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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Utah on
Q: What can be done failure to be served rule 109 with parentage petition, as well as ex statement of good joint cust pet?

Daughters dad has had no contact, but after several attempts to reduce child support, has now filed a joint custody petition, and served it on me.

First, he did not serve me rule 109, which was granted. Second, he did not include his statement of goodwill as required, with his petition... Read more »

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Lane Wood answered on Apr 28, 2020

I'm sorry that you are going through a custody fight. Custody battles are often hard fought and emotional. I will do my best to answer your questions, but I would also recommend that you seriously consider hiring an attorney to represent you. Custody determinations can have lasting effects on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Utah on
Q: My parents kicked me out but kept my child. I want to go get her now but they won’t let me.

My husband and I had moved into my parents back in August of last year from St George so he could finish school at Weber. My parents made us sign a contract in order to move in- no drinking no smoking no cussing. And we werent paying rent . In December my husband left me so I was living with my... Read more »

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Lane Wood answered on Apr 23, 2020

I am sorry to hear that you are going through this process. You may want to consider calling the police. Unless they have established guardianship over your daughter, they have no legal rights to keep her from you. If that is not successful, consider doing a consultation with an attorney who can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Utah on
Q: I was not married, but we filed the Voluntary Dec. of Paternity. Do I have any visitation rights, before I go to court?

As I understand it, (but could be wrong), in Utah, a father in divorce proceedings has automatic, and enforceable (though minimal) visitation rights, without having to go to court and ask for them, based on the idea that marriage is cause to assume paternity. If he wants more than the minimum, he... Read more »

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Lane Wood answered on Apr 10, 2020

The answer to your question is a little more complicated than a simple yes or no. Do you have parental rights before going to court? Yes, you absolutely do based upon the voluntary declaration of paternity. Does that mean you have visitation (Utah calls this parent-time) rights? Yes and no. You... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Utah on
Q: Can a ex spouse get equity on a house that they both owned and have been divorced since 2008.

The divorce decree states that she had 90 days from april 30 2008 to get a appraisal and he has 30 days and neither of them have done this. She she was the equity in the house that wehave been paying for for 12 years.

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Lane Wood answered on Mar 20, 2020

Your question is going to be fact intensive. I don't think I have enough information here to fully answer your question. The terms of your decree will likely govern. However, there may have to be some adjustments based upon a 12 year delay. I would recommend taking a copy of your divorce... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Utah on
Q: I was mailed an order from my ex husband that does not have a judge’s stamp or signature. Is this even valid?

This is for an order on order to show cause. My incorrectly spelled maiden name is also on it (and everything was filed with my married name). The certificate of service also does not have an address on it or my ex’s signature. This is in Utah.

Lane Wood
Lane Wood answered on Mar 5, 2020

Generally a court order will have an electronic signature stamp at the top right corner. If you have a question about whether or not it is valid, your best bet would be to call the Court to confirm. You could also do a consultation with an attorney who could check the docket online to give you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Utah on
Q: My child’s father hasn’t seen her or paid child support in 2.5 years. We have no custody order. What do I need to do?

I would like to get sole custody and potentially go after child support but am afraid he will try and get custody of my daughter. Will he be able to get rights after not seeing her for 6+ months?

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Lane Wood answered on Mar 2, 2020

The answer to this question is that it depends. Generally speaking, a termination of parental rights is a very difficult task. From your question, it does not appear that you are seeking to terminate parental rights. However, short of a termination of parental rights, a parent will always have some... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Utah on
Q: What can happen if you were arrested for DV-Assault-Simple and intoxication?

Both parties participated in a physical altercation but only one was arrested.

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Lane Wood answered on Mar 2, 2020

What can happen and what will happen are fact dependent questions. This can depend on what evidence exists, what happened in the physical altercation, who was the aggressor, etc. DV assault is generally charged as a class B misdemeanor. As a Class B, the maximum penalty is 6 months in jail and a... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: Can I file a protective order for my child?

I just want to know if I am able to file a protective order for my child 15 years old against her cousin over 30 years old? He was sending my daughter naked pictures of himself saying it was an accident but also saying he’s ok if he does it accidentally and if she felt like she wanted to send him... Read more »

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Lane Wood answered on Feb 29, 2020

A child protective order requires that a child is being physically or sexually abused or is in imminent danger of being abused. I believe that the conduct you describe meets the statutory requirements for a child protective order or for a stalking injunction if it occurred multiple times. You have... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: I am going to court for a misdemeanor b and I am not sure what to binge with me
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Lane Wood answered on Feb 28, 2020

Based upon the information provided, I assume that you are going to Court for an arraignment at this point. It is always advisable to bring an attorney with you to Court. If you cannot do so, be prepared to enter a not guilty plea and then seek out an attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Utah on
Q: My mom filed for custidy of my kids

She never told me & I was in a treatment center while i was in there she took my mail which had the letter from the court so I missed the court date & now I need to know what to do to get my kids back

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Lane Wood answered on Feb 18, 2020

You will want to get in touch with an attorney sooner rather than later. The answer to this question could vary greatly depending on what exactly happened to get custody of your kids. You will want to meet with an attorney who can look up the case to determine what was filed - guardianship, custody... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Utah on
Q: Can my ex's sister, temporary guardian of our 16 month old daughter, legally restrict my visitation?

