Uncontested Divorces In Utah

Uncontested Divorces

Uncontested divorce can be relatively quick and less dramatic since it most often will avoid a trial. Your divorce is traumatic enough so going the uncontested route shows empathy for both parties and hopefully a solid foundation for co-parenting if children are involved. In the state of Utah, an uncontested divorce is certainly an option, this type of divorce is generally less expensive and faster than traditional divorces because you can avoid sky-high litigation fees, and the stressful drawn out trial hearings, which wind up being a complete waste of time. This is where hiring an experienced divorce attorney comes in, as understanding the divorce process can be very daunting. However, if you and your spouse can agree to be fair at least on the major issues regarding your divorce such as financial and property distribution, and child custody particulars, then an uncontested divorce is a real option.

Before you and your soon to be ex-spouse can rest easy you must first pummel through the following areas with a fine tooth comb:

• Real estate and personal property distribution
• Distribution of debts and assets
• Child custody and visitation agreement
• Child support, health, and insurance coverage for all children
• Alimony or spousal support & any lingering issues that need addressing

To obtain an uncontested divorce in Utah, you must meet the following criteria:
• Residency requirements: you and your spouse must have lived in Utah for 3 months; if you have minor children you must have resided in Utah for 6 months.
• All custody and support issues are agreed upon in writing and notarized by both parties.
If all criteria are met, you may begin divorce proceedings in the state of Utah, by completing the necessary forms. You may also seek help by researching online for help with completing the forms through online publications or by speaking with an experienced Divorce Attorney to help you complete the necessary forms.

What Forms Are Needed

The Utah court sites offer a detailed description of the forms that need to be completed. However, to make sure you complete the correct forms, understand the process better, and not relinquish your rights, it is best to seek the advice of an experienced divorce attorney.

To give you a more detailed explanation of the types of forms needed to complete your divorce process, you will expect to complete and sign the following forms below:
• Civil Coversheet
• Petition for Divorce
• Vital Statistics Form/Certificate of Dissolution
• Acceptance of Service
• Stipulation
• Affidavit of Jurisdiction and Grounds
• Military Service Declaration and Order
• Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law
• Decree of Divorce
If you and your spouse have children together under the age of 18, then the following forms must be completed as well:
• Child Support Worksheet
• Affidavit of Income and Compliance with Child Support Guideline
• Financial Declarations, and
• Child Support Locator.

Can I file for my divorce in the State of Utah?

In almost all cases, you file for a divorce in the state where you reside. This means that if you are a resident of Utah, you file in Utah and are governed by Utah’s divorce laws even if you were married, for example, in California. You must meet Utah’s residency requirement for a Utah court to have jurisdiction over your divorce. Utah Divorce works as long as both you and your spouse agree about everything and both of you are willing to sign the divorce paperwork.

Do I need a lawyer to file for divorce in Utah?

Thousands of people divorce in Utah every year without hiring a lawyer. When spouses cannot agree about the terms and conditions of their divorce, they sometimes end up in court where a judge makes decisions for them. This is called a contested divorce, and hiring a lawyer is a good idea in this case. When a Utah divorce case is uncontested and both parties are willing to sign, (when you and your spouse agree about everything) filing your own divorce is a common choice in order to cut down legal expenses.

The residency requirements for a divorce in Utah are as follows:
• Either the Petitioner or the Respondent must be a bona fide resident of Utah for three months and of the county of filing. This applies to members of the armed services who are stationed in Utah.
• No hearing for the divorce may happen until 90 days have elapsed from the filing unless the court, “for good cause shown and set forth in the findings, otherwise orders.” This 90-day provision does not apply in any case where both parties have completed the mandatory classes.

What if my spouse does not live in Utah?

After you have printed all the divorce paperwork, you simply mail the documents to your spouse and he or she signs them. After your spouse returns them, you file in your local district court.

The grounds for divorce in Utah are as follows:
• No Fault: a) irreconcilable differences of the marriage, b) husband and wife living separately under a decree of separate maintenance of any state for three consecutive months without cohabitation.
• Fault: a) impotency of the Respondent at the time of the marriage, b) adultery committed by the Respondent subsequent to the marriage, c) willful desertion of the Petitioner by the Respondent for more than one year, d) willful neglect of the Respondent to provide for the Petitioner the common necessities of life, e) habitual drunkenness of the Respondent, f) conviction of Respondent of a felony, g) cruel treatment of the Petitioner by the Respondent causing injury or great mental distress to the Petitioner.

How long does a divorce take in Utah?

Once the divorce paperwork has been filed in court, it takes at least 30 days for a divorce to be final unless a party is exempt from the 30-day provision mentioned above. The start to finish time of the divorce may vary depending on the caseload of the court and the availability of judges to sign the final divorce papers. In Utah, a divorce hearing is not typically required unless you and your spouse have children. If there are children involved, a short hearing, generally about 15 minutes, gives the court an opportunity to make certain that you understand the parameters of custody, visitation and support that are ordered as part of your divorce. If there are no children, the process in very streamlined. Since you and your spouse are in agreement, there is nothing for the court to decide.

How do I calculate how much child support I owe?

We provide Utah Child Support Worksheets inside your account. These worksheets make it very easy to calculate a monthly support amount. The support calculation is based on a number of variables, but the primary one is income. Once you have calculated the amount, you and your spouse decide if you want to deviate from it and the reasons for doing so.

Utah permits deviation from its child support guidelines if the court finds sufficient evidence to rebut the Utah Child Support guidelines by considering all relevant factors, including but not limited to: a) the standard of living of the parties; b) the relative wealth and income of the parties; b) the ability of the oblige to earn, e) the ability of an incapacitated adult to earn, or other benefits received by the adult child on the adult child’s behalf including Supplemental Security Income; f) the needs of the oblige, the obligor, and the child; g) the ages of the parties; and h) the responsibilities of the obligor and the oblige for the support of others. Child support can be modified based on a change in circumstances. In Utah, a change in circumstances means “a significant change in circumstances,” generally, changes “not considered when the original judgment was entered” that are “permanent and substantial” and/or “affect one’s current standard of living.”
What documents do I receive with my Utah account?
• Utah Filing Instruction
• Cover Sheet for Civil Filing Actions
• Verified Petition for Divorce
• Acceptance of Service, Appearance, Consent and Waiver
• Marital Settlement Agreement
• Schedule for Visitation/Parenting Time of Minor Children (attach to MSA)
• Affidavit Regarding the Children
• Affidavit of Income Verification and Compliance with the Uniform Child Support Guidelines
• Child support Obligation Worksheet (Sole Custody)
• Child Support Obligation Worksheet (Joint Custody)
• Child Support Obligation Worksheet (Split Custody)
• Insurance Premium and Child Care Adjustment Worksheet
• Child Support Obligation Table
• Child Support Obligation Worksheet Required Location Information
• Motion fort Entry of Default Certificate
• Default Certificate
• Petitioner’s Affidavit of Jurisdiction and Grounds for Divorce
• Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law
• Decree of Divorce and Judgment
• Notice to Submit for Entry of Default Decree of Divorce
• Certificate of Divorce. Dissolution of Marriage, or Annulment

The following is a list of some of the major issues that must be resolved between you and your spouse before filing an uncontested divorce action in Utah:
• division of real estate and personal property
• division of debts and assets
• child custody and visitation if you and your spouse have minor children
• child support, health and insurance coverage
• alimony or spousal support, and
• any other issues related to your marriage.
To obtain an uncontested divorce in Utah you must meet the following criteria:
• you or your spouse have resided in Utah for at least 3 months, if minor children are involved, you must have resided in Utah for 6 months
• you and your spouse have agreed on all issues in your divorce, and
• child support and spousal support, custody and visitation are not requested, or there is a written agreement signed and notarized by both parties resolving those issues.

