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Divorce can be stressful on Utah parents and kids

While many Utah residents may have dreamed of their happily ever after when they got married, it is likely that a considerable number of them came to realize that their marriages would not help them reach achieve that dream. Marital issues can plague any relationship, and it is common for divorce to result. Of course, parents may find the situation even more difficult as they try to help their kids through the process as well.

Does having a divorced friend lead to divorce?

It is common for couples to have marital problems. In some cases, parties choose to suffer through those issues without taking action because they believe that it is what they have to do. However, when friends start going through divorce, Utah residents may start considering it a possibility for themselves.

Kids need parents' support, not vice versa, during divorce

Ending a marriage is an understandably emotional time for those going through the process. However, individuals -- parents in particular -- need to remain conscious of where they seek support and who they choose to lean on in times of distress. Some Utah parents may find themselves placing more importance on their relationships with their kids during divorce, but those kids should not be seen as pillars of support.

It is not wise to use attorneys as therapists during divorce

Outside help is often needed when Utah residents are ending their marriages. There are many emotional, personal and financial aspects to consider during divorce that individuals may not be able to contend with on their own. However, it may be important to keep in mind that any professionals enlisted for help likely have individual roles that should not overlap.

Does an expensive engagement ring signal divorce?

When individuals find the person they believe will be the love of their life, they often want to shout it to the world. As a result, many Utah residents may end up having lavish weddings as a way to show their love. However, the results of a recent study that looked at wedding costs and divorce rates may be of interest.

Lack of child support payments can lead to legal consequences

Having financial difficulties does not make a person a bad parent. However, not having a stable financial situation can make it hard for individuals to provide for their children and themselves. When a parent owes child support, he or she may think it best to simply not pay in order to stay afloat. Before taking this route, it may be important for Utah parents to remember that failing to make support payments can have legal consequences.

Deciding alimony terms sooner rather than later may be beneficial

The financial impacts of divorce are often the ones most dreaded by individuals in Utah and elsewhere going through the process. When a person has relied solely on the income of his or her spouse or makes less than a spouse, it is possible that alimony could be awarded as part of the divorce order. However, due to tax changes that will take place next year that leave the paying party on the hook for applicable taxes, even more contention could arise surrounding spousal support.

Legal divorce or separation instrument needed to divide IRAs

Ending a marriage often means splitting the assets. Some property may be easier to divide than others, and when it comes to addressing retirement accounts, more steps may be necessary in order to avoid possible taxes and fees. In particular, Utah residents going through divorce may want to pay close attention to how the division of IRA funds takes place.

Staying financially conscious may help during divorce

Ending a marriage can be an expensive endeavor. While some people may feel willing to shell out the needed funds in order to get out of an unhappy relationship, remaining level-headed and thinking through their actions could prove wise. Fortunately, there are many ways in which Utah residents could remain conscious of their finances while going through divorce.

Parental alienation may lead to child custody reconsiderations

Some individuals may feel disheartened when another parent obtains primary custody of their kids. Child custody proceedings can often be difficult, and Utah parents may find themselves having to make do with the terms of the agreements. However, the situation could be made worse if a parent attempts to alienate the other parent.

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