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TV host Aisha Tyler owes ex-husband millions in spousal support

When one spouse makes a significant amount of money while the other does not, spousal support may be awarded to the lesser-earning spouse upon the couple's divorce. Spousal support can be awarded to husbands and wives of all economic levels. The idea is to support the lesser earning spouse so they can maintain the lifestyle they became accustomed to during marriage.

Actress and talk show host Aisha Tyler has finalized her divorce from her husband of 20 years, Jeffrey Tietjens, and will owe him $2 million in spousal support. Tyler will pay him just over $31,000 each month for the next four years, from January 5, 2017, to January 5, 2021, for a total of $1.5 million. Additionally, she will pay $500,000 to Tietjens in cash to equalize the earlier division of community property between them.

Grandparents may have custody rights in Utah

One point of contention among many families is deciding on who is most qualified to care for children when their parents split up. In a large number of Utah cases, the child's mother or father will be awarded physical custody of the child while the other parent will be awarded visitation. Both parents may be involved in making major decisions regarding the best interest of the child.

However, in cases where neither parent is qualified or capable of raising the children, the children's grandparents may have the right to custody of the children. Utah courts, and courts all across America, are always focused on doing what is in the best interest of the child and will consider various factors when making this crucial child custody decision.

How to co-parent after a divorce

Utah parents going through a divorce may find it difficult to come up with a parenting agreement both parents can agree on. The parenting agreement will specify decision-making, child support, custody and parenting time schedules. The better you and your ex-spouse are at co-parenting, the happier and healthier your children will be.

Experts advise that parents should always keep their feelings about each other to themselves. If you are open with how much you hate your ex-spouse, your children may also turn against them, making it much harder to co-parent. Instead of bashing your former spouse, you should focus solely on doing what is best for your children. Along those same lines, you should always show respect to your ex-spouse for being your child's parent. Expressing your gratitude towards them will make them more likely to work with you on co-parenting.

Receiving spousal support after a divorce

The process of getting a divorce may be one of the most difficult times in your life. In addition to the emotional stress, you may be concerned with staying afloat financially, especially if you were not the "breadwinner" in your marriage. If you did not work outside the home during your marriage, it may be difficult to get back into the working world as a newly single person.

Utah courts recognize the challenges that come with this and may award you alimony, or "spousal support," in the divorce. Every month, your spouse will pay you a certain amount of spousal support to help you get back on your feet after the divorce. Generally, the court will consider the income and assets of each spouse, as well as their earning capacities, standard of living and duration of the marriage to determine how much these payments should be. Courts will also consider whether the couple has children and, if so, who they will be living with. The higher your income and earning capacity, the less you will receive in terms of spousal support.

What should I do if my ex-spouse isn't paying child support?

When a couple with children separates, one parent will often get physical custody of the child while the other parent is required to pay child support every month to help with the child's expenses. However, some parents fall behind on their child support payments or just don't pay at all. If you find yourself in this situation, there are steps you can take to ensure that your children get the financial support they deserve.

Generally, couples will have a court order in place specifying custody arrangements, parenting time and child support. It is important to note that even if your child's other parent is not paying child support, you should still make sure to follow the court order. You may not refuse to let your child's other parent see the child just because they didn't make their payments. At the same time, the other parent may not withhold child support based on their lack of parenting time.

Janet Jackson's prenup could make her a lot of money

When one or both spouses has a significant number of assets, they may decide to sign a pre-nuptial agreement to protect themselves in case the marriage goes sour. A prenup can protect your assets and also protect you from taking on the debt of the other party. If the couple decides to divorce, a prenuptial agreement can save them from getting dragged into a long court battle.

Pop superstar Janet Jackson and her soon-to-be ex, businessman Wissam Al Mana, recently announced their divorce. The couple was reportedly married in January 2012, but they may have been married as early as December 2011.

Protecting your financial status during a divorce

Researchers in a number of states have found that March and August are peak times for divorce in the United States. The University of Washington reported that couples have a tendency to divorce when Christmas or summer vacations don't go as planned. If you and your spouse and planning to separate, you need to be aware of how a divorce can financially impact your life so that you can protect yourself as much as possible.

In order to make sure that your finances are secure, you will first need to determine what you have in terms of marital assets. Tax returns, bank statements, property records and other financial data can provide you with the information you need. The judge handling your divorce will split your property equitably, or fairly, between you and your spouse. You will also need to update your beneficiaries to reflect the divorce so that your ex-spouse doesn't end up with all of your life insurance or retirement benefits. A qualified domestic relations order, or "QDRO," may be used by the court to divide up your retirement savings. You should know that QDROs can impact the portion of your ex-spouse's 401(k), pension and other benefits that you receive later on.

What custody options are available to parents in Utah?

When couples with children separate, determining child custody arrangements becomes their number one priority. In many cases, parents end up fighting over parenting time and need the courts to help them come up with a plan that is in the best interests of the child. The courts will focus on making sure that the child is well-cared for financially, physically and emotionally.

In Utah, child custody issues can be addressed during the divorce process or as a separate case. Generally, there are two forms of custody. Physical custody refers to where the child will be living post-separation. Legal custody refers to who will be making decisions regarding the child.

Pet custody battles prove to be challenging for divorcing couples

Any property that was acquired during a marriage may be split between the couple during a divorce. Property division is a key part of the divorce process and can have an effect on your future as a single person.

Utah courts use equitable distribution to divide marital property during a divorce. Equitable distribution allows a judge to determine how to distribute the property fairly between the parties. In some cases, the property will be split evenly between the two parties, but in other cases one party may receive more than the other. This also means that if a couple comes to a property division agreement on their own as part of their divorce, the court will have to review the agreement to ensure that it is fair.

Qualified attorneys can make the adoption process easier

For many individuals, having a child is one of the greatest joys in life. Instead of pursuing a traditional family through biological childbirth, a number of Utah couples are turning to adoption to bring a child into their family. Despite there being many children available for adoption, the sad reality is that many loving, capable parents are unable to adopt a child due to the long and complicated adoption process. That's why hiring an attorney can be so beneficial when navigating this this oftentimes labyrinthine process.

Most people are aware of tradition adoption of a child through an agency. However, there are other types of adoptions that families can explore. For example, some couples decide to go through a private adoption process where the child's birth mother and the adoptive parents reach their own agreement regarding the terms of the adoption. Other parents choose to adopt a child from the foster care system, which comes with its own set of challenges and rewards.

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