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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It’s one of the most confusing statistics concerning divorce. According to figures provided by the U.S. Census, Utah has one of the highest divorce rates in the nation. Yet, the state’s men and women are among the least likely to get divorce. How does this happen? It’s simple. More people people throughout the state are getting remarried. But they are not just getting married again. They are tying the knot for a second or third time at a remarkably fast rate. When it comes to remarriage, practice makes perfect. It turns out, second marriages tend to last much longer and tend to stick. The numbers don’t lie. Utah men have the fifth lowest divorce rate in the nation at 8.2 percent, while the state’s women have the nation’s fourth lowest rate at 10.2 percent. Why Utah is Unique Ask any Salt Lake City divorce lawyer on why marriages fail and they have heard just about every excuse. Whether it is infidelity, troubles with balancing a career and family or irreconcilable differences, people tend to learn from their mistakes during their second marriages. One of the glaring statistics that make Utah unique is people are getting married at a much younger
How is Alimony Determined in Utah? Divorce attorneys in Salt Lake City get all types of questions from their clients. Among the most common is how Utah courts calculate alimony. It may seem like an easy question. But the answers are not always simple. Spousal support is one of the most complex and delicate issues in family law. To explain it in simple terms, it basically comes down two major factors–time and need. First, it is important to understand the concept of alimony and why it exists. Alimony is a legal remedy designed to help a financially weaker spouse get back on their feet after divorce. When couples have been married for a long time, it can be easy to become accustomed to a certain lifestyle. But if one party has been financially dependant on the other for several years, they may require spousal support to maintain the same lifestyle after divorce. The court is unlikely to grant alimony in cases involving a short marriage. The court usually rules in favor of alimony in marriages that last exceeded five years in length. It is also important to understand that spousal support only lasts for the length of the marriage. IfREAD MORE
Valentine’s Day has arrived. The last thing on the minds of most couples is signing a prenuptial agreement. It may not be the most romantic thing to discuss But if you are entering into marriage, it is an important subject that needs to be addressed. There was a time when prenuptial agreements were only for the wealthy. But if you own any kind of property or significant assets, it is important to protect your financial interests. Not matter how strong bond a bond you may have with your fiance, there is no guarantee the marriage is going to last forever. Take Control The truth is not all marriages are built to last. If you have significant assets and property, everything you own could be at risk. It is important to protect yourself. One of the guarantees of divorce court is there is no sure thing. Rather than take chances, more people are discovering it is best to have a prenuptial agreements to protect their personal and financial interests. Here are a few reasons why it is beneficial to have a prenup. Protecting Your Wealth: If you have significantly more wealth than your partner, it is vital to have a prenuptialREAD MORE
Does Your Divorce Attorney Protect Father’s Rights? Being a dad isn’t easy. There are many pressures to balance a family and professional life. It can be especially difficult when you are a divorced dad. When it comes to divorce, many fathers believe the law does not provide fair treatment. One of the challenges for Salt Lake City divorce attorneys is to ensure each client is treated fairly in a court of law. While ensuring a level playing field in the courtroom is not always easy, it can often come down to the ability of the divorce attorney to protect father’s rights. There are few things more precious than the relationship between a parent and their child. But far too often, fathers are left behind when it comes to the protection of their parental rights. Just the notion that fathers do not have the same parental rights as mothers should be appalling to everyone with a family. Although Utah family law is supposed to be gender neutral, many attorneys and judges continue to interpret statutes with their own personal beliefs that tend to be filled bias. One of the biggest disadvantages men immediately encounter is outdated stereotypes. While women
When it comes to divorce in Utah, there is good news and bad news. The good news is the state ranks near the bottom of the nation in divorce rates. The bad news is divorce costs are still staggeringly high. Each year, there are nearly 10,000 divorces in Utah. If you do the math, it comes out to whopping $200 million in tax revenues spent on dealing with its various issues. To help reduce the number of divorces, state senators in Salt Lake City are now proposing a new bill that would encourage more couples to seek counseling and premarital education. The effects of the proposed legislation would increase the price of marriage licenses. However, couples will the chance to regain the cost with a rebate by participating in these educational and counseling programs. The present cost of a marriage license Utah ranges from $25 to $50. Republican state senator Allen Christensen introduced the bill, known as SB29. During a speech at Utah Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee, Christensen admitted he does not expect the bill to fix the problem. But he does believe it will have a positive effect. Among those backing Christensen’s bill is AlanREAD MORE
It is often said that marriage is about give and take. Ironically, the same can be said about divorce–especially if you share joint custody with a former spouse. Utah courts traditionally favor having both parents involved in the upbringing of their children. Although it is usually best to have both parents present in the lives of their children, not every situation is the same. In the end, the court will ultimately decide what is in the best interest of the child. In recent years, joint custody has become an increasingly popular post-divorce arrangement. It has also raised the awareness of the importance of children having a father figure in their lives. Another overlooked reason is the increase of career-oriented working mothers. Sole custody can be demanding. It can be difficult to balance childcare needs while also maintaining a professional and social life. The Advantages of Joint Custody in Salt Lake City Children are often the biggest victims of divorce. When a marriage falls apart, it can leave emotional scars that can last for years. Joint custody gives children the opportunity to spend significant time with both parents. It also provides both parents with an opportunity to provide their own uniqueREAD MORE