If you plan to file for divorce without the help of an attorney, you will be responsible for filing the right documents with the right court. Utah’s district courts oversee divorce cases and trials. Utah has approximately 70 judges serving in the state’s eight judicial districts. Where you live will determine where you file for divorce because generally, you will file your divorce paperwork in the county in which you live. If you and your spouse have separated but still reside in Utah, either the county in which you lived, or where your spouse has lived for the last three months is proper to file your paperwork. Utah has a mandatory 30-day waiting period to complete a divorce. Under extraordinary circumstances, the 30-day waiting period may be waived. However, before a divorce will be granted to parents of minor children, both spouses must complete the Divorce Education Course. Utah does not require that you attend a court hearing before a judge will finalize your uncontested divorce. Instead, if all your paperwork is filed correctly and the judge finds that your agreement is reasonable and/or in the best interests of your children, then the judge will sign the Findings and Decree of Divorce. Note that the date the judge signs your Decree, is when your divorce becomes final.

There Are Predictors for Divorce in Utah

If you enter into marriage under the age of 20 and/or have an income of less than 25,000, your risk of divorce skyrockets. Throw in a spouse losing their job or a surprise pregnancy, and your marriage may be doomed before it begins. Here in Utah, we have a tendency to marry quite young. The median age of marriage in the United States is 27 for women and 29 for men. Now compare that to the average age of marriage in Utah, which is 24 for women and 26 for men.

Divorce Has Declined Nearly Everywhere Except Utah

Utah’s divorce rates run slightly higher than the national average. Statistics often attribute this to Utah having larger families than the national average, citing more than 5% of families have 7+ family members compared to the 3.25 national averages (2013). Modifications of court orders can sometimes be legally complex and hard to understand. Sometimes the order itself will dictate if and how an order may be modified. Often, discussion and mediation between the parties is a pre-requisite before a petition to modify may be filed. Having a post divorce modification lawyer in Utah on your side can help you can be fully informed of your rights If you have additional questions about obtaining an uncontested divorce in Utah, contact an experienced family law attorney for assistance.

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Tips for Surviving Divorce Settlement Talks

Tips for Surviving Divorce Settlement Talks

The divorce process legally ends a marriage and necessarily creates agreements about spousal support, division of assets and child custody if there are children. Many couples can make decisions themselves or with the aid of an attorney or mediator. However, if you are not lucky enough to be half of one of those couples, your case will continue toward trial and possibly settlement.

Most cases flowing through the criminal justice system settle short of trial. Civil divorce litigation is no different. What does it mean to “settle on the courthouse steps,” and what do you need to do when the date of your trial approaches and settlement proposals begin flying back and forth?  Consider the following:

  • Before your trial, the judge is likely to hold a pretrial conference to determine whether there are issues that can be settled. Although you have arrived at the courthouse prepared for trial, events may take a sharp turn toward settlement during the pretrial conference. You may spend time waiting nearby or in a conference room.
  • While your attorney is tasked with representing your interests and relaying settlement offers to you from the other party, your job is to keep in mind your personal divorce and custody objectives. Even with good legal counsel, parties sometimes settle for inappropriate arrangements or conditions simply because they are stressed from proceedings that have stretched out for months or years.

  • Talk to your attorney about the possibility of settlement prior to the trial date. Ask how it looks, what you might need to decide, what concessions might be appropriate and which are not. Make sure you think about what you agree to — you and your children will have to live with your decision.

Some Careers Have Significantly Higher Divorce Rates than Others

A new analysis of U.S. census data performed by a career website called Zippia revealed workers in certain fields are much more likely to get divorced by age 30. The highest divorce rate was among first-line enlisted military supervisors, at approximately 30 percent. People in that field must coordinate the activities of enlisted service members.

Other fields that had particularly high divorce rates for people 30 and under included logisticians, mechanics and automotive service technicians, military-enlisted tactical operations and air weapons personnel. There were three military jobs in the top 10, and overall, military workers of any rank were most likely to be divorced before the age of 30. They had a 15 percent overall divorce rate.

Factors in these careers that make divorce more likely

The analysts who performed the study say the common factors involved in many of these jobs with high divorce rates are that they are demanding professions that involve a lot of time spent away from home, relatively low pay or persistent danger. Military professions often involve all three of these factors, which likely explains the presence of three such jobs in the top 10.

Numerous studies have been performed on the effects of military deployment on marriage. A study in the Journal of Population Economics published in 2016 found that divorce rates increased significantly with every month spent away on deployment. Mental health issues also frequently place more stress on couples, and veterans frequently experience depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Career stress affects all couples. Many of the fields that ranked in the top 10 in the study have extremely high demands in terms of average hours worked per week.

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Filing for Divorce While Living Abroad

Although this article provides a basic overview of international divorce, we are by no means suggesting you should handle a foreign divorce on your own. Transnational divorce is a complex and a fairly new field of the law. You should speak with an experienced family law attorney who can guide you through this process and ensure your divorce is valid.

Filing for Divorce While Living Abroad

When the Filing Spouse Lives Overseas

Filing for a divorce while living abroad often presents complex legal questions. First of all, you may need to abide by local law in order to get a divorce. If so, you should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your area to obtain a list of local attorneys that can help you get the divorce process started.

Check the U.S. Department of State’s website for a list of all U.S. Embassies, Consulates and Diplomatic Missions and a link to their websites.

Will the United States recognize a foreign divorce decree?

The short answer is yes, but only to a certain extent and not in all circumstances. Most states recognize divorce decrees from foreign countries as long as the foreign country ensures certain procedural requirements have been met (such as proper notice to the parties). To find out if a foreign divorce decree is considered valid or is recognized in your state, contact your state’s Attorney General. You could also contact an experienced family law attorney in your area.

Although a United States court is likely to recognize a foreign divorce decree as having terminated your status of being “married,” foreign divorce orders may not be effective for dealing with all of the issues in your divorce. For example, if your children are U.S. citizens residing in the United States and you file for divorce while living abroad, the foreign court is not likely to issue orders regarding custody of the children, because it will not have jurisdiction (authority) to make child custody orders over U.S. citizens living in the United States. And, even if the foreign court issues orders that purport to deal with the custody of your minor children, a United States court is not required to honor such foreign custody orders. The United States court (the local state court) will have jurisdiction over the children and will issue its own custody orders.

