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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. 

How to protect your retirement savings during a divorce

Divorce is one life event in the Salt Lake City area that can affect all areas of your life long after it is over. In all of your haste to finalize things, the one thing you do not want to overlook is your retirement savings. You worked hard to earn and save them, but now that you are ready to leave your spouse, you learn he or she wants half. 

You may not feel your ex deserves to receive a dime of your retirement funds. Assets become fair game in divorce. Even though your spouse did not contribute towards your retirement funds, the funds are marital property. In equitable distribution states, retirement funds are not always split in half. Division occurs according to what a judge deems fair. Take some time to review the following steps you can take to protect your retirement. 

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.

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