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Update from the 2nd District Court and In Person Hearings

FROM THE SECOND DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS RE: RESUMPTION OF IN-PERSON HEARINGS WHEN: We are currently contemplating returning to in-person court on September 1, 2021. In-person court can resume if the courts are in Yellow as long as appropriate precautions are taken. If the virus count prompts a return to Red, in-person hearings will only take place...

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Financial Planning in Divorce – The Family Home

“This being human is a guest house every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He maybe clearing you out for...

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Alimony – To Pay or Not To Pay?

Next to child custody, alimony is the most hotly contested issue if you are divorcing in Utah.  Why? Because there is no formula or calculator to determine the amount of alimony.  Instead, alimony is based on multiple factors, which can be highly subjective.  In Utah, the primary purposes of alimony are (1) to get the parties as close as possible...

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A Checklist for Divorce Financial Planning

Ten Types of Documents to Gather When Considering Divorce Socrates said, “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”  This may be true in life but is extremely damaging in divorce.  It is critically important that you take affirmative steps to understand and familiarize yourself with your finances when considering divorce.  You will be...

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Divorce, Abraham Maslow, and Financial Support

It would be lovely if the starting point of any divorce could be deciding what we want. But more often than not, my first consultation with clients involves questions of survival. Many clients fear what their financial future will look like. They have worked hard to get where they are financially. Divorce presents a sharp reality that what one...

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What Next? – Divorce Options

In the fall of 2020, I found myself in the emergency room.  I thought I was having a heart attack.  Luckily that wasn’t the case but the doctors had no answers for me.  They did not know what was going on.  One mentioned a panic attack. Well, whatever it was, it woke me up.  For decades, I have pushed through the stress of my job and avoided all...

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Child Custody 101

Growing up in the 70s and early 80s, I did not know anyone whose parents were divorced. My first introduction to “child custody” disputes was from watching Kramer v. Kramer, the 1979 movie where the mom (Meryl Streep) abandons her husband and son but returns after 15 months to claim her child. The custody battle involved each parent’s lawyer...

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