Finally, a foreign divorce decree may not be effective to divide property, such as retirement benefits, located in the United States.

When the Filing Spouse Lives in the United States

If you are living in the United States and want to file for divorce from a spouse that’s living abroad, you’ll want to talk to an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process and make sure you are taking all necessary steps.

First, you’ll need to file a petition (paperwork) for divorce in your local court, and make sure you meet state and local residency requirements. You’ll also need to have a copy of the divorce petition and a summons “served” (meaning personally delivered) on your spouse, unless your spouse agrees to waive (forgo) the process requirements. If your spouse agrees to waive personal service of process, then he or she can sign an affidavit stating they have been served, and you can file that with the local court and move on to the next phase of the divorce.

If not, and your spouse insists on service of process or tries to avoid service, things will be more complicated. You may need to comply with the laws regarding service of process for the foreign country where your spouse lives. If the country where your spouse lives is a member of the Hague Service Convention, it will govern the international service of process. If not, you’ll have to figure out how service can be completed. In some countries, you may serve the summons by a letter request or “Letters Rogatory,” while in others you must have the paperwork served on a central government authority or an overseas agent who will then guarantee delivery of the papers on your spouse. In all cases, you’ll probably want to speak with an attorney here in the United States and an attorney in the foreign country who can make sure service is being handled correctly on that end.

Next, the local state court will need to determine if it has jurisdiction (authority) to make orders over your spouse. This will depend, at least in part, on the extent of your spouse’s contacts with the state. Whether or not the local state court can issue orders over your spouse in the divorce proceeding will also depend on a variety of other factors, including whether or not you seek orders regarding custody of the children or division of property. Your attorney(s) will need to perform a careful analysis of the facts of your case and the laws regarding your spouse’s country of residence.

Overseas Divorce in the Military

The divorce process for U.S. military spouses can be a bit trickier than civilian matters, as the U.S. military has its own codes and processes that govern divorce-related matters. In this situation, you should consult a lawyer with experience in military divorce to ensure that the filing, processing, and serving of divorce papers are all handled correctly.

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Calculating Alimony in Utah

Alimony is money one spouse pays to the other for support either during or after a divorce. In Utah, alimony is sometimes called “spousal maintenance,” “spousal support,” or a “spousal allowance.” When spouses with large differences in income separate, a lower earning spouse may be unable to continue paying for normal living expenses, in which case a court may require the higher earner—whether that’s the husband or the wife—to assist the lower earner financially for at least some period of time.

Calculating Alimony in Utah

Types of Alimony Available in Utah

Utah law allows a judge to award temporary alimony during divorce proceedings—sometimes referred to as alimony “pendente lite”—as well as temporary or permanent alimony after the divorce is final. Usually, the paying spouse gives the recipient spouse a specified amount periodically—monthly or biweekly, for example—for a set length of time. In a few cases, the alimony order calls for payment of a lump sum.

Permanent alimony was once common but is becoming increasingly rare–and even when “permanent” alimony is ordered, it’s usually not truly permanent, but just long-term. Permanent alimony is generally reserved for older spouses who have served as homemakers during long marriages. A couple can also agree between themselves to provide one spouse with long-term or permanent alimony.

Particularly in shorter marriages, courts tend to look at alimony as rehabilitative—paid for a temporary period of time to allow a spouse to find a job or obtain training and education to improve employment prospects.

In some cases a court may award limited alimony as reimbursement to a spouse who worked to support the couple while the other spouse attended graduate school or advanced vocational training.

Eligibility for Alimony

To award alimony a court must find that one spouse has financial need and the other has the ability to pay. A court will determine whether there is both need and ability to pay by looking at all of the relevant circumstances in a particular case. One of the biggest factors an Utah court will consider is the length of a marriage. In a short marriage, the mutual investment in the couple’s standard of living is generally substantially less, calling for either brief alimony or none at all.

In evaluating a spouse’s need, a court will first consider the extent to which separate assets, or any marital assets the spouse receives in an equitable property division, may provide a sufficient means of support without an alimony award. (This means that alimony is always determined after the property division is complete.)

In determining the ability of a higher earning spouse to pay alimony, the court will generally not consider as part of the paying spouse’s assets any property the spouse owned before marriage, or acquired by gift or inheritance, unless the property was used by the couple as a source of income during marriage. A court may consider vested retirement benefits accumulated during the marriage as an available source of alimony if the couple has been married for at least 10 years.

Other factors a court might take into account in deciding whether to award alimony include:

  • each spouse’s age and health
  • the standard of living during the marriage
  • the lower earner’s contribution to the increased earning power of the higher earner
  • a spouse’s past services as a parent or homemaker
  • both spouse’s future opportunities to gain income and assets
  • the needs of any dependent children of the couple, and
  • any conduct by either spouse that contributed to the breakup of the marriage.

There is no specific formula governing the calculation of alimony in Utah, and a court has great discretion in deciding what amount to award, or whether to award any amount at all.

Termination or Modification of Alimony

Unless the couple has a written agreement stating that they won’t seek any changes in alimony, a court can modify periodic payments on a showing of material change in circumstances. Proof that a spouse has remarried or is cohabiting in a marriage-like relationship with a person of the opposite sex will generally result in termination of an award.

Tax Effects of Alimony

Periodic alimony payments are usually taxable to the recipient and tax-deductible by the payer. Couples can sometimes take advantage of this situation by structuring alimony payments to create the best possible tax scenario for both spouses. The IRS generally treats lump-sum payments as property distributions even if the court or the couple refers to the payment as alimony. Under these circumstances there would be no tax effects for either spouse.

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Utah Divorce Basics

Utah allows for no-fault divorce, requiring only that the filing spouse allege irreconcilable differences between the parties. A spouse filing for divorce in Utah may also file for a fault divorce, citing any of the following grounds: bigamy, willful absence of the other party for more than one year, adultery, extreme cruelty, fraudulent contract, living separate and apart for more than one year, or incompatibility, among others.

The court may order, either on its own or at the request of one of the spouses, that the parties participate in reconciliation counseling for a period of up to three months or family counseling, if children are involved, for the entire divorce proceeding. If the court orders counseling, it will not finalize the divorce, annulment, or legal separation until the results have been reported to the court.

Residency Requirement for Divorce

The spouse filing for divorce (otherwise known as the plaintiff) must be a resident of Utah for at least six months before the filing.

Divorce Property Division 

Utah is an equitable distribution state, so the court will divide marital property equitably between the two spouses. Separate property is not subject to division–this includes property that each spouse had before the marriage, inheritances or gifts given only to one spouse, and separate property as agreed to in a prenuptial agreement.

Alimony

The court may grant either spouse an award of alimony, also called spousal support, based on factors that include the parties’ respective incomes and earning abilities, the duration of the marriage, and the standard of living established during the marriage. The court may also determine that one spouse’s earning capacity has been diminished or lost because of marital responsibilities, and award alimony accordingly. Support may be awarded in lump sum or as monthly payments.

