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Divorcing parents must take divorce courses

In Utah, the courts take the needs of children whose parents are going through a divorce very seriously. In fact, if the divorce petitioner and respondent have children together who are under-aged, the parents are required to take divorce education classes that other divorcees may not have to attend.

The petitioning parent must provide notice of the course requirements to the other party. There is a fee for the courses, although fairly nominal.

When is law enforcement allowed to initiate search & seizure?

Search and seizure is a controversial practice, but it is also one of the most commonly employed by police. The term refers to an incident in which law enforcement searches a person or property under the pretense of investigating a suspected crime. Although this procedure is a necessity in many instances, it can also be abused or executed in a way that is unfair to its subject. According to KUTV, a Utah search and seizure case has made it all the way to the Supreme Court. It is not uncommon for legal disputes to follow such incidents, and it is essential to understand what parameters define the legality of a search and seizure. Following are a few examples.

Using a search warrant

If police actually have a search warrant, they are legally free to search the premises or persons specified in the warrant. A search warrant should be approved by a judge and should identify the exact location the search is authorized for as well as what items or evidence are being sought. To obtain such a warrant, police must present the case for the probable cause of a crime. 

How to lessen your criminal record in Utah

Although everyone makes mistakes, not all of them have far-reaching consequences as committing crime does. Unfortunately, one slip-up with the law can have a lasting detriment on all aspects of your life. While people like to say that you are not what you have done, it seems not to apply to those with a criminal history.

Fortunately, you have ways to lessen your criminal record and thus reduce the effects it has on your employment and housing options. It can also help you move on from your past to begin your second chance at life.

How drug courts help addicts and communities

If you are among the many Americans suffering from drug addiction, you may have firsthand knowledge about just how hard it can be to kick your habit once and for all. Statistically, without undergoing treatment and having someone or something hold you accountable for your actions, your chances of staying clean are relatively slim.

Drug courts, however, work to keep drug offenders like you not only out of the prison system, but off drugs, too. Though not yet available everywhere, drug courts require that you appear regularly before a court and undergo regular drug testing, and they generally involve some type of drug treatment as well. They also have positive, proven results that benefit not only you, but your surrounding community, too. For example, drug courts:

Social media mistakes men should avoid during divorce

Your wife will likely use anything she can in your divorce case to make things go in her favor. Therefore, you need to be very careful of what you do and say to avoid getting yourself into trouble. One area you need to be extra cautious with is social media.

You may want to use social media as a way to gain support or advice during this difficult time. However, even seemingly innocent posts and communication can work against you, so avoid these common mistakes.

Divorce mediation in Utah

Alternative dispute resolution approaches such as mediation continue to gain popularity as methods of negotiating legal issues in a structured environment outside the court setting. In the realm of family law, many use divorce mediation to resolve disputes about issues including spousal support, property division, custody and more.

Utah courts require divorcing couples to participate in mediation before proceeding to litigation. After filing an answer to the divorce complaint, the parties must complete at least one session.

The 4 types of abuse in domestic violence cases

Abuse is not limited to beatings and violence. Abuse comes in many forms. While you may know that your spouse has claimed that you're committing abuse against her, the fact is that you don't believe that's true. Here are four kinds of abuse that can take place in a home. It's possible to seek protection against these kinds of abuse, which could impact a person's parental rights.

1. Sexual abuse

4 ways paternity test results can be wrong

When a dispute arises regarding the identity of a child's father, a DNA test may seem like a simple and straightforward way to settle the matter. According to World Net Daily, though, between 14 and 30 percent of paternity claims are found to be fraudulent. It is easy enough to submit a lock of hair and wait for the results, but if the results contradict reality, you might be wondering what to do next. There are several reasons this might happen.

5 tips to help children of divorce transition between two homes

Divorce is painful for everyone in the family, but the first priority for parents is to help children get through it. One of the most immediate challenges is helping them adjust to living between two homes. They will likely think of one home as their primary residence, but you will also want them to feel comfortable and secure in the other household. While becoming accustomed to living in two places may be difficult for them at first, your love and understanding will calm their fears and anxiety. Here are five tips to help your children settle into this new chapter in their lives.

When can law enforcement use drug dogs for a search?

Police departments began using dogs in the 19th century for security and control, but it was not until the 1960s that dogs were used to detect illegal drugs. It is thought that Israel was the first country to do so, with France soon following. Military police used drug dogs during the Vietnam War to reduce drug smuggling into the United States. Today, it is common to see drug dogs being used in airports, schools and at traffic stops. Businesses are even using private companies that employ drug dogs and handlers to search employees' desks and lockers to find illegal substances.

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