Boyack Christiansen Legal Solutions handles all aspects of Utah family law from adoptions to custody and divorce cases. We are not afraid to go to court because we work hard to resolve cases in mediation or by settlement. Part of our commitment to our clients is to dramatically improve their lives who are going through these matters by eliminating the hassles and by looking for long term solutions to our clients’ needs. We can help you with your Utah family law needs. Contact us with any questions you may have or if you would like to set up an appointment.
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We handle all aspects of family law. We have done thousands of divorces. Dozens of adoptions. We have defended termination of parental rights cases. We have dealt with custody and paternity.
In a divorce case, the case is started when someone files a petition for divorce with the court and submits it to the court. They will then serve the other party with the person with the petition and a summons. Quite often they will also file a motion for temporary orders.
Utah now has a rule that imposes an immediate injunction that neither party can sell marital assets, cancel phone or utility service, etc. without agreement or court order. We used to have to file a motion to get this done. We are grateful for this rule change.
The next step in a divorce is the exchange of information. The first thing exchanged is usually a financial declaration and the documents and statements that support it. This is so that both sides have a clear picture of the marital assets. This also gets us good income information to calculate child support.
Then we go to mediation. It is required, with some exceptions, that we participate in mediation in good faith. We love mediation. It is a great way to resolve a case for several reasons.
First is it almost always the cheapest way to resolve things.
Second, you can get creative with solutions. Judges tend to follow the code and have a hard time being creative.
And third, you control the outcome. If you go to trial you lose all control, other than the evidence you present to the court. Sometimes it is better to take a “B-“ outcome at mediation than risk an “A” or “F” outcome at trial. We have had trials where both parties walked out with and “F” outcome.
If we cannot figure it out at mediation if there are kids, we often do a custody evaluation. This is a long, expensive, and complex process.
Bradley Meads in our office is a mediator. He does good things with this.
We usually work custody and paternity lawsuits very similar to divorce. The only real difference in practical terms is that they do not have property and debt to divide.
Child support in Utah is set by code. There is not a lot that we can do to change it. This is a good law. Children should be supported by their parents and not having to haggle over this has been a good thing.
Adoptions are one of the most fun things we get to do as lawyers. They are rewarding and low conflict. So much of our work is high conflict that we love the chance to do adoptions.
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