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Can a Stepparent be Required to Pay Child Support?

A stepparent may support his or her spouse’s children for years while married to their parent. But, there is no obligation under Utah or U.S. federal law for the stepparent to pay child support for the spouse’s children born from a previous relationship. However, a stepparent can impact the amount of child support that his or her spouse, the biological parent, is required to pay. This can, in effect, cause the stepparent to incur costs from resulting child support increases.…

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Handling Time-Sharing During the COVID-19 Pandemic FAQ

When you have a child custody order for time-sharing, you may be confused as to what to do during the COVID-19 pandemic. Should you keep your children with you or let them have the court-ordered time with your former spouse? The simple answer is to let your children spend time with your former spouse as withholding visitation is violating the court order. We Both Agree to Suspend Time-Sharing. What Do We Need to Do? If you both agree to suspend…

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Answers to Important Child Support and Tax Questions

It can be challenging to navigate the process of divorce and one of the most important aspects of this process is child support. Child custody, visitation, and child support are all done in the best interests of the child or children. It is critical for everyone to have a firm understanding of child support and the implications that these payments can have on someone’s taxes. With this in mind, there are a few common questions that people have when it…

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What to Know About Child Support and Holiday Gifts

The temperatures are starting to drop and holiday cheer is starting to fill the air. As many people complete their Christmas shopping, some might be wondering, “can holiday gifts be counted towards child support?” Child support can be a complicated issue and it is normal for questions to be present. For those wondering if their Christmas shopping can be taken out of their child support, there are a few important points to keep in mind. The General Rule of Child…

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Why it’s Important to Inform Your Child’s Teacher On Your Divorce

Impact of Divorce on Children Going through a divorce or separation is hard for everyone, but it can be extra hard on the kids. Divorce during the school year is tough on children. There are many things parents can do to help make the process easier. One way to help your child cope with divorce is to inform the school on what’s going on; here’s why: 3 Reasons it’s Important to Tell Your Child’s Teacher about Your Divorce 1. Who…

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