The judge in a bizarre and emotional child custody case has ruled that a 1-year-old girl who was adopted by a Utah couple must be returned to her birth father. The judge found that the girl's birth mother gave her up for adoption without her husband's knowledge or consent, violating his parental rights and invalidating the adoption.
In many cases where a divorce in Utah turns contentious, there are no winners. One former spouse may get child custody or a larger share of the martial property, but the emotional scars left by harsh words and bitter accusations can last for years. In short, the psychological impact of a difficult divorce is often not worth it for many couples.
When parents divorce in Ogden and the court orders one parent to pay child support, the process arranging the payments is generally fairly straightforward. But over time, the custodial parent may decide to take the children and move out of Utah with either the other parent's consent or the court's permission. This could also happen with unmarried parents. As time goes on and multiple state child support agencies get involved, the chances of errors in child support collection go up.
For many couples, divorce means the end of any kind of relationship between the spouses. But many people in Utah know that divorce is not always such a clean break. Some former couples remain friends after breaking up. And of course, when children are involved the exes must work together if they want to be successful co-parents.
If some Utah state representatives get their way, it may become much more difficult for a divorcing spouse to be awarded alimony in court if he or she had an affair during the marriage. They have proposed a bill that would allow judges to decide whether infidelity was to blame for causing the divorce when considering an alimony request. Besides restricting spousal support, this bill could have implications about Utah's no-fault divorce status if passed.
There is a good chance that you know somebody who has gotten a divorce. But have you been a guest at a party meant to mark the end of a marriage, complete with dancing, cake and the chance to help destroy the wedding dress?
With emotions running high, deciding who gets to keep what can be one of the most stressful parts of the divorce process. When spouses have particular attachments to certain items or the assets are of high value, coming to agreements regarding the separation can be challenging.
When a spouse files for divorce, there are myriad issues both parties must consider throughout the process. Not surprisingly, it can be difficult for a divorcing spouse to ensure all of his or her bases are covered. In such situations, an experienced divorce attorney will be able to guide the party through the difficult transition.
Prenuptial agreements have been well known and commonly used for some time. These days, postnuptial agreements are a growing, new trend in marital contracts. These legally binding documents are distinguishable from prenuptial agreements, as they are signed after a couple is married.
It is rare for a husband and wife to both decide at the same time that they want a divorce. Far more often, one person announces the marriage is over and that he or she wants a divorce. Often, the one requesting the divorce meets resistance from the other spouse. Even if the resistor has been aware of marital problems, the reality of being told his or her partner wants a divorce can be shattering.