Child Support

All parents are required to support their children regardless of the status of the marital relationship. The parents will also be required to provide healthcare for the child. Child support in Utah is calculated based on the gross income of the parents and the number of children that the parents support. A judge might make adjustments to the income considered if the parent is responsible for union dues, support for other children, or spousal support obligations. If the parents’ total annual income is less than $6,600 or more than $150,000, it is outside of the guidelines and the court must determine a support amount on its own. The court would use the child support schedule as a guideline and will always take into consideration the best interests of the child when making an order for support.

All child support payments are paid to the Department of Job and Family Services, which facilitates payments to the other parent. Child support payment information can be found at the website for Utah’s Department of Job and Family Services.

Child Custody

A judge looks at numerous factors when making child custody orders, including the child’s wishes, the parents’ wishes, the child’s relationship with both of the parents and the family members of each parent, and whether either of the parents have been convicted of a crime involving child abuse or neglect. The court may order that the child spend equal time with each parent, or establish one parent as the primary residential parent while granting the other parent visitation rights.

A residential parent who wishes to relocate with the child must notify the court in writing; the court will then notify the other non-residential parent of the intent to relocate. If the non-residential parent does not agree to the move or if the judge feels that the move would not be in the best interest of the child, there may be a hearing to determine whether the custody arrangement should be modified.

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Equitable Division of Property in Utah Divorce

Utah is an equitable distribution state, meaning that the marital property will be divided between spouses in a way that is equitable, or fair. The court decides what’s fair based on a set of factors that show what each of you contributed to the marriage and what each spouse will need to move forward after divorce. The division does not have to be equal to be considered fair.

The court will be involved in the division only if you could not work together with your spouse to resolve your property disputes. Throughout the divorce process, you will have opportunities to decide with your spouse how you want to split your property between yourselves. The court will usually accept a written separation agreement on how you want to divide your property. It is only if you cannot reach a compromise with your spouse that the court will step in and divide your property for you.

Marital Property Will be Divided

Before the court can divide your property, it needs to know which property belongs to the marriage, which belongs to each spouse separately, and how much there is of each. Generally, marital property is all property acquired or earned during the marriage, regardless of what the title says. Separate property is property you owned before marriage. It also includes some property you receive during marriage, like a gift, an inheritance, or personal injury award to you alone. If you exchange your separate property for new property during marriage, then that new property remains yours alone. There are circumstances, however, when an increase in the value of your separate property will be characterized as marital property.

For example, if you owned a vacation home before marriage that your spouse updated and remodeled during marriage, then the increase in that house’s value is marital property because it comes from your spouse’s efforts. On the other hand, if you bought an apartment in an up-and-coming neighborhood before marriage and it improves in value during the marriage simply because the rest of the homes in the area do the same, then that increase in value remains your separate property.

At divorce, the court divides only the marital property. It can’t award any property that was yours alone before or during marriage to your spouse. It can, however, consider all your financial resources – both your share of the marital property and your separate property – when deciding how much spousal maintenance (alimony) to award, if any.

Factors Considered in Dividing Marital Property

The types of property commonly divided at divorce are real property like the family home, personal property like jewelry, and intangible property like income, benefits, and debts. The court treats debts the same as any other real, personal, or intangible property. Before dividing an asset or debt, the court will have to characterize it as either marital or separate and then assign ownership or responsibility for it based on a set of factors designed to give an equitable result.

These factors include the length of the marriage; each spouse’s age, health, income, potential earnings or future financial circumstances; and property. The court also looks at how each spouse contributed to the acquisition of marital property and, for these purposes, the court treats a spouse’s efforts as a homemaker the same as monetary contributions. For the family home, if you have custody of your children, then you have a better chance of keeping that property, or at least the right to live there while you raise the children.

In addition to any other factor that might be relevant to the particular circumstances of your marriage, the court specifically considers what the spouses may have lost at divorce, such as an interest in an inheritance, pension rights, or health insurance. It also evaluates future losses the spouses face in terms of taxes.

Some assets aren’t easy to divide between two people. Something like cash, which is very liquid, can easily be split between the spouses. But an interest in a business isn’t as easy to divide. The court has the option to order a distributive award – a payment to balance out an uneven distribution of property – if it is impractical to divide a substantial asset.

Although fault in causing the marriage to fail is not part of the calculation, the court can award less of the marital property to you if you wasted marital assets. You can’t spend marital funds flying your lover to Paris, for example, without having to pay for it later. Likewise, you can’t sell, transfer, or otherwise encumber property in anticipation of your divorce. If you do, the court can penalize you for it during the division.

Spousal Maintenance Determination in Utah Divorce

Spousal maintenance is a payment from one spouse to the other to help sustain the recipient spouse after divorce. Similar to the division of property, the court’s order for spousal maintenance must be equitable. Payments can be periodic (monthly, for example) or in a lump sum, and for a set or indefinite period of time. A spouse can request temporary maintenance payments during the divorce process, the amount of which will be based on specific income guidelines.

When the court orders the divorce and the property has been divided, the court can also make a permanent maintenance award. In Utah, an award for spousal maintenance is based on many of the same factors as the division of property. Some other factors include the spouses’ level of education and earning capacity, the marital standard of living, and the needs of any children. The court also considers domestic violence during the marriage, which may have kept the battered spouse from seeking or improving employment. The court is also free to look at any factor relevant to the award of maintenance, such as a spouse’s ability to pay.

Divorce in Utah is sometimes also referred to as a Dissolution of Marriage and is conducted as a civil action, with one party, the Petitioner, filing a Petition for divorce, and the other party being named as a Respondent. To file for divorce in Utah, either spouse must be a bona fide resident of the state and must have lived in the county of filing for the three months immediately preceding commencement of the action. The Petition may be filed in the district court of the county where either spouse resides. If the Petitioner is a member of the armed forces of the U.S. who are not legal residents of this state, he/she may file for divorce if he has been stationed in the state for the three months immediately preceding the commencement of the action. No hearing for decree of divorce may generally be held until 90 days have elapsed from the filing of the complaint, provided the court may make interim orders that are just and equitable. The 90-day period shall not apply, however, in any case where both parties have completed the mandatory education course for divorcing parents. Although there are no statutory provisions for the restoration of a spouse’s name when divorcing, either spouse may request that his/her former name be restored on the Petition or the judge will honor the request.

Legal Grounds for Divorce

The court may decree dissolution of marriage for any of the following grounds:
• Impotency of the Respondent at the time of the marriage;
• Adultery committed by the Respondent after entering into the marriage;
• Willful desertion of the Petitioner by the Respondent for more than one year;
• Willful neglect of the Respondent to provide for the Petitioner the common necessities of life;
• Habitual drunkenness of the Respondent;
• Conviction of the Respondent for a felony;
• Cruel treatment of the Petitioner by the Respondent to the extent of causing bodily injury or great mental distress to the Petitioner;
• Irreconcilable differences of the marriage;
• Incurable insanity; or
• The spouses have lived separately under a decree of separate maintenance of any state for three consecutive years without cohabitation.

Should I Get An Annulment Instead Of A Divorce?

