How Much Child Support Will I Receive or Pay in Utah?

Child support in Utah is calculated based on a statutory method. It is based on your and your spouse’s gross monthly incomes. The easiest way to figure out what your child support will likely be is to go to the child support calculator on the Office of Recovery Services (ORS)’s website. On that page you can enter in your monthly gross income, your spouse’s monthly gross income, and the number of minor children, each in their separate boxes. Then press the...

What do I do if my Child is Being Abused? (Utah Family Law)

If you suspect or have knowledge that one of your children is in danger or is being abused, by law you must immediately report it. You can report it by calling DCFS (the Division of Child and Family Services) at the Utah Child Abuse Hotline number: (855) 323-3237. Or you can otherwise notify the nearest peace officer or law enforcement agency, or call 911 for emergencies.By law, you must report potential neglect or abuse of any child. If you are not sure whether...

How can I get Custody of my Children in Utah? (A General Overview)

An important factor Utah courts consider in deciding whether you will be granted custody of your children in your Utah divorce, paternity, or parentage case is your involvement in your children’s lives. Hopefully long before you and your spouse contemplated divorce, you were intimately involved in your children’s lives. Moving forward, it is especially important that you are very involved. Try to attend as many of your children’s sporting events, church events, and...

Do I need to include "Goodwill" in the Value of my Business for my Utah Divorce?

In last week’s blog, which addressed, “How do I conduct a business valuation for my divorce in Utah?” we mentioned a few types of assets that might need to be included in your business valuation.  One of those assets is “goodwill.” Goodwill, which is an intangible asset, is possibly the most contested factor in the area of business valuation in Utah divorce cases. The argument usually centers on whether the goodwill should be included in the business valuation...

How do I conduct a Business Valuation for my Divorce in Utah?

As we discussed in last week’s blog, you may discover that a business valuation is needed for your Utah divorce. If that is the case, you are probably wondering: ‘but how do I properly conduct a business valuation under Utah law?’ Answer: Talk to a lawyer. Businesses are different. The person you choose to value one business will not be the person you choose to value another business. You’ll want to find an individual who is qualified to give an opinion as...

Do I need to get a Business Valuation for my Divorce in Utah?

If you are going through a divorce in Utah, and you, your spouse, or both of you fully owned or even partially owned a professional practice, corporation, limited liability company or other business during your marriage, you might want to conduct a business valuation as part of the divorce process. The idea is to get a reasonably-accurate estimate of the value of the business. The way Utah courts look at it is: since marital property is divided equitably between spouses...

How will Property and Debts be divided in my Utah Divorce? (A General Overview)

In Utah, the general rule is that a spouse will get to keep his or her separate property (assets), but the marital property (assets) will be split 50/50 between husband and wife. Separate property is property that an individual owned prior to getting married; property that is given during the marriage as a gift specifically to the individual; or money or property that an individual inherits before or during marriage. These three types of property are typically...