Before I dive into my next case law summary blog, I’d like to take a step back and offer some basic advice for anyone going through a divorce or custody battle. Divorce is complicated and excruciatingly difficult, both emotionally and technically. I have done a lot of these, and there is one question that could really make things easier for so many people: “is there an easier way?” Parties to these cases could really help themselves if they started asking this question at every turn. They should ask it of themselves, of their lawyer, and of the opposing lawyer.
This case law update has a summary of all of the family law decisions from the Utah Supreme Court and the Utah Court of Appeals since the last update. There is a particularly helpful summary on proceeds from civil litigation, whether or not they are marital or separate property, and a helpful discussion about the UCCJEA. Enjoy!
The ACLU and the National Center for Transgender Equality have prepared a great report that helps transgender parents and practitioners understand the rights available to these families. Handling a case of this nature often raises difficult issues. These organizations have ample experience to advise on best practices for achieving positive results for the parents and children. Access the report here: https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/field_document/aclu-tg_parenting_guide.pdf
The case law update gives important information on relocation, custody, civil procedure, attorney fees, and retirement. Enjoy!
This case law update includes an important Utah Supreme Court case regarding grandparents’ rights, the Court’s discretion with custody evaluator recommendations, important civil procedure pit falls, and more. Enjoy!
The Court discusses custody and parent-time below the statutory minimums.
Here are Utah family law case summaries for April and May of 2015. Enjoy!
This legal update provides family law case summaries from the Utah Supreme Court and the Utah Court of Appeals from the second half of 2014. In addition to an awesomely insane case involving astronomical attorney fees (Dahl), this summary breaks down the courts’ rulings on: custody, alimony, child support, child care, medical expenses, abuse and neglect, protective orders and stalking injunctions, retirement benefits, pensions, stocks, and investments, debt, paternity, termination of parental rights, real property, personal property, grandparents’ rights, contempt and orders to show cause, attorney fees, domesticating cases, intervening parties, and some fancy information about civil procedure. Enjoy!