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Author Archives: James B. Hanks

I am a Victim of Domestic Abuse. What Should I Do?

Physical and sexual violence represents only one aspect of domestic abuse. Many victims may not immediately recognize domestic abuse because it encompasses emotional, economic and psychological abuse – all with the intent to gain control in a personal relationship. Even if you do not suffer physical signs of abuse, you need to seek help right… Read More »

What are my Business Bankruptcy Options?

The recent economic downturn created financial challenges for many businesses. Even aggressively cutting expenses down to a minimum cannot make up for a shrinking customer list. And remaining customers may face their own financial challenges, leaving you with unpaid invoices and unable to pay your own bills. By seeking help from experienced Utah business attorneys… Read More »

Can a Minor Inherit My Property Through a Will in Utah?

Recognizing that minor children do not have sufficient maturity to make vital decisions regarding their daily lives or their property, Utah law requires the appointment of a custodian in the event a child loses both parents before reaching age 18. But while one individual may provide custodial care of one or more children, someone else… Read More »

How Does Utah Determine Child Support?

Utah law focuses on the best interests of the children when determining the support each parent must pay.  But child support depends on many issues – such as the financial circumstances of each parent, special needs of the children and custody arrangements set in the divorce decree. An experienced Salt Lake City lawyer can ensure… Read More »

Do I Need a Prenuptial (Premarital) Agreement?

Determining the need for a premarital agreement represents a highly personal decision for couples heading to the altar. When young couples plan a first marriage and have relatively few assets or other special circumstances, drafting such a contract prior to marriage can potentially create conflict. But if an imbalance of wealth exists prior to the… Read More »

Can I Get My Spousal Support Order Modified?

Under Utah divorce law, spousal support (alimony) is not a certainty for either spouse. But when either party can prove a financial need or other justification at the time of the divorce process, the court can issue an alimony award based on a number of guidelines. The law generally provides one chance to set alimony… Read More »


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