EMY A. Cordano Attorney at Law
Same-Sex Divorce in Utah: What You Need to Know
If you are getting divorced, you are likely frustrated, confused and maybe even a bit frightened about what the future holds. Our Salt Lake City divorce attorney Emy A. Cordano understands that divorce, like marriage, is complicated and helps you.
6465 S 3000 E, Suite 103 Salt Lake City, UT 84121

Just as same-sex couples can marry in Utah, they can also get divorced. Utah legalized same-sex marriage nearly two years prior to the SCOTUS ruling that made same-sex marriage legal in all states. Divorce is seldom pleasant, but it is a necessary process when a marriage doesn’t work out. Same-sex couples are afforded the same considerations for divorce as traditional couples, and they face many of the same issues during the divorce process. If you are considering divorce or have been served with a petition to dissolve your marriage, our … READ MORE

Parents who have had their Utah custody orders entered into a court of law \ do not have the right to withhold parenting time from the noncustodial parent. Both parents must obey the order of the court. Even if child support is not being paid or being paid irregularly, custodial parents do not have the right to withhold parenting time. Likewise, a parent may not withhold child support payments because they are being denied parenting time. Sharing custody is never an easy process. If you are facing custody issues in … READ MORE

Sharing custody is hard for parents but being shared can be even more difficult for kids. Children of separated or divorced parents often walk away feeling like they have no say in where they live and who they live with. In Utah, the preference of the child is taken into consideration in cases where it is left up to a judge to decide on custody—but only once they reach a certain level of maturity. To say that there are a lot of big emotions swirling around any custody proceeding is … READ MORE

Spring break for divorced or separated couples can pose a unique set of questions and potential obstacles to the ordinary harmony of child custody. Who will get the kids during their time off from school? Details regarding spring break are sometimes hammered out during divorce negotiations, but all too often these issues are not appropriately addressed, leaving the arrangements for spring (and fall) break up in the air. In this instance, it is a best practice to always discuss custody during these typical extended breaks well beforehand to come to … READ MORE

It is not unusual for a parent to discover that the estranged father or mother of their children who is paying them child support is now in a better position financially than when the original child support order in their case was entered. In this case, a petition (or in some instances, a motion) to modify child support can be entered. This petition allows you to ask the court to revisit the child support calculations it previously made and modify the amount of support you receive to better reflect the … READ MORE

Recently we discussed the defamation suit that actor Johnny Depp had filed against his estranged ex-wife, Amber Heard. Now Heard has fired back with new allegations filed in court claiming that Depp, fueled by drugs and alcohol, went into domestic violence rages where he would choke, hit and head-butt her. Heard’s new allegations were detailed in a motion that seeks to dismiss the defamation lawsuit he filed against her related to an op-ed in the Washington Post. Heard, in documents filed in court on Thursday, claimed that Depp abused by … READ MORE

If you are planning on tying the knot, you may be wondering if you and your spouse-to-be should consider a pre-nuptial agreement—known in the state of Utah as a premarital agreement. The short answer is “maybe.” There are some circumstances where a premarital agreement makes sense. Prospective spouses should consider their individual financial situations when determining if a premarital agreement is right for them. What is a Premarital Agreement? A premarital agreement is a legally binding contract that a couple makes when contemplating marriage, and it spells out what will … READ MORE

From a legal standpoint, getting married is easy; divorce is a tad more complicated. One of the biggest sticking points in most divorces is the division of property. In the state of Utah, the courts typically look for a fair and reasonable division of property, and it is helpful if the parties come to an agreement on who gets what. This doesn’t always happen, however, and if the parties are not agreeable to property division, then it is up to the court presiding over the divorce to divide up the … READ MORE

One of the hardest things to deal with in the aftermath of a divorce is co-parenting and learning the new roles that each parent must play as a divorced couple. The state of Utah encourages both parents to have a healthy, ongoing relationship with their shared children. Although it is not unusual for a father to be the main custodian of a child, this role typically falls on the mother. It is important for both fathers and mothers to know their legal rights when it comes to child visitation. Our … READ MORE

The first hurdle in enacting a ban on the marriage of 15-year-olds in Utah has cleared its first major hurdle. A bill sponsored by Democrat Representative Angela Romero has received an outpouring of support from women who were once members of polygamous groups. Romero, who has made revised the bill somewhat from its original provisions, says that marriages of people under the age of 18 are “associated with higher rates of divorce and lower levels of education.” The bill won unanimous approval by lawmakers in February and advanced on to … READ MORE