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June 2015 Archives

In Utah, what effect does a divorce have on an estate plan?

Did you know that divorcing after the age of 50 is becoming a common occurrence across the nation? Called "grey divorce," some believe it's happening because of changing perceptions on divorce. Others believe it's happening because seeing women in the workforce is considered more acceptable now than it was during the Baby Boomer era, which is causing some women to rethink whether or not they want to be married still.

Fighting for what's right in the right way

There are a number of ways businesses with conflicting interests can resolve their disputes. In some instances, a business owner or manager will, with their business attorney, enter into negotiations that resolve differences. At other times, mediation or arbitration can prove useful to settle matters and allow the firms to get back to work. Sometimes, however, litigation is called for in order for a party to get what they believe is a full and fair measure of justice.

We're here to help St. George businesses

There are so many different ways to measure cities, regions and states that it can be difficult to sort through them all. However, if you look at various measurements of Utah, you'll find it near the top of several important lists: best places to start a business, best places to retire, best places to raise a family and best places to live, among others.

New Utah Law Expands Parent-Time Schedule

Several states are taking note of new legislation affecting family law, which offers an expanded parent- time schedule in favor of the non-custodial parent when the parents of minor children are involved in a divorce. The new law was sponsored in this year's legislative session by our very own Representative Lowry Snow. HB35 which has now been signed into law increases the minimum time children will spend with their non-custodial parent from 110 days to 145 days, a number that splits the time more evenly between both parents. This bill gives children more access to their non-custodial parent, a great benefit as indicated by research showing that children lead happier and healthier lives if both of their parents are actively involved with them. Because the minimum schedule of 110 days was becoming more of the standard than a minimum, advocates from the Family Section of the Utah State Bar and the National Parents Organization had been pushing for this change to the law. You can read more about this legislation in a recent Spectrum article here: