Child Custody Evaluations | Utah Divorce Lawyers

What is a Child Custody Evaluation 

A child custody evaluation usually occurs in a divorce action that involves children. In Utah, a child custody evaluation gets ordered at a temporary orders hearing or by motion by either side. One important factor or evidence that gets admitted through the child custody evaluation in your divorce is what is called hearsay evidence. This is evidence that is communicated to the child custody evaluator by the child or children in your divorce. This essentially gives your children a voice in the divorce court proceedings through the evaluator. The difference is that the evaluator in your divorce is going to give a professional opinion as to the best interest of your child or children as it pertains to custody and a parenting plan. This can affect the custody and parent time you have with your child or children in your divorce.

Results from a Child Custody Evaluation

The child custody evaluator will do an evaluation in your Utah divorce and then will meet with both parents (with their divorce lawyers) for what is called a 4-903 conference. This 4-903 conference is really another mediation, but the difference is the evaluator will give their opinion as to what the custody should be and then you will mediate your divorce with your lawyer in a separate room. This mediation can occur at the court house or the law office of one of the divorce attorneys. The purpose is to allow you see what the opinion of the child custody evaluator as it pertains to your children and hopefully that will allow you to settle your divorce as it pertains to custody and parenting time. Sometimes this mediation works and sometimes it fails.

Divorce Lawyers in Salt Lake City

At Arnold & Wadsworth we have divorce lawyers that have experience with child custody evaluations in divorce actions. Call (801) 475-0123 today for a free consultation. Our divorce lawyers will assess your situation to make sure you are considering all angles and opportunities in your divorce action.

Temporary Orders | Divorce Salt Lake City

When facing a divorce in Utah it is likely you will go through a temporary orders hearing. The first question our divorce lawyers get is whether a temporary orders hearing is mandatory; it is not. However, it will give you a good idea and feel for how the rest of your divorce will go. The temporary orders hearing will also give you experience in court, and show you the strengths and weaknesses of your divorce case. While it will include paying your divorce lawyer to prepare the motion and argue the motion in a hearing in divorce court, it will provide you with valuable insight before you reach mediation. Going through a temporary orders hearing will also allow you knowledge and insight in how to present a settlement at mediation.

At temporary orders the issues before the divorce court judge will be; custody, parenting plan, debt allocation, asset division (on a temporary basis), alimony, whether to appoint a guardian ad litem (GAL), whether to appoint a custody evaluator, personal property division, and real property division. A lot of the arguments will come done to how well you present your evidence. This is where it is very valuable to have a divorce lawyer that has experience with the judge you will be in front of. First, you want to make sure your argument is clear and concise. You do not want the judge to consider facts that are not relevant. Second, you need to be clear as to what you want. The judge cannot grant you something in your divorce you do not ask for. Lastly, make sure you respond to their arguments. This is a big hearing and turning point in your divorce. You need to make sure you put your best foot forward.

The divorce attorneys at Arnold & Wadsworth offer a free consultation concerning divorce matters. Feel free to call today and set up a free consultation at (801) 475-0123.

Katy Perry Divorce – Arnold & Wadsworth

It seems like common place to have celebrities divorcing. In the case of Katy Perry at least there were no children. In a recent report it was stated that Russell Brand took off his ring a month before the divorce filing.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2084659/Katy-Perry-divorce-Russell-Brand-took-wedding-ring-month-split.html

It is not surprising. Taking off a ring should not be video taped and you might want to let your wife know it was over at that point in time. So while Katy Perry thanks her fans for being supportive I wonder how and what her fans actually say. I wish Katy Perry would tell us which fans and exactly what was being said that made her feel her fans were so supportive. Remember this is coming from a singer that did not want to file for divorce because she was afraid of what her parents would think.

Katy Perry Divorce from Russell Brand

Are women paying the price for taking their husband’s name? | Dollars and Sex | Big Think

Are women paying the price for taking their husband’s name? | Dollars and Sex | Big Think.

This is really interesting. I cannot believe that this is how women are perceived in the work place. It seems that this is unreal. I do not see myself as an employer thinking that a woman is not smart because she took her husband’s last name. I know of women that keep the last name even after a divorce. This does not make sense to me, but it is an interesting read.

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