After the dust of divorce has settled and your life begins to return to a sense of normalcy (well, a new normal at least), it is common for the recently divorced to be struck with an overwhelming sense of loneliness. It may not hit some as hard as others, but if you have been in a long-term relationship, you are bound to feel some sense of loss eventually. This does not mean you are weak, or that you made a mistake in getting a divorce — it is simply part of the process of adapting to change.
A fear of loneliness can also be a major factor in quickly driving people who have recently divorced into serious, often unhealthy, relationships. While it only makes sense that such a dramatic change in lifestyle will cause such feelings, there are several steps you can take to reduce the impact of loneliness on your health and lifestyle. Continue reading →
A father from Colorado recently scored a victory in the fight against Utah’s controversial adoption laws, shortly after the governor signed a bill that takes steps into closing some of the law’s loopholes.
Until earlier this month, unmarried pregnant women were able to come to Utah, give birth and put the child up for adoption without notifying the biological father. On top of that, the state’s fraud immunity statute also prevented an adoption from being overturned in cases where the mother lied, creating a haven where women had 100 percent control of a child’s future. This essentially stripped the (very few) rights an unwed father actually has, leaving them with few options if they wanted to be a part of their child’s life.
In the first victory of its kind over Utah’s fraud immunity order, Robert Manzanares was awarded joint-custody and saw his daughter, Kaia, for the first time in six years. He has since gone on to file an appeal for sole custody. Continue reading →
Modern couples are living together and waiting much longer before marriage, as the number of cohabitating couples has increased by more than 1,000 percent over the last 40 years. Additionally, a rapidly increasing number of couples in the United States are deciding to forgo marriage altogether. As this trend becomes more common, couples need to take steps to obtain various rights that are essentially non-existent outside of marriage.
Without marriage, couples are often seen as strangers through the eyes of the law in situations of unexpected death or the breakup of the relationship. Married couples automatically receive legal benefits, such as the ability to file joint tax returns, receive a property settlement after divorce or receive a share of property in cases of unexpected death without a will. To receive similar rights, unmarried couples can go through the process of obtaining a cohabitation agreement. Continue reading →
Don’t believe everything you see on TV, hear from friends and be particularly skeptical when it comes to reading things on the Internet. This general rule should be common-place by now; however, that doesn’t prevent people from accepting things that are partially or totally wrong as truth — particularly when it comes to divorce. Attorneys frequently become the bearers of bad (and sometimes good) news when they first meet with clients, who often have incorrect perceptions of how certain divorce aspects work.
The process of ending a marriage is very complex. Laws will vary based on state and local jurisdiction, and are continually changing. Additionally, every couple getting a divorce has a unique set of circumstances that will factor into a unique outcome. This means a one-size-fits-all solution rarely (if ever) exists.
Here are some of the most common mistaken beliefs attorneys receive when it comes to divorce, and why they are wrong: Continue reading →
J. Rochelle Cavanagh, Esq., Contributing Author
All custody cases are different; however, there are some general rules everyone should follow —regardless of their circumstances. This list of general guidelines is vital for anyone going through a custody battle. Some may seem self-evident, but you would be surprised how many cases take a turn for the worst because one or more of these rules are ignored. Continue reading →