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Marriage Divorce

Marriage Divorce

If you think your marriage is in trouble, you need to tackle the issue head on. Ignoring problems can make matters worse. Your health can suffer and you may put your future financial situation in jeopardy by not addressing the issues that are leading to a vast rift between you and your partner. Try counseling, try listening, and most of all, try communicating with your spouse.

If you decide to divorce, while the path is often not easy, it can be the wisest choice and lead you to a better place.

So what should you look for as you examine your marriage? Some signs that your marriage is in serious trouble include the following:

Lack of intimacy. Without the closeness that intimacy brings, your marriage is likely to result in termination.

Affairs. If either or both spouses are constantly involved with others, the marriage is in trouble.

Constant fighting. Are you or your spouse constantly hot under the collar? If you are raging over small issues, or if you find yourself shouting or dealing with constant criticism and harsh words that undermine you, your relationship is in trouble.

Physical abuse. If you or your spouse let your rage erupt into physical abuse, your marriage is in trouble. No one should be treated this way, nor should anyone tolerate such abusive behavior.

Utah Child Custody Law

If you are a parent wishing to file for child custody in the state of Utah, you should familiarize yourself with the state’s child custody laws first. In a child custody case, the court’s job is to decide what is in the best interest of the child. Although there is no clear-cut way to know what the court will ultimately determine, certain factors usually have an influence.
Listed below are five things courts typically consider when determining child custody:

Finances. If one parent lacks the financial ability to provide the child with basic needs and services, then than that parent is less likely to be awarded custody.

Home environment. Children need a safe and loving environment to grow up in. The court will certainly consider which parent can provide the best home environment for the child.

Alcohol or substance abuse. If one parent has a history of alcohol or drug abuse that is still an issue, it can affect the court’s decision.

Availability. Courts generally favor the parent who has time to spend with their children to provide for their needs. If one parent works all the time, or for some reason has limited availability, a court will generally award custody to the other parent.

Mental or physical health. If any mental health condition or disability severely affects a parent’s ability to care for a child, this will play a role in the court’s decision.

Postnuptial Agreements

Most people understand the need to protect separate financial assets with a prenuptial agreement prior to marriage. But what about after wedding bells ring?

A postnuptial agreement safeguards financial security — and sometimes the harmony of a marriage.

Prenuptial agreements are reviewed and executed prior to a wedding. After the marriage, postnuptial agreements come into play. Both are types of marital agreements. Some reasons to consider a postnuptial agreement include the following:

Change of mind: After marriage, creating a postnuptial agreement to memorialize financial or other agreements can return stability to a relationship.

Change of career: For a working partner, the decision to stay at home and care for children permanently affects earning ability, pension and retirement. Few women or men return to the job market after 10 years able to obtain the same job or wage they previously enjoyed. A postnuptial agreement protects the financial stability of the caregiver in the event of divorce.

Change of fortune: The receipt of an inheritance, sale of a business or other change in fortune is reason to consider a postnuptial agreement.

Free Consultation with a Divorce Lawyer

If you have a question about divorce law or if you need to start or defend against a divorce case in Utah call Ascent Law at (801) 676-5506. We will fight for you.

Michael R. Anderson, JD

Ascent Law LLC
8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

Telephone: (801) 676-5506