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Divorce Archives

How tax laws impact divorce planning

Those who are getting divorced in Utah may be impacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). This law has altered how alimony is treated for divorces that are finalized in 2019 and later. For instance, alimony is no longer considered income to the recipient and a tax deduction for the person making the payment. This could have the effect of lowering spousal support.

Reasons driving divorces among older individuals

For many Utah couples who have been married for decades, their relationships represent an important aspect of their lives. Divorces among people age 50 and over, however, have been on the rise compared to other age groups. These are known as gray divorces. Although some people cite growing apart as the reason for their splits, a research project that interviewed 40 men and 40 women revealed very specific and concrete motivations for divorcing.

Divorce and its financial impact

Utah residents who are 50 years old or older and who get a divorce should be aware of how a divorce can impact their retirement funds, as these couples generally have less time to rebuild their retirement nest.

Reality star separates from husband

Utah fans of the TLC program, "Long Island Medium" may be sad to learn that the show's star, Theresa Caputo, has filed for legal separation from her husband. Caputo and her husband have been married for 28 years and share two children. It is unknown if the pair will eventually file for divorce.

Discuss divorce options with a dedicated attorney

During the holidays, it is common for Utah residents to spend their time with their families. It is a chance for adults to take time away from their professional responsibilities and for kids to enjoy a few weeks of uninterrupted time away from school. For many families, the holidays offer an opportunity for individuals to reflect on the joys of the past year and to look forward to the future.

A review of Utah's grounds for divorce

Any person who chooses to end their marriage may have their own rationale for why they believe that their life will be better as a single person. However, to secure a divorce, a person must alleged that their grounds for divorce fit into those accepted by the courts. In Utah, a person may base their divorce on one of two no fault grounds, or one of eight separate fault-based grounds.

Steps in the Utah divorce process

The decision to divorce can be an overwhelming one, as couples contemplate a different future than the one they may have planned. The family law process provides important resources to help divorcing couples navigate both their divorce and the future following divorce. The divorce process begins when the spouse petitioning for the divorce files the necessary documents to initiate the divorce process.

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