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Answer these 3 questions before getting a divorce

You don't know if you want a divorce, but you do know that your marriage is not working as it is now. Over the years, you've become more and more unhappy, and you think a divorce might be the only solution.

Before you decide to get a divorce, there are a few different things you should think about. Here are three questions to ask yourself and to have answers for when you speak with your attorney.

Pet custody battles: Who gets to keep Fido?

Some divorcing couples in Utah have dogs instead of kids – or they might have a cat, an iguana, a bird or a salamander. Regardless the kind of pet, if you’re attached to your animal friend, letting go of him or her could be one of the most difficult aspects of your divorce proceedings.

As such, you’re probably wondering where you stand. Will you be able to keep your pet?

Include summer custody schedules in your child custody agreement

The summer months are almost here. This means that parents who aren't in a relationship with each other will have to figure out how child custody matters will be handled this summer. This is actually an important matter for anyone who is in the midst of a child custody battle to consider.

While there are some schools in this area that have year-round school, this isn't the case for all school. No matter what schedule your child's school follows, you have to think about what is going to happen when your child is on a break or when you are planning a vacation.

Unmarried fathers still have parental rights

As an unwed father, other parties may have made you feel as if you have no rights to your child. The mother of the child may not want you to have contact with the child for whatever reason, but you need to understand that you do have parental rights. Though enforcing these rights may seem difficult, you have legal options for ensuring that your rights don't get trampled unjustly.

Because having a relationship with your child may be your most desired outcome, you may feel willing to face the potential complications that could come along with custody issues. Luckily, you can gain information and assistance that may make the process seem less daunting.

What to do with a house when you divorce

For many couples facing divorce, one of the most difficult issues to settle is who gets to keep the house - or whether to keep the house at all. In Utah, couples divide marital property under the equitable standard, which means that a court must consider a divorce settlement "fair" even if it is not equal.

While this standard does give couples some more room to negotiate (as opposed to the several states who use a stricter method of property division), it does not necessarily make things simpler.

Does a divorce require a financial advisor?

So, you've decided to get a divorce. While the biggest decision has been made, to legally separate from your spouse, it will likely not be the most painful or complicated as you work through the process. You know that you will have to talk about custody, alimony, and splitting up your property. But what about your other assets that have been collected over time? And how about the ones you may not entirely understand, such as stocks, retirement plans and life insurance policies?

What is a parental agreement?

In this day and age it's commonplace for couples who divorce to share custody of the children. One parent may be the custodial parent who handles more of the day to day parenting in the original family home, but it's not uncommon for the non-custodial to take them on weekends or pick them up from Wednesday evening soccer practice and feed them dinner.

While part of divorce agreement involves dividing up assets and other financial details, the welfare of the children should be a priority. A parental agreement goes much further than listing the amount of money a parent is to pay in monthly child support.

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