In creating this post, my intention is to provide average people a little education and insight into the law that governs (in the State of Utah) divorce actions, paternity actions, and the related matters of enforcing a divorce, child support, or custody order, and the modification of existing orders. This blog will cover topics regarding the statutes and case law on family law issues, including pending legislation, as well as providing reader’s with a guide to some of the legal terminology used in this area. Accordingly, I will attempt to give “layman” explanations for terms that mean a lot to lawyers and judges, but for most people just sounds like gobbly goop.
Please note, however, that this blog is for informational purposes only, and should not be considered, or be used instead of, legal advice from a licensed attorney with experience with your type of case. If anything, one thing you may learn from this blog is that there are times and occasions when “doing it yourself” just isn’t a good idea. Simply put, there are pitfalls of handling certain matters on your own, and if you find yourself in such a situation, I strongly encourage you to obtain competent legal counsel. That being said, the second purpose of this blog is to inform readers with alternative resources for dealing with some family law issues, including most importantly, mediation. I personally am a big proponent of mediation, collaborative law, and other forms of cooperative resolution, and have become a huge fan of the potential inherent in this methods to really help people move beyond the conflict.
Given the scope of this blog, I will not respond to questions or comments regarding the particulars of actual facts or your or anyone else’ situation. I have adopted this restriction for several reasons, but perhaps one of the most compelling reason is that without the attorney-client relationship, your communications on this website are not privileged. What that means in non-lawyer speak is that should you make a comment on this blog, the information could be used against you in a later Court hearing. In contrast, when you met with an attorney, she/he can provide you answers specific to your situation and your communications will be protected from use against you in a Court action. Also, while I am an attorney, I am not your attorney unless and until we have a signed client agreement. At which time, ask away!