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Q: 1) Can one parent pay the entire cost of health insurance premiums for the child?

2) When stating the alternative tax year exemption for the child involved, what constitutes odd and even years? Does the year you earn the income or the year you file the tax return?

Samuel Sorensen
Samuel Sorensen answered on Apr 27, 2016

1) Yes, although the default provision in Utah law provides for the parties to split the cost of insurance.

2) Good question, it is usually the tax year. So, if you are filing your 2015 tax return in 2016, that is an odd year (because it is the 2015 tax return).

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Q: Can I "the boyfriend" be drug tested at my girlfriends custody court date with her ex? We live together but not married

The info is all in the question the only other info , is that I have 2 kids of my own and she has 1 son, if her ex argued that I was a drug abuser would I even have to take a test if I could prove that I've raised my kids on the time I have with them and my ex have arranged with no problems... Read more »

Samuel Sorensen
Samuel Sorensen answered on Apr 27, 2016

It is possible. Since you are around the children regularly (as you live with them), your conduct and character is an issue in the custody determination. You should keep yourself out of trouble and then it won't be a problem, even if they do order a drug test (which would be unlikely unless... Read more »

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Q: can I contact the judge to let him listen to a voicemail left on my phone?

My ex husband and his lawyer left a message on my cell phone today, they didn't hang up and you can here his lawyer state since we can't get her going over the fact your suing her that little message I left should.... My ex asks if he "his lawyer is sure the judge will rule in his... Read more »

Samuel Sorensen
Samuel Sorensen answered on Apr 27, 2016

Short answer, no. You cannot have communications with the judge outside court. Depending on the nature of the voice message, you may be able to submit it as evidence to the Court. However, it may or may not be relevant depending on the issues in your case.

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Q: Can I get custody of my daughter even if I'm not the biological father?

Me and my ex split but she was pregnant when we got together she wasfour months pregnant when we got together I was there till birth I cut the umbilical cord I was there the two nights we were there I bought the child close bottles formula anything she needed by now that me and my X-Play I... Read more »

Samuel Sorensen
Samuel Sorensen answered on Apr 27, 2016

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Unfortunately, you don't have a great case to get custody of the child as you don't have any biological connection. You could initiate a contested adoption case, but that would require that your ex's rights to the child be terminated. I... Read more »

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Q: do grandparents have to have consent from both parents to take child on trip outside state?

father lives with his parents and has temporary custody. He allowed his parents to take our child out of state without even talking to me about it before hand. when I clearly stated I was not in agreement with it, father acts like I have no say and he can do what he wants. What can I do about this?

Samuel Sorensen
Samuel Sorensen answered on Apr 27, 2016

The answer to your question really depends on what you mean by "temporary custody". I am assuming that you and your child's father have joint legal custody, which would require that he notify you of the trip.

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