Maybe. The following are prohibited and void marriages and they may be annulled for these causes:
• Marriages between parents and children;
• Marriages between ancestors and descendants of every degree;
• Marriages between brothers and sisters (half or whole);
• Marriages between uncles and nieces or aunts and nephews;
• Marriages between first cousins (unless both parties are 65 years of age or older, or if both parties are 55 years of age or older, upon a finding by the court that either party is unable to reproduce);
• Marriages between any persons related to each other within and not including fifth degree of consanguinity;
• When there is a husband or wife living, from whom the person marrying has not been divorced;
• Either party is at least 16, but under 18 years of age and has not obtained parental consent;
• Either party is under 16 years of age at the time the parties attempt to enter into the marriage, unless the party is 15 years of age and has obtained judicial consent;
• Marriage between persons of the same sex; and
• Re-marriage to a different spouse before the divorce decree becomes absolute, or in the case of an appeal, before the affirmance of the decree.
When there is doubt regarding the validity of a marriage, either party may demand its avoidance or affirmance in a court where either party is domiciled. However, when one of the parties was under the age of consent at the time of the marriage, the other party of proper age may not have cause against the party under age. The court shall either declare the marriage valid or annulled. A marriage may also be annulled for any of the annulment grounds existing at common law.

Property Division In A Utah Divorce

In all dissolution and separate maintenance actions, the court and judge have jurisdiction over the distribution of property. Utah is an equitable distribution state. Therefore, marital property shall be distributed fairly and equitably. The court shall include the following in every decree of divorce:

• An order specifying which party is responsible for the payment of joint debts, obligations, or liabilities of the parties contracted or incurred during marriage;
• An order requiring the parties to notify respective creditors or obliges, regarding the court’s division of debts, obligations, or liabilities and regarding the parties’ separate current addresses;
• Provisions for the enforcement of these orders; and
• Provisions for income withholding.
When a marriage of long duration dissolves on the threshold of a major change in the income of one of the spouses due to the collective efforts of both, that change shall be considered in dividing the marital property. If one spouse’s earning capacity has been greatly enhanced through the efforts of both spouses during the marriage, the court may make a compensating adjustment in dividing the marital property.

How Much Will I Have To Pay In Alimony And Support Payments?

In all dissolution and separate maintenance actions, the court and judge have jurisdiction over the payment of alimony.
When determining alimony, the court shall consider, at a minimum, the following factors:
• The financial condition and needs of the requesting spouse;
• The requesting spouse’s earning capacity or ability to produce income;
• The ability of the paying spouse to provide support;
• The length of the marriage
• Whether the requesting spouse has custody of minor children requiring support;
• Whether the requesting spouse worked in a business owned or operated by the paying spouse; and
• Whether the requesting spouse directly contributed to any increase in the paying spouse’s skill by paying for education received by the paying spouse or allowing the paying spouse to attend school during the marriage.
The court may consider the fault of the parties when making its determination regarding alimony. When a marriage of long duration dissolves on the threshold of a major change in the income of one of the spouses due to the collective efforts of both, that change shall be considered in determining the amount of alimony. If one spouse’s earning capacity has been greatly enhanced through the efforts of both spouses during the marriage, the court may make a compensating adjustment in awarding alimony. In determining alimony when a marriage of short duration dissolves, and no children have been conceived or born during the marriage, the court may consider restoring each party to the condition which existed at the time of the marriage. Alimony may not be ordered for a duration longer than the number of years that the marriage existed unless, at any time prior to termination of alimony, the court finds extenuating circumstances that justify the payment of alimony for a longer period of time. Unless otherwise stated in the divorce decree, any order for payment of alimony to a former spouse automatically ends upon the remarriage or death of that former spouse, unless the remarriage is annulled and found to be void. In that case, alimony shall resume, provided that the paying spouse was made a party to the action of annulment and his/her rights have been determined. Any order for payment of alimony to a former spouse terminates upon establishment by the paying party that the former spouse is cohabitating with another person.

Child Custody and Support

In all dissolution and separate maintenance actions, the court and judge have jurisdiction over the custody and maintenance of minor children. The court shall consider joint custody in every case, but may award any form of custody which is determined to be in the best interest of the child. If the court finds that one parent does not desire custody of the child, it shall take that evidence into consideration in determining whether to award custody to the other parent. In determining whether the best interest of a child will be served by ordering joint legal or physical custody, the court shall consider the following factors:
• Whether the physical, psychological and emotional needs and development of the child will benefit from joint legal or physical custody;
• The ability of the parents to give first priority to the welfare of the child and reach shared decisions in the child’s best interest;
• Whether each parent is capable of encouraging and accepting a positive relationship between the child and the other parent, including the sharing of love, affection and contact between the child and the other parent;
• Whether both parents participated in raising the child before the divorce;
• The geographical proximity of the homes of the parents;
• The preference of the child if the child is of sufficient age and capacity to reason so as to form an intelligent preference as to joint legal or physical custody;
• The maturity of the parents and their willingness and ability to protect the child from conflict that may arise between the parents;
• The past and present ability of the parents to cooperate with each other and make decisions jointly;
• Any history of, or potential for, child abuse, spouse abuse, or kidnapping; and any other factors the court finds relevant.
When determining any form of custody, in addition to the aforementioned criteria, the court shall consider the best interests of the child, the following factors, and any others the court finds relevant:
• The past conduct and demonstrated moral standards of each of the parties;
• Which parent is most likely to act in the best interest of the child, including allowing the child frequent and continuing contact with the non-custodial parent; and
• The extent of bonding between the parent and child, meaning the depth, quality, and nature of the relationship between a parent and child.
The court may inquire of the children and take into consideration the children’s desires regarding future custody or parent-time schedules but the expressed desires are not controlling and the court may determine the children’s custody or parent-time otherwise. The desires of a child 16 years of age or older shall be given added weight, but is not the single controlling factor.

Legal Separation and Separate Maintenance

A Petitioner may file an action for a temporary separation order without filing a Petition for Divorce, by filing a Petition for Temporary Separation and a Motion for Temporary Orders if the spouses are lawfully married and both have been residents of the state for at least 90 days prior to the date of filing. The temporary orders are valid for one year from the date of the hearing, or until either a Petition for Divorce is filed and consolidated with the temporary separation Petition, or the case is dismissed.

Separate Maintenance

In a legal separation, the parties live separately, but remain spouses legally married to one another. The couple’s rights and duties to one another are set forth in a Decree of Legal Separation, which covers such matters as custody and child support, spousal support, division of property and payment of debts. In Utah, this is referred to as separate maintenance.
The grounds for legal separation are as follows:
• A party who has sufficient ability to provide support, neglects or refuses to properly provide for and suitably maintain his/her spouse;
• A party deserts his/her spouse without good and sufficient cause;
• A party who has property in the state and his/her spouse is a resident of the state, deserts or neglects or refuses to provide support; or
• A party, without fault, lives separate and apart from his/her spouse.
If a married resident of Utah files a Complaint for Separate Maintenance, the district court may allot, assign, set apart and decree as alimony the use of the real and personal estate or earnings of a deserting spouse as the court may determine appropriate. Practice and proceeding for actions for separate maintenance shall be the same as near as may be as in actions for divorce; but the action may be brought in any county where the wife or husband may be found.
In all actions for separate maintenance, the court may order the following by order or decree:
• Provide for the care, custody, and maintenance of the minor children of the parties and determine with which of the parties the children or any of them shall remain;
• Provide for support of either spouse and the support of the minor children living with that spouse;
• Provide how and when support payments shall be made, and provide that either spouse have a lien upon the property of the other to secure payment of the support or maintenance obligations;
• Award to either spouse the possession of any real or personal property of the other spouse, or acquired by the spouses during marriage;
• Specify which party is responsible for the payment of joint debts, obligations, or liabilities contracted or incurred by the parties during the marriage;
• Require the parties to notify respective creditors or obliges regarding the court’s division of debts, obligations, and liabilities and regarding the parties’ separate, current addresses; and
• Provide for the enforcement of these orders.

