emy a. cordano

I am Emy Cordano, a family law attorney based in Salt Lake City. I concentrate my practice on divorce and family law matters; I am not a general practice lawyer. Family law is all I do. Here you'll find additional articles and advice that I make available to anyone facing family law issues.

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How can parental alienation affect child custody?4/28/2017

In most child custody cases, children do not spend an equal amount of time with both parents. This is the unfortunate part of the divorce many families face today, especially small children who often feel they do not spend enough time with mom or dad. Then, parental alienation comes in the picture. A divorcee may influence his or her child against the other parent causing the child a lot of emotional distress. Attorneys dealing with these types of cases find it difficult as a parent may request having sole custody of the child or the child having little contact with the ex-spouse. While some parents’ irresponsible behavior may have provoked these harsh battles, collaboration between parents and focusing on the best interests of the child can be very helpful when developing a child custody plan. Parents who don’t agree during child custody battles can impact their children in a negative way. According to recent studies, children who have been involved in these battles tend to have more mental and addiction problems. Due to the severe impact parental alienation can have on the children, the court may order a change of custody after they find out that one of the parents


Why Hiring a Private Investigator Can Help With Your Divorce4/26/2017

Trust is an easy word to say. But it is not always the easiest thing to do. Most happily married couples in Utah live in trustworthy relationships. They often communicate effectively and share common experiences together. There are no secrets to keep. There is nothing to hide. There is no reason to cheat. But what happens when trust has been shattered? It can happen to any couple at any time. A husband is constantly late coming home from work. A wife begins to suspect an affair. Money mysteriously disappears from the couple’s bank account. Tension begins to rise in the household. They are all red flags that something may be wrong. While many people decide to file for divorce immediately at the first sign of trouble, one of the most effective solutions is to hire a private investigator. How a Salt Lake City Divorce Private Investigator Can Help Many people never hire a private investigator because they feel guilty of prying into their spouse’s personal life. But it is important to understand it can be an effective tool to protect yourself. Far too many people live in relationships plagued with lies, deceit, and infidelity. Anyone who suspects’s their spouse is


Remarrying and child support in Utah4/14/2017

With the above-average percentage of people being married in Utah, chances are some may want to try a second time. People with minor children who are remarrying often have many questions about how their new union will affect their children receiving support from their ex-spouses. There are child support guidelines established by the court that will help determine a solid child support award. With the help of a Salt Lake city divorce attorney, your children will be able to receive all the compensation they are entitled to receive. What determines child support? There are several sources taken into consideration when determining child support. Some sources will include: Any wages, salaries, commissions, bonuses or self-employment income you may have. Investments and pensions. Some things such as rents, interest accrued, royalties, dividends, and capital gains. Alimony from other marriages. Social Security benefits, unemployment or workers’ compensation and disability income insurance Remarrying can modify child support There are many aspects of remarriage that may influence how is child support calculated in Utah: A new child – Some time ago a new child wouldn’t make a difference when calculating a child support. Things have changed quite a bit.  Now, your primary responsibility is not


Ending a common law marriage 4/11/2017

In some states, including Utah, couples are considered married after being living together for a long period of time, sharing finances, and hold themselves as married. Common law couples act just as married couples, except they are not required to get a marriage license, and have a traditional ceremony.  If you choose to end a common law marriage, it’s important you understand these laws and find experienced legal representation from a  Salt Lake City divorce attorney Utah requirements Some requirements in common law marriages in the State of Utah include: Parties are of legal age, at least 18 years old. They cohabited before common law marriage Utah. They can lawfully enter into solemnized marriage. They hold themselves as married even before common law was implemented in Utah. They assume marital obligations, rights, and duties within the common law marriage.   Validity of common law marriage Although there are laws that address common law marriage in the states allowing such unions, some specific things are considered in order to recognize a common law marriage Utah or any other state recognizing common law: The parties signed power of attorney papers while still being in the relationship. The marriage took place in a

How to Construct an Effective Parenting Plan4/7/2017

Divorce is never easy. It becomes even more complicated when children are involved. Because no two families are alike, it can be challenging to construct an effective parenting plan that can fit needs of both parents and the children. To get the best results it is vital to seek representation from an experienced and knowledgeable Salt Lake City divorce attorney. Here is a general template on how to create a parenting plan. Keep it Simple and Concise One of the most important factors when creating a parenting plan is to make sure each parent understands its conditions. The plan should educate the reader about the family’s situation. Keep in mind, the parenting plan is not just for both parents. It will also be read by the judge and other people who are also involved in the legal process. Keep it Real To construct an effective parenting plan, it is vital to be as honest as possible. It is important not to embellish or exaggerate your situation. Make sure all information is factual. An experienced and knowledgeable divorce attorney can be a huge asset. They can properly draft a plan which properly represents your interests. They can also educate the client


Online romance has become very common these days. Each year more people connect via social media and dating platforms. It’s important to use caution when engaging in a conversation with an individual online. The sound advice of a Salt Lake City divorce lawyer together with some dating safety tips may come in handy when being exposed to the unpredictable World Wide Web. Avoid providing contact information  Although the online experience is often enhanced by what you share, you should limit sharing personal information. Sharing on multiple platforms can make you feel like a celebrity but it also makes you more vulnerable. Online harassment is very real and it can get pretty serious. Even when you omit your personal information, some apps such as Instagram and Foursquare will share your location if you are not familiar with how the settings work. Someone interested in you may search for your name on Facebook and find your number or any current activity that you have recently shared. Too good to be true  Let’s face it. Everyone likes looking their best and the internet is the ideal place to create a false reality. In other words, the bathing suit photo in his or her

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