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Planning for divorce in case your marriage does not work out

One situation that many people in Utah overlook when planning their lives is divorce. While you are busy planning for your retirement, you should also think about how a divorce can affect you financially and your kids emotionally. Divorce may be the furthest thing from your mind. However, no matter the state of your relationship with your partner now, you should have an exit strategy so you do not lose control of your situation. 

Ideally, you should take steps to protect yourself, finances and children before you marry. But it is not the end of the world if you wait until you have been married for several years. Here are some things for you to consider. 

Why you should keep your expectations realistic in divorce

One of the hardest decisions you may ever have to make in your life is divorcing your spouse. You may think that after you file, everything is going to progress smoothly. As comforting as that expectation is, you should not allow yourself to draw a false sense of security about your situation. Divorce is one event that can take you years to recover from because of its impact on every aspect of your life. 

Having unrealistic expectations about your separation can cause you to overlook important matters that require your input. It can also cause you to make bad decisions. Take some time to learn the importance of keeping realistic expectations about your divorce situation. 

Things to know about establishing paternity in Utah

For un-wed parents, establishing paternity can be very important. Particularly in Utah, unlike married individuals, when un-wed individuals have a child, the man does not automatically receive the title of the biological father. Therefore, if the father wants to have rights to and be part of the decision-making process for the child, it is important to determine paternity. There are a few key things that you should know about paternity proceedings.

There are three ways that paternity is usually established. The simplest option is for both parents to complete a declaration of paternity form and file it with the state’s Office of Vital Records and Statistics. In some cases where the two are no longer together, parents utilize this opportunity to establish other matters associated with the child, such as custody, child support and visitation. Keep in mind that in order for these additional agreements to be legal, they must also be filed with the court. If either parent applies for support from the state, the Office of Recovery Services may issue an administrative order. The parents have time to respond to the order, and if needed, the agency may issue a paternity test. Another way that a paternity test may be necessary is by a judicial order. This usually occurs when one parent files a decree of parentage and the other parent contests the petition.

How can I prepare financially for divorce?

When it comes to divorce, not many people in Utah think about their financial situations before filing. Many of them go through the divorce process with unrealistic expectations about the outcome. Some people make false and contentious claims because they think their judges will believe them and base their divorce settlements on sympathy. Little do they realize that real life divorce situations rarely play out that way. 

To avoid suffering a major financial setback after finalizing everything, you should consider the following suggestions to help you prepare financially for your divorce. 

What you need to know about property division in Utah

As part of the Utah divorce process, the spouses must make a financial division. Some may be able to work out an agreement on their own, but most resolve this issue in the course of mandatory divorce mediation or subsequent court proceedings.

Understanding the basic principles of how Utah law treats property division can help you get a better idea of what to expect. Sometimes, complex issues arise during the division process that require an experienced attorney who can handle them effectively.

What you should know about parenting plans in Utah

Parents beginning the divorce process with minor children have additional issues to address. In many areas, courts prioritize the interests of children above the preferences of the divorcing couple.

In Utah, the law requires parents to submit a parenting plan. The only exception is when only one parent will fully receive both legal and physical custody and thus the other parent will be completely out of the picture. Otherwise, no matter how minimal one parent's anticipated contact with the children, you will need a parenting plan.

The lasting effects divorce may have on your health

Divorce can be exhausting mentally, physically, emotionally and even spiritually. Your entire family may feel as if they have been put through the wringer after a divorce, and minimizing the negative effects on you and your children are your top priority. You cannot counteract the negative without being aware of it, and many facing divorce are unaware of how to care for their health as they deal with the emotional upheaval that often accompanies the end of a marriage.

Tips to help you successfully co-parent with your ex

Divorcing your spouse does not mean you do not have to ever deal with him or her again. If you have children together, you have to learn new skills to successfully co-parent with the person you feel you cannot stay married to. Co-parenting is quite beneficial to kids because it creates stability and lets them have a close relationship with both of their parents. It may not be easy to co-parent, but you can be the bigger person and do what is best for the children. Here are eight tips to help you get started:

Mediation can reduce your child's divorce stress

Divorce takes a heavy toll on every member of the family being dissolved. The adults are probably both dealing with pain, anger, and even feelings of betrayal and failure. The children of the marriage are probably quite scared about the future as well. Divorce can be particularly difficult for children to process, as they may think they are to blame or worry about picking sides.

One of the best ways to help protect your children from the emotional fallout of a messy divorce is to commit to mediation with your former spouse. Mediation, aided by personal divorce attorneys, can be easier than going to court.

Divorce mediation can help settle delicate divorces

Marriages of all kinds can come to an end, no matter where the couple may be from or what community they may be a part of. When a marriage comes to an end for a couple that is involved in a church community or has a family that devoutly practices their faith, the expectations and desires of the others surrounding the couple can make it difficult to think clearly. Even for couples who are attempting to dissolve their marriages amicably, these external pressures can be difficult to navigate.

Divorce mediation can be useful for just about anyone going through a divorce, and it can be particularly helpful in allowing a couple to keep a clear perspective through this difficult process.

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