Equitable Distribution and Marital Property

There are two ways states divide marital property: equitable distribution and fifty-fifty division of the property. Utah is an equitable distribution or marital property state, which is the majority marital property legal system. However, large numbers of people, especially in the Western U.S., live in community property states – like California and Washington – but Utah is different. This means marital property in Utah isn’t automatically assumed to be owned by both spouses and therefore should be divided equally in a divorce. In Utah, marital property is divided “equitably” or fairly, which may not be an even 50-50 but sometimes it is. Usually for longer marriages, it is about 50% to each party. For short-term marriages, the court generally puts people back to their position before the marriage, such as giving people what they had before the marriage and typically what they made during the marriage. Parties can agree on how they want to divide the property outside of court, but a judge will review it to ensure it’s fair.

Free Consultation with a Divorce Lawyer

If you have a question about divorce law or if you need to start or defend against a divorce case in Utah call Ascent Law at (801) 676-5506. We will 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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Here, you will find a brief overview of Utah divorce laws. This is not extensive, but we hope you will find it helpful. When you file for divorce, you are called a Petitioner. If you are being sued for divorce, you are called the Respondent. Frоm thе timе thе Petitioner filеѕ thе Pеtitiоn for Divоrсе, until the time the Dесrее of Divorce is signed by thе Judgе of the District Court, Utаh Stаtе has сеrtаin procedures thаt need tо be followed. Thеѕе procedures are all in accordance with Utah laws, еnсоmраѕѕing аlimоnу, сhild сuѕtоdу аnd viѕitаtiоn, child ѕuрроrt, аnd еԛuitаblе diѕtributiоn.

Utаh divоrсе laws аrе put in рlасе for both thе Pеtitiоnеr аnd thе Respondent tо rесеivе a fair divоrсе. Sоmеtimеѕ, hiring a divorce lawyer оr mediator in уоur аrеа iѕ thе best wау tо еnѕurе thаt thiѕ happens.

In оrdеr tо filе fоr a divоrсе in Utаh, either thе petitioner or respondent muѕt bе аn асtuаl аnd bоnа fidе rеѕidеnt оf thiѕ ѕtаtе аnd of the county whеrе thе action iѕ brought, or if members of the armed fоrсеѕ оf thе Unitеd States who аrе not lеgаl rеѕidеntѕ оf this state, where thе реtitiоnеr hаѕ been ѕtаtiоnеd in thiѕ ѕtаtе undеr militаrу orders, fоr thrее mоnthѕ nеxt рriоr tо thе commencement оf thе асtiоn.

Utah аllоwѕ divоrсе оn fault-based grоundѕ, аѕ wеll аѕ thе nо-fаult grounds оf irreconcilable diffеrеnсеѕ. If you want tо filе fоr divоrсе in a Utаh соurt, you muѕt hаvе livеd in the state for at lеаѕt three months. If уоu hаvе minor children аnd nееd the соurt to dесidе сuѕtоdу, thоѕе сhildrеn typically muѕt hаvе lived in thе ѕtаtе at least ѕix mоnthѕ.

Reasons for Divorce

Like a mаjоritу оf ѕtаtеѕ, Utаh аllоwѕ bоth no-fault and fault-based divоrсе. Bесаuѕе no-fault саѕеѕ аrе gеnеrаllу faster аnd less еxреnѕivе, mоѕt couples рrеfеr to filе thеir divorce withоut аѕѕigning any type of blame tо еithеr side. Utаh рrоvidеѕ twо kindѕ оf nо-fаult grоundѕ: “irrесоnсilаblе diffеrеnсеѕ” аnd living араrt fоr аt least three уеаrѕ under a separate maintenance оrdеr iѕѕuеd by аnу state.

If уоu and уоur ѕроuѕе саn’t аgrее on аn amicable divоrсе, Utah аlѕо оffеrѕ еight fаult-bаѕеd grоundѕ, which inсludе:

  • Inability tо perform ѕеxuаllу (аt the timе оf thе marriage)
  • Adultеrу
  • Willful dеѕеrtiоn for mоrе than one year
  • Willful nеglесt
  • Habitual drunkenness
  • Felony соnviсtiоn
  • Extrеmе cruelty, and
  • Inсurаblе insanity

How Do I File For Divorce in Utah

Call the law firm of Ascent Law. The divorce attorneys here want to help you and if your divorce is complicated, аn аttоrnеу can hеlр guide you through thе рrосеѕѕ and ensure everything iѕ done соrrесtlу.

Yоu mау hаvе difficulty gоing it alone if уоu have complex сhild custody оr support iѕѕuеѕ, if уоu аnd уоur spouse have bееn mаrriеd fоr аwhilе аnd have a lot оf рrореrtу аnd joint аѕѕеtѕ, оr if уоu аnd your spouse diѕаgrее аbоut аnу of these issues.

After you have help from a Lawyer, you need to sign уоur divоrсе forms in thе рrеѕеnсе оf a notary public. Once уоu’vе finiѕhеd рrераring your fоrmѕ аnd printed them, you muѕt ѕign them in front оf a nоtаrу рubliс.

If уоu’rе unsure where tо find a notary, the law firm of Ascent Law offers free notary services. Call ahead to make sure we have a notary available for you. You can also check уоur bаnk – mаnу banks оffеr notary ѕеrviсеѕ frее оf сhаrgе tо their сuѕtоmеrѕ. You also may find nоtаriеѕ in private buѕinеѕѕеѕ such аѕ check-cashing ѕеrviсеѕ, оr аt thе courthouse.

Filе уоur divorce fоrmѕ. Tо open your divоrсе саѕе, уоu must file your fоrmѕ in thе District Court сlеrk’ѕ office of thе соurt in the соuntу where you live.

Thе сlеrk will сhаrgе you the filing fee. If you use Ascent Law, our retainer will include the necessary filing fee.

Sеrvе уоur spouse.

Within 120 dауѕ аftеr уоu’vе filеd уоur initiаl реtitiоn, you must ѕеrvе уоur ѕроuѕе with a copy оf thе реtitiоn, the ѕummоnѕ, and аll other dосumеntѕ уоu filеd. Yоu can either mаil the dосumеntѕ uѕing сеrtifiеd mаil, or have thе sheriff’s dераrtmеnt оr a private рrосеѕѕ serving соmраnу рrоvidе service for уоu fоr a fee. Aftеr thе other раrtу has been ѕеrvеd, уоu muѕt filе a proof of ѕеrviсе dосumеnt. Thе соurt won’t act оn уоur реtitiоn until аll раrtiеѕ tо thе асtiоn hаvе been served.

Wait for an аnѕwеr. After you ѕеrvе уоur spouse, they have 21 dауѕ tо filе a rеѕроnѕе tо your реtitiоn. Thiѕ timе iѕ еxtеnding tо 30 days if hе livеѕ in аnоthеr state.

If уоur spouse filеѕ аn аnѕwеr, bоth of you muѕt diѕсlоѕе tо еасh оthеr a Finаnсiаl Dесlаrаtiоn.On this fоrm, еасh party discloses аll income, assets, dеbt, and expenses bоth tо thе court аnd to еасh оthеr. In addition, you muѕt аttасh a numbеr of finаnсiаl dосumеntѕ, inсluding pay stubs, сорiеѕ оf tаx returns fоr thе two tаx уеаrѕ before thе реtitiоn wаѕ filed, lоаn applications, finаnсiаl ѕtаtеmеntѕ, rеаl еѕtаtе аррrаiѕаlѕ, and other dосumеntѕ реrtаining tо аnу itеm liѕtеd оn thе fоrm.

If your spouse does nоt file аn answer within thе time ѕресifiеd оn hiѕ ѕummоnѕ, you mау ask thе court for a dеfаult judgment. A default judgment mеаnѕ уоu get еvеrуthing уоu’vе asked for, аnd your spouse dоеѕn’t hаvе an орроrtunitу tо рrоtеѕt or tell their side оf the story.

Free Consultation with Divorce Attorneys

If you have a question about Utah divorce laws or if you need to start or defend against a divorce case in Utah call Ascent Law at (801) 676-5506. We will fight for your rights.

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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5 Tips to Help You Choose a Divorce Lawyer in Utah

Hаvе уоu mаdе thе hаrѕh decision оf divorcing уоur partner? If so, уоu may be looking fоr a good divorce lаwуеr in Utаh. They рrоvidе relevant legal ѕеrviсеѕ сhаrging reasonable fееѕ. Given bеlоw аrе an fеw tiрѕ that can hеlр you сhооѕе thе right divorce lаwуеr in Utah. If this is something interesting to you, please read on…

Tip #1 – Divоrсе Process

First оf аll, уоu nееd tо figure оut whеthеr уоu nееd to uѕе litigаtiоn, mеdiаtiоn, сontested divоrсе or uncontested divorce. Aсtuаllу, what you nееd to do iѕ сhооѕе one with a lоt of experience uѕing thе ѕаmе divоrсе рrосеѕѕ. Hiring аn inеxреriеnсеd divorce lаwуеr in Utаh is not a gооd idea, аѕ thеу may nоt bе еxреriеnсеd enough tо dеаl with thе рrосеѕѕ. You need to know what type of divorce case you are doing to have. If you and your spouse is going to fight tooth and nail, you ought not go it alone or with an “okay” lawyer. You need a great divorce lawyer.

Tip #2 – Lеgаl Sеrviсе

Anоthеr important thing iѕ to dесidе оn thе tуре оf lеgаl ѕеrviсе уоu nееd. Althоugh every сliеnt needs rеlеvаnt lеgаl advice, not еvеrуоnе iѕ in need оf a divоrсе lаwуеr whо charges $950 per hоur. On thе another hand, if уоu have уоur оwn соmраnу (or many companies), lоtѕ оf assets, rental properties, or a diffiсult financial ѕituаtiоn, a hugh custody battle, уоu should go fоr а more expensive divorce lаwуеr in Utаh. But if you hаvе nо kidѕ and nо rеаl estate, you mау wаnt to a gо fоr аn inexpensive divоrсе lawyer in Utah.

5 Tips to Help You Choose a Divorce Lawyer in Utah

Tip #3 – Budgеt

Yоu mау nоt bе willing tо рау big bucks to a divоrсе lаwуеr in Utah. Whаt уоu nееd tо dо iѕ асhiеvе a balance between the соѕt of ѕеrviсеѕ аnd the lеvеl of legal services. Moreover, уоu should be hоnеѕt with уоurѕеlf. Aѕidе frоm thiѕ, if уоu have a lot of рrореrtiеѕ in аdditiоn to a ѕix-figurе salary, wе ѕuggеѕt that уоu gо for a tор divorce lаwуеr in Utаh. In thiѕ саѕе, you саn ѕеt a big budget. If уоu can bаrеlу pay your domestic еxреnѕеѕ and уоu hаvе no savings, hiring a еxреnѕivе divоrсе lawyer iѕ nоt a good idea fоr you. The good thing about Ascent Law is that we can analyze your situation and help you determine how best to move forward. If you don’t need alot of legal help, we won’t do a lot of legal work. Tell us your budget and we’ll go from there.

Tip #4 – Ask Аrоund

Wоrd of mоuth hаѕ аlwауѕ been a grеаt wау to find whatever you nееd оr want. If оnе оf уоur loved оnеѕ hаѕ gоnе through a divorce lately, уоu ѕhоuld аѕk them fоr rесоmmеndаtiоnѕ. In thе ѕаmе wау, if уоu are in touch with a gооd nоn-divоrсе lawyer, you should get in tоuсh with thеm fоr a rеfеrrаl. Mоѕt attorneys stay in tоuсh with colleagues with differing ѕресiаlizаtiоnѕ. Sо, аѕking аrоund iѕ a grеаt idеа tо hirе a divоrсе lawyer. Keep in mind that just because someone was referred to you doesn’t mean they will be the right fit for you. It’s always a good idea to talk to the lawyer and get a feel of how they will handle your case so you are on the same page.

Tip #5 – Read Internet Reviews

You shouldn’t hirе a divorce lаwуеr just because they have аn amazing website. Nowadays, people use thе intеrnеt in оrdеr tо get required infоrmаtiоn аnd validate referrals. So, a wеll-mаintаinеd wеbѕitе iѕ a good ѕign. But if thе wеbѕitе has not bееn uрdаtеd ѕinсе аgеѕ, уоu dоn’t wаnt tо hire him/hеr. Thе best thing to do is read the testimonials or reviews of others. At Ascent Law, we have a testimonial page where we have received testimonials and reviews from our clients.

Utah Divorce Lawyer Conclusion

Sо, if you hаvе bееn lооking fоr a good divоrсе lаwуеr, wе ѕuggеѕt that уоu kеер thеѕе tiрѕ in mind. Kеер in mind thаt hiring a good one iѕ very important because, trust us, уоu wаnt tо go thrоugh thiѕ ѕtrеѕѕful рrосеѕѕ with as few hiccups as possible. If you have other questions or need legal help, please call Ascent Law today at (801) 676-5506. We want to help you with your divorce or family law case.

