Key Changes in Utah Alimony Law: Imputation of Income for Recipient Spouses

Alimony in Utah Family Law Cases

Understanding the latest changes in Utah family law is essential for anyone involved in alimony cases. One significant update focuses on how the courts determine the imputation of income for recipient spouses. These changes are designed to ensure fairer outcomes for individuals who have reduced their workplace experience due to family responsibilities or disability. Here’s…

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Important Changes to Alimony Determination: What You Need to Know


The Utah State Legislature recently made significant changes to how courts determine alimony. Here’s what you need to know about the new factors that the courts will consider when determining alimony: Standard of Living During the Marriage. The court will evaluate the standard of living that existed during the marriage, which includes: Income: The court will…

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What Does it Mean to Impute Income in a Family Law Case?


In Utah family law cases, the imputation of income refers to the process by which a court assigns or attributes income to a party for the purpose of calculating child support or alimony obligations. This imputed income is used when the court believes that the party could earn more than they currently do but is…

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Empowering Guardianship: Understanding Delegation of Powers by Parents or Guardians

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Utah law recognizes that parents or guardians may need to temporarily delegate certain powers regarding care, custody, or property to another individual through a properly-executed power of attorney. This legal mechanism, outlined in Section 75-5-103 of the Utah Code, provides flexibility and support to families in navigating various circumstances. Let’s explore what this delegation of…

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Navigating Utah’s Extended Summer Parent-Time Schedule

Child Custody

Summer is coming! This blog post will focus on the extended parent-time schedules set forth in Utah Code Ann.  § 30-3-35(4) and/or § 30-3-35.1(8). These extended parent-time schedules ensure both custodial and noncustodial parents have ample opportunity to spend quality time with their child(ren). Let’s delve into the specifics of Utah’s extended parent-time schedules as outlined…

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Understanding Supervised Parent-Time in Utah Family Law

Supervised parent-time.

In the complex landscape of family law, ensuring the safety and well-being of children is paramount. Utah law recognizes the fundamental liberty interests of parents and children to have unrestricted and unsupervised access to one another. However, in circumstances where there is evidence indicating potential harm to the child, the court may order supervised parent-time…

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Understanding Vocational Assessments in Utah Family Law Cases

Determining one's income in family law cases

In the realm of family law, particularly in cases involving child support and/or spousal support (alimony), vocational assessments can play a crucial role in determining a fair and equitable outcome. But what exactly is a vocational assessment, and why might one be requested in a divorce case? Let’s delve into these questions and explore the…

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Understanding Temporary Orders in Utah Family Law

Temporary Orders

In the realm of family law, particularly in Utah, temporary orders play a crucial role in addressing immediate concerns and providing stability during the pendency of a legal case. Whether you’re going through a divorce, a child custody dispute, or any other family-related legal matter, temporary orders can significantly impact the trajectory of your case…

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Navigating Premarital Agreements in Utah Family Law: Understanding Enforcement and Protections

Premarital Agreement

At Ellsworth Law Firm, we recognize the importance of premarital agreements in protecting the interests of individuals entering into marriage. Today, we explore the enforcement of premarital agreements in Utah, as outlined in Utah Code § 30-8-6, and the provisions designed to ensure fairness and transparency. Understanding Premarital Agreements: Premarital agreements, often referred to as…

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