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May 2014 Archives

Now, more than ever, parents are awarded joint child custody

Traditionally, divorce courts in Utah and elsewhere awarded sole custody of any minor children to the mother. Fathers were relegated to being "weekend dads" to their children. Fortunately, that bias appears to be waning, as more courts favor joint child custody agreements now than at any other time in our nation's history.

Social Security and Utah divorce -- is an ex-spouse eligible?

Couples in Utah who are divorcing have numerous issues to resolve before they go their separate ways. One issue that many couples who are close to retirement fail to consider is Social Security. Even if a divorce is final years before one or both parties are eligible to receive Social Security benefits, knowing what will happen when the time comes could affect settlement negotiations.

Utah mom died in 7 car crash said to be DUI-related

As with most Utah parents of children with extracurricular activities, a 43-year-old mom was driving her daughter home after soccer practice one day recently. She had no way of knowing that she would be involved in a car crash on her way home that would take her life. Police believe the accident, which ultimately involved seven vehicles, was DUI-related.

Help is available for Utah drivers to avoid a DUI on a holiday

The holidays are filled with celebrations, and many of the parties that Utah residents attend provide an opportunity to enjoy alcoholic beverages. As most everyone knows, it can be easy to have too much to drink at these types of celebrations, and that increases the risk of someone driving drunk. In recent years, some organizations provide their services free of charge to partygoers to ensure they get home safely and avoid the possibility of being arrested for DUI.

Finances after a Utah divorce

Part of any divorce is considering each party's financial situation after it is finished. Each party will need to make at least some financial adjustments afterward due to the simple fact that there are now two households instead of one. All of the negotiations Utah couples went through in order to come to a fair and equitable divorce settlement were aimed at giving each party the best start possible to their individual futures.

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