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“Common Law” marriage in Utah Posted on July 30, 2012, by
At times the issue of common law marriage arises in the context of divorcing parties, or separating parties, or those who need to establish a legal marriage relationship.  Utah law on the subject is as follows:  30-1-4.5.   Validity of marriage not solemnized. (1) A marriage which is not solemnized according to...
Mediation requires full disclosure Posted on February 17, 2012, by
Today I represented a client at mediation.  The mediation did not result in a negotiated agreement that resolved the case.  The mediator did a fine job.  So why didn’t the case get resolved?  The obvious, broad answer is that the parties were unable to reach a compromise, so the real...
Why mediation works Posted on November 17, 2011, by
Mediation is generally very successful in family law cases.  It provides a safe forum for people to sit down and communicate respectfully regarding their concerns and desires, as well as to have their reality challenged if they are a bit off.  The setting is confidential, so nothing that is said...
Crazy making behavior Posted on November 4, 2011, by
In our community of family law practitioners, we have heard some local mental health treatment providers use the phrase, “crazy making behavior.”  This phrase specifically refers to people who engage in behaviors that make you want to go crazy because they don’t make sense, they are irrational, etc.  There are...
“I don’t understand zero” Posted on October 18, 2011, by
There is a saying going around our community of family law practitioners that was started by a domestic commissioner here, “I don’t understand zero.” A parent will be hauled into court for failure to pay child support.  The parent will say that they have lost their job, or their income...
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