She has had our daughter temporarily for 7 months while we have fallen on hard times. We signed over temporary guardianship. He and I broke up and he's now at ODYSSEY house trying to get into the parent program with our daughter. Once she is there, the program will determine visitation. In the... Read more »

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Lane Wood answered on Feb 16, 2020

I’m sorry that you are going through these problems with your daughter. Any time you are dealing with custody issues, I suggest having an attorney. The initial decision is crucial and you want to make sure it is done right. It is always harder to change down the road.

Generally speaking,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Utah on
Q: I want to stop receiving child support through the agency and get it straight from the other parent. Can this be done

Decree states modification can be made if both parents agree. Do we have to go back to court

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Lane Wood answered on Feb 3, 2020

If you both agree to stop using ORS to collect child support, this should not be a problem provided that neither of you are using any public assistance for the children. Generally, the parent receiving support can request that ORS close the case. However, if you children are receiving public... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Utah on
Q: A non court ordered agreement of $900 a month for two kids. How do I go about changing that if she is not willing to

We have a non court order agreement of $900 a month for me the father to pay. Now the kids are old enough to stay home alone so they don't go to day care anymore and she makes about $700 more a month then I do. How should I go about changing that if she is not willing to and I think it is to... Read more »

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Lane Wood answered on Jan 29, 2020

Generally in a court order, child support and child care costs are 2 different things. Typically the court will order a monthly support amount and also include an order that you split all work related child care costs. It sounds like you agreed to a different arrangement where you made a monthly... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Utah on
Q: My ex has full physical but we share legal custody, does she have to tell me where my child is?

My ex has full physical custody but we share legal custody. My daughter has been living with her grandparents for the past 3 years. About a month ago my ex and the grandparents stopped communication with me. Is this legal?

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Lane Wood answered on Jan 25, 2020

This is likely a violation of one or more provisions of the court order. You should consider filing an order to show cause to enforce the order. You may also want to seek a modification of the order.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: My best friend is about to have a baby and the babies father got arrested last night. Is there any way he can be release

For the birth of his child

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Lane Wood answered on Jan 16, 2020

This is a difficult question to answer without further information. Without any details, I would assume that the father would have the opportunity to post bail to get out of jail.

I would recommend consulting with an attorney to address the situation further.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Q: I received a ticket from an officer code 41-6a-601on my ticket. Said I was speeding 52 mph in a 25 mph.

I received a ticket from an officer code 41-6a-601on my ticket. Said I was speeding 52 mph in a 25 mph. On the ticket it also shows He charged me at 32mph over. I called the Court and they said I have a mandatory appearance. I asked why. I was told because I’m being charged with reckless... Read more »

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Lane Wood answered on Jan 15, 2020

Generally speaking the Court will set a mandatory appearance for anything 31 mph over the speed limit. While the charges in court generally match a citation, it is not impossible to add other charges. I would recommend contacting a local attorney to help address this issue. They should be able to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Utah on
Q: If a guy is 19 years old and dating a 17 year old can parent call cops and get guy in jail or anything

19 year old guy dating 17 year old girl, and hasn’t committed sexual intercourse can parent get cops involved and have 19 year old arrested and charged

Lane Wood
Lane Wood answered on Jan 15, 2020

Having dealt with similar cases before, I know that these situations can be difficult. I don't know if the 19 year old guy is doing anything particularly bad or if you simply don't want him around your daughter. Unfortunately, with the information provided, I do not believe that the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Family Law, Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for Utah on
Q: What can i do if my custody case has other proceedings and or personal attacks against me from those who r on my ex side

my ex filed for full custody after i filed for support. well after out temporary orders hearing my ex and his attorney had requested things they know i cant do so there for my parent time has been taken from me even though i begged them to make it to where i can do them but they would not. My ex... Read more »

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Lane Wood answered on Jan 13, 2020

First and foremost, it sounds like you should consider hiring an attorney. It sounds like your ex and his attorney are taking a very aggressive approach in the custody litigation. Their approach seems to be working to keep you from the kids. I suggest finding an attorney who can help level the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes and Sexual Harassment for Utah on
Q: Can I put a restraining order on someone who sexually harrassed my wife?

There is this co worker at her job who called her in a secluded room and try to unbutton her pants twice with out my wife's consent, to the point where my wife had to lie about being on her period. Two separate times.

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Lane Wood answered on Jan 4, 2020

I’m sorry to hear about what you and your wife are going through. I would recommend calling the police first. If the co-Worker is charged with a crime, the police can also implement a no contact order.

Additionally, your wife may have civil remedies available to her. She likely qualifies...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Sexual Harassment for Utah on
Q: Order to show cause?

I filed an order to show cause over a month ago and he never filed an answer. He does have an attorney and has since thw beginning. My court hearing is in 8 days and he just barely sent me a response today. In was just wondering if he's allowed to do that? Because in was told I had to file a... Read more »

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Lane Wood answered on Jan 3, 2020

I think that you may be confusing the time to respond to a Petition (likely for custody or divorce) and the time to respond to an order to show cause. The 21 days to respond applies to a Petition or complaint that is served upon you. On the other hand, an Order to Show cause has different... Read more »

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