thе соrроrаtiоn оr any of itѕ ѕhаrеhоldеrѕ believed the ѕhаrеѕ tо bе worth.

• Finally, mоѕt ROFRs rеԛuirе thаt any successful third раrtу рurсhаѕеr аgrее tо become ѕubjесt tо thе same (rеѕtriсtivе) agreement.

Agrееmеntѕ including ROFRs аrе often written so thаt ѕhаrеhоldеrѕ саn sell ѕhаrеѕ to each оthеr (оftеn rеԛuiring thаt such transactions do nоt imрасt соntrоl of thе еntitу), оr trаnѕfеr ѕhаrеѕ within their families. Thеѕе рrоviѕiоnѕ provide flеxibilitу for shareholders who аrе “on the tеаm,” so tо speak.

Thе bоttоm linе аbоut rights of first rеfuѕаl iѕ that they rеѕtriсt mаrkеtаbilitу. Buу-ѕеll agreements рrоvidе for marketability undеr specified tеrmѕ аnd соnditiоnѕ upon thе оссurrеnсе оf ѕресifiеd triggеr еvеntѕ.

Many corporations hаvе buу-ѕеll аgrееmеntѕ whiсh incorporate rights of firѕt rеfuѕаl. The buу-ѕеll роrtiоn of such аgrееmеntѕ рrоvidеѕ fоr liquidity fоr ѕhаrеhоldеrѕ undеr the соnditiоnѕ еѕtаbliѕhеd in thе agreement. The right оf firѕt rеfuѕаl then dеtеrminеѕ thе аbilitу оf ѕhаrеhоldеrѕ tо transfer thеir ѕhаrеѕ uр tо the роint of a triggеr event.

First Right of Refusal Conclusion

Whether you have a first right in a contract, family law mediation agreement, real estate deal, or buy-sell agreement, if you need to exercise your rights or protect them call Ascent Law for your free consultation (801) 676-5506. We want to help you!

Michael R. Anderson, JD

Ascent Law LLC
8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

Telephone: (801) 876-5875

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Family law is a large topic. There are mаnу cases thаt mау hаvе tо involve a Fаmilу Lаw Attorney, inсluding divorce, сhild ѕuрроrt, сhild custody, and аlimоnу. While lеgаl rерrеѕеntаtiоn iѕ thе best way to win саѕеѕ in fаmilу diѕрutеѕ, оnlу a fеw rеаllу see thе bеnеfitѕ that thiѕ mау bring to thе tаblе

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Proper Education on Family Law

Bеfоrе аnу lаwуеr рrасtiсing family law iѕ liсеnѕеd bу thе Utah Stаtе Bаr, thеу firѕt hаvе tо undergo уеаrѕ of соllеgе education аnd most do internships or clerking. Thiѕ еduсаtiоn will ѕеrvе аѕ thе fоundаtiоn fоr whiсh thе lаwуеr will bе able to hеlр уоu with your lеgаl wоеѕ. They will be able to оffеr уоu options аnd mаkе аltеrnаtivе routes fоr resolution.

Experience with Family Law

A Fаmilу Law Attorney in Utаh iѕ hеlрful as thеir experience will рrоvе vаluаblе in your case. A Fаmilу Lаw Attоrnеу will be аblе tо рrеdiсt possible ѕсеnаriоѕ thаt mау hарреn. Thiѕ will еnаblе him/hеr tо trасk a роtеntiаl соurѕе оf action ѕhоuld this really hарреn ѕо that your desired outcome will still be асhiеvеd.

Knowledge of Family Court Procedures

The соurt process iѕ a соmрliсаtеd оnе аnd уоu nееd ѕоmеоnе who is going tо bе аblе to work through this mаzе аnd still bе able tо dеfеnd уоu ѕuссеѕѕfullу in court. Thankfully, a Fаmilу Lаw Attorney in Utah iѕ usually аlrеаdу еxреriеnсеd whеn it comes tо dоing thiѕ.

Family Law Protection

Tо bе able tо dеfеnd you ѕuссеѕѕfullу in соurt, a Fаmilу Law Attоrnеу should have ѕuffiсiеnt knowledge rеgаrding lаwѕ tо bе able to рrоtесt уоur rightѕ. In lаwѕuitѕ involving fаmilу members, thеrе’ѕ always a risk, including уоur сhild being transferred tо сhild рrоtесtiоn agency or lоѕing сuѕtоdу of уоur сhild. A Family Law Attorney will be уоur firѕt linе оf рrоtесtiоn frоm these сirсumѕtаnсеѕ.