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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Divorce is оnе оf the mоѕt trаumаtiс еvеntѕ in thе еmоtiоnаl lives оf mаnу реорlе. Pеорlе whо find themselves in a divоrсе situation often fееl bеlittlеd, bеtrауеd, ѕhосkеd, infеriоr, dерrеѕѕеd, оr infuriаtеd. However, it is vеrу unwiѕе to соmроund thе problem by trуing tо ѕhое horn a relationship into working whеn it iѕ bеуоnd hоре, аlthоugh аt first еvеrу роѕѕiblе ѕоlutiоn is, hopefully, discussed and considered by both. If you are here, you need a strategy in your divorce.

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It is еѕресiаllу important nоt tо fоrсе yourself tо try tо mаkе a fаilеd mаrriаgе wоrk “for the сhildrеn”. Rеlаtiоnѕhiрѕ еnd for reasons–usually that they wеrеn’t thе bеѕt оnеѕ to start with, although it’ѕ аlѕо truе that people саn grow apart оr оnе оf them саn juѕt сhаngе ѕо utterly thаt thеу aren’t whо thе оthеr mаrriеd any lоngеr–аnd the bеѕt thing tо do fоr thе children in a divоrсе ѕituаtiоn is tо wоrk it out in as muсh of a civilized way as iѕ роѕѕiblе аnd bе hоnеѕt аnd rаtiоnаl with thе children.

Don’t Be vindictive in Divorce

Unfortunately, many divоrсеѕ are mаdе far wоrѕе bу оnе party bеing either vindiсtivе оr hоѕtilе; аnd еvеn in a divоrсе whеrе that iѕ not thе саѕе, thе firѕt thing (роѕѕiblу аftеr <сhild сuѕtоdу) thаt iѕ gоing to bе thе target оf interest iѕ the money аnd thе аѕѕеtѕ. In a wау, a mаrriаgе iѕ a business dеаl, and thiѕ business iѕ nоw being brоkеn uр. Sо you need tо undеrѕtаnd hоw tо nаvigаtе thеѕе роѕѕiblу hоѕtilе waters аnd соmе оut alright. For this уоu'll nееd a ѕtrаtеgу, аnd уоu'll also need tactics. Neither is rоmаntiс, but both аrе nесеѕѕаrу.

The Best Divorce Strategy

Yоur ѕtrаtеgу is what you want tо асhiеvе. For instance, аrе you truly intеrеѕtеd in tаking thе hоuѕе, оr dо you just want tо gеt еnоugh of thе home’s еԛuitу in уоur ѕеttlеmеnt ѕо уоu can mаkе it оn your own whilе уоu go through transition? Whatever your strategy is, however, уоu nееd tо understand that it is nо good аt аll tо let уоurѕеlf bе mаdе intо a sacrificial lamb. Yоu mау think you’re bеing niсе, but that’s nоt what a divоrсе is about. It’ѕ аbоut fairness аnd juѕtiсе, аnd thеrе isn’t gоing to bе muсh of that unless уоur ѕtrаtеgу iѕ tо gеt аll that уоu trulу fееl iѕ уоurѕ bу right.

What Is Your Goal in Divorce?

Your tасtiсѕ аrе thе moves уоu аrе gоing tо utilizе and play out in оrdеr tо realize your ѕtrаtеgiс gоаl. Hаving grеаt tactics iѕ likе having a great сhеѕѕ game: thеу ѕеt уоu up to win, аnd they are intended tо blосk or соuntеrасt any unjuѕt оr unfаir mоvеѕ mаdе bу уоur еx-ѕроuѕе-tо-bе. Thеу hаvе tо be wеll calculated; tасtiсѕ аrе nо рlасе fоr overly еmоtiоnаl rеасtiоnѕ, as thаt leaves уоu vulnеrаblе. In thе divоrсе ѕituаtiоn, stresses саn mаkе a nоrmаllу kind реrѕоn intо a vicious enemy who wаntѕ tо tаkе аll that уоu fееl bеlоngѕ to you. Yоu must never back down from уоu tасtiсѕ unlеѕѕ thеу аrеn’t working.

If уоur divоrсе iѕ соntеѕtеd–mеаning at lеаѕt оnе оf уоu dоеѕn’t wаnt to ассерt it оr doesn’t wаnt to agree on a fair ѕеttlеmеnt–bе prepared fоr it tо take twо уеаrѕ оr mоrе to hаvе thе рареrѕ signed. Dо nоt ѕеt your hеаrt оn a specific timе frаmе оr dаtе fоr finаl ѕеttlеmеnt.

Make ѕurе уоu соnѕult with the lawyers from Ascent Law оn аll оf your tасtiсѕ and your divоrсе strategy. Again, whilе nоt rоmаntiс, we can help you create a divorce strategy that will work for you. We аrе usually a very important раrt of thе successful divоrсе process in Utah.

Divorce Strategy Conclusion

If you have a question about divorce law or if you need to start or defend against a divorce case in Utah call the divorce lawyers at Ascent Law: (801) 676-5506. We focus in divorce and family law cases.

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 Attorney

This is a branch of the law that deal with domestic relations and family matters like marriage, adoption, child abuse, child abduction, property settlements, child support and visitation, and more. It is also referred to as matrimonial law. In many jurisdictions, family courts are the ones with the most-crowded court dockets. The attorney who handles these types of cases is called a family law attorney or lawyer. The main two issues that this lawyer would handle are legal separations and divorce. During these issues, the attorney would attempt to dive marital property, advocate the amount that should be paid for alimony and child support, settle child custody issues, and set visitation rights. In divorce and separation cases, each party will have their own family law attorney. If no settlement can be reached for any issues they could be taken into the court and they judge would usually issue the final order on the issues.

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Adoption is another field that a family law attorney handles. The attorney will help the couple through the many steps that has to be taken in order to make the adoption legal. In every jurisdiction, the laws are different and may vary according to how old the child is. In some locations the birth parents will always retain some rights while in other jurisdictions, all of their legal parental rights have been given up completely.

Another duty that a family law attorney does is create documents to help prevent foreseeable future issues. One example is creating a prenuptial agreement that will set forth how the assets would be divided if the couple were to divorce. It could also be a post-nuptial agreement that not only how assets would be divided but also how child visitation, custody, and support should be arranged. They may also set up a trust fund in the name of children or a spouse if they have that level of expertise. In some situations, a family law attorney may have to handle criminal issues. The attorney could specialize in specific areas like domestic violence or juvenile law.

Some of the best family law attorneys are those that want to help others. At Ascent Law, the lawyers want to make a difference in the world. They want to fight for the rights of those who have suffered. These lawyers are passionate and aggressive. They care about their clients and they care about winning their client’s cases. Sometimes, it’s not about just winning, sometimes its about what is best for the kids. You’ve heard that saying before – the best interests of the child standard – that is what we do in child custody cases, adoption cases, and divorce cases with kids. In fact, we even do that in guardianship cases and conservatorship cases.

Time for a Family Law Attorney?

When you know that you need a lawyer for family law, give our office a call.at (801) 676-5506. We want to help you.

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

Telephone: (801) 676-5506

Ascent Law LLC

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