Utah Family Law Blog

Utah Mediation – Frequently Asked Questions

Utah Mediation – Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to bring an attorney to mediation? No you do not have to bring an attorney to mediation. Attending mediation with an attorney is completely your choice. If you would like the legal advice of an attorney at mediation, then you should retain an attorney to...

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The Utah Online Court Assistance Program May Not Be Enough

The Utah Online Court Assistance Program May Not Be Enough

In Utah, any person can file online using Utah's OCAP (Online Court Assistance Program). We have a lot of people tell us, "I'm just going to use OCAP, but I don't understand this paragraph." Or "We are filing using OCAP, but what does it mean to say I have joint...

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Utah Child Custody Explained

This video by associate attorney Stacy Roberts explains the different Utah child custody types. You will learn the difference between Physical Custody and Legal Custody,  Sole Custody vs Joint Custody, and what the court looks at when making child custody decisions....

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The Unspoken Utah Court Rules

In addition to the official rules published on the Utah State Courts website, there is another list of "unspoken" rules that should be followed when attending court. There is a specific code of conduct that judges and commissioners expect to see in their courtrooms....

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Utah Standard Minimum Parent-time

Utah Standard Minimum Parent-time

The Utah Code for Standard Minimum Parent-time is found at Utah Code Annotated 30-3-35 (and 30-3-35.3 if your children are less than 5 years old). Utah Code Annotated 30-3-35 is constantly updated by the Legislature. Below is how it reads as of 2014. Notably, the code...

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How to Use Utah Child Support Calculators

How to Use Utah Child Support Calculators

  The Utah Court website and the Utah Office of Recovery Services website provide child support calculators that use the current Utah child support guidelines to accurately calculate child support.  You can link to them from this site by clicking on the links in...

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Grandparents’ Right to Visit Their Grandchildren

Grandparents’ Right to Visit Their Grandchildren

It may be surprising to some parents that that their own parents may petition a court and obtain a court order requiring them to allow grandparent visitation.  To most parents the right to make decisions and raise their children as they see fit, including the amount...

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July Holidays Causing Chaos in Utah Parent-Time

July Holidays Causing Chaos in Utah Parent-Time

In 2010, both the Fourth of July holiday and the Utah Pioneer Day holiday, on July 24th, fall on the weekend but courts and some places of business are closed on July 5th and July 23rd because of these holidays.  This is enough to cause parents to argue about what the...

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