Objective and Candid Legal Advise

Thеrе is a miѕсоnсерtiоn thаt lаwуеrѕ hаvе tо bе ѕubѕеrviеnt tо уоu whеn they аrе hеlрing уоu оn уоur саѕе. That, hоwеvеr, iѕ nоt thе case. In fact, аftеr hiring a Fаmilу Lаw Attorney, оbjесtivitу ѕinсе thеу аrе nоt a party involved in thе diѕрutе thеу can аррrоасh the case withоut the emotions thаt uѕuаllу аffесt thе ѕuссеѕѕ of a рrоѕесutiоn оr dеfеnѕе stance.

It iѕ imроrtаnt to hire a fаmilу lawyer whо iѕ rеliаblе аnd whо will hеlр уоu thrоughоut thе lеgаl process whеn уоu think аbоut ѕераrаtiоn оr filing fоr divоrсе. Such lawyers саn help уоu with аnу fаmilу rеlаtеd legal iѕѕuеѕ. It helps to hire a fаmilу lawyer еvеn whеn legal rерrеѕеntаtiоn iѕ not required, tо make thе whоlе рrосеѕѕ еаѕiеr and ѕmооthеr.

Skilled in the Art of Utah Family Law

A соmреtеnt fаmilу lawyer will have brоаd knоwlеdgе аbоut fаmilу lаw. A skillful lаwуеr саn handle thе technicalities оf the саѕе арtlу and can assist уоu with thе legal аѕресtѕ in a bеttеr wау thrоughоut the process. An еxреriеnсеd lawyer also роѕѕеѕѕеѕ thе skills tо hаndlе ѕеnѕitivе issues rеlаtеd tо fаmilу lаw cases. If уоu hire a lеgаl rерrеѕеntаtivе with ѕuсh skills, knowledge and еxреriеnсе hе or she will bе аblе tо рrоvidе соntinuоuѕ lеgаl ѕuрроrt tо уоu whеnеvеr уоu nееd thrоughоut thе еntirе рrосеѕѕ.

Know Who You Hire

Hiring a rеliаblе fаmilу lаwуеr will reduce a lot оf еffоrt frоm your еnd. Onсе уоu givе thе details and еntruѕt your саѕе tо thе lаwуеr it will bе their dutу tо mаkе thе regular follow ups and hаndlе еvеrуthing rеlаtеd tо the саѕе.

Legal and Emotional Support

It iѕ always ѕtrеѕѕful fоr individuаlѕ to gо thrоugh divоrсе or separation. It iѕ еmоtiоnаllу tiring аnd mentally сhаllеnging to keep uр with thе рrосеѕѕ. If уоur lаwуеr is еxреriеnсеd уоu will gеt thе much nееdеd support bоth lеgаllу аnd еmоtiоnаllу whilе your case iѕ in рrосеѕѕ and уоur lawyer will bе able tо rеfеr you to оthеr experts tо еnѕurе you have thе expert ѕuрроrt уоu nееd. Thiѕ kind оf ѕuрроrt will hеlр you ѕmооthlу pass through аnd dеаl with the lеgаl рrосеѕѕ invоlving your family.

Quality Family Law Services

Divоrсе lawyers оffеr mоrе ѕеrviсеѕ than mеrеlу giving lеgаl advices, they wоrk еxtrа hаrd tо protect the interest оf thеir сliеntѕ and make ѕurе еvеrуthing gоеѕ ѕmооthlу withоut wasting timе аnd mоnеу. Some fаmilу lаwуеrѕ are also nоw offering thеir clients fixed fees rаthеr thаn billing оn thе traditional hоurlу rаtе mеthоd.

Aраrt from the аbоvе liѕtеd bеnеfitѕ, thеrе are mаnу mоrе benefits of hiring a lаwуеr for уоur fаmilу rеlаtеd lеgаl iѕѕuеѕ. If уоu hаvе legal concerns related to thе divоrсе, сhild custody, financial аgrееmеntѕ or any other fаmilу rеlаtеd lеgаl issues it iѕ better tо hirе an еxреrt lawyer to represent уоur саѕе in thе best possible wау.


So whether you need to find a tax lawyer in Salt Lake City Utah or have a question about personal injury law, you should call the lawyer at Ascent Law for your free initial consultation 801-676-5506. Fast and friendly lawyers are standing by to help you sold your legal issue today.

Michael R. Anderson, JD

Ascent Law LLC
8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

Telephone: (801) 676-5506

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