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Can you modify a child custody order in Utah?

The end of divorce often comes with great relief, as the worst part is over. However, post-divorce life is not smooth sailing from here. Everyone must make major adjustments and deal with the emotional aftermath. The regular challenges of life continue to happen, as well, and new obstacles arise.

When your circumstances change again, you may find that your current custody arrangement is no longer working for you, your ex or the children. You may wonder if there is anything you can do about it or if you are stuck with the custody terms of the divorce order. If your situation meets certain requirements, then you can seek a modification. Note that modifying your custody arrangement will also affect child support and parenting time.

Is mediation always a good idea?

We have discussed the numerous benefits of mediation in recent posts. However, you and other Utah residents who are considering divorce may wonder if mediation is a one-size-fits-all solution. Are there some factors in your divorce that may make mediation more difficult? Is litigation sometimes the better option? Can you overcome difficulties during the mediation process and still make it work?

As you know, mediation’s benefits, such as privacy, cost-effectiveness and reduced conflict, can be inviting. However, some factors are likely to complicate the process. These may include the following:

  • Your spouse abused alcohol or drugs while you were married, and you worry that addiction may still be a problem.
  • Domestic violence or emotional abuse was present during your marriage.
  • Your spouse has significantly more funds and separate assets than you, which he or she is using as a financial advantage over you.
  • You and your spouse are unable to communicate without arguing, and negotiating or being open-minded to mutually agreeable solutions is nearly impossible.
  • Your spouse is deliberately being difficult and combative during mediation sessions.

2 major benefits of divorce mediation

Divorce is generally difficult enough without factoring in the financial side of things, given the substantial number of transitions the process usually involves. Moving homes, changing jobs and assuming new responsibilities are just a few of the ways your life may change following your divorce, but you may find that the entire process can go smoother if you are willing to consider divorce mediation.

While not appropriate for all divorcing couples (and probably not appropriate for couples who have a lot of bad blood between them), divorce mediation offers several major benefits. The process, which involves foregoing hiring individual lawyers in favor of working with a single, impartial mediator, is growing increasingly common among married couples who wish to part ways with minimal hardship, and for two key reasons. More specifically, divorce mediation brings with it the following major advantages:

Stop social media from hurting your divorce case

Social media can bring many positives into people's lives. However, the ability to instantly share everything with a wide range of people can have its downsides during a divorce.

As far back as 2010, divorce lawyers have been mining the opposition's social media for damaging evidence. Read on to learn about the most common ways to protect yourself from your ex's attempts to use social media against you.

Why equal parenting time is best for your children

Most married couples do not split amicably but have negative feelings such as hostility and resentment toward each other. Often, the cause of the divorce, such as infidelity or addiction, is what makes this life event so emotionally intense and contentious. The things that happened may cause you not only to want to avoid your ex but also want your kids to avoid being with him or her.

As much as you do not want to share your kids equally with your ex, studies show that this arrangement is the most beneficial to children, reports Psychology Today. Once you understand how it helps mitigate the side effects of your family splitting up, you may be more willing to agree to this parenting schedule.

How to tell your kids about divorce

One of the most painful things parents in the Salt Lake City area who are separating have to do is tell their children about their divorce. If you wait too long, you risk your relationship with them and their emotional well-being. So, it is generally better for you to tell them sooner than later if you are sure that reconciliation is not possible.

You might feel uncomfortable talking to your kids about divorce and confused about how you should bring the topic up. You might also have concerns about what you should say. To make it easier for you to explain the changes that coming for your family, consider the following pointers. 

Basics of child support in Utah

For divorcing parents who have young children, child support will number among the major issues they will need to resolve. Whether they are able to come to an agreement in the course of mediation or end up having to go through litigation, it can help to understand the general outline of the relevant rules.

Although Utah law sets forth some very specific guidelines for calculating support, there are still many factors that can influence the amount in an individual case. For a better idea of what to expect, parents should speak with an experienced family law attorney.

4 things to do when you get served with divorce papers

Not everyone seeking divorce advice is the spouse initiating the end of the marriage. Sometimes, divorce papers may come unexpectedly or undesirably to one spouse, who then is at a loss at how to react properly. What should you do when you find yourself in this situation?

Your next moves are important, because they can influence how the rest of your divorce goes. Take these four immediate steps to increase the chances of a better outcome.

Things to keep in mind when divorcing a difficult spouse

If you are getting ready to divorce a self-absorbed or narcissistic person in the Salt Lake City area, you may have your work cut out for you. You may be ready to leave your ex-spouse behind so you can move on, but there is a strong possibility that he or she may do everything possible to cause delays to keep you around. 

You do not have to resort to playing these games in order to get what you want out of your divorce. Take some time to review the following types of games your ex-partner may play so you can take the right precautions to improve your divorce outcome

3 reasons you should consider child custody mediation

Child custody disputes may seem impossible to resolve, but it can be done. If you have concerns about the process becoming adversarial, then you may consider solving your child custody problems via mediation. 

Mediating your child custody can give you the chance to work together with the other parent to create a parenting plan that is great for both of you and, most importantly, your children. Consider the following advantages of entering child custody mediation. 

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