Divorce and Holiday Parent-Time in Utah – Tis the Season

If you are a separated or divorced parent confused over your holiday parent-time schedule, you are not alone.  You would think figuring out when you have your children for a holiday would be straightforward.  Unfortunately, it is not so easy if your custody order follows the statutory holiday schedules.  Oftentimes, even attorneys are unable to…

The 5 Step P.L.A.N.S. for a Positive Divorce: Weathering the Storm

“Feare no more the heate o’ th’ Sun, Nor the furious Winter’s rages.” – William Shakespeare As with any devastating storm, your divorce can often leave a path of destruction.  Feelings of helplessness and despair regularly take over.  Fear prevails.  Anger may ensue. Must it be this way? “NO.” Can you avoid it?  The answer…

Seven Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce in Utah

Many of the clients who schedule initial consultations have not made the decision to divorce yet.  Often, the client or the client’s spouse has brought up the topic of divorce and my client simply wants to know what his or her options are in the event the couple decides to divorce. Here are answers to…

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…

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…

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…

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…