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December 27, 2011

Wireless Password: scale

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of December 26, 2011 is scale.

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December 22, 2011

New Financial Declaration Requirements

financial declaration.jpgThe new Utah Rule of Civil Procedure 26.1 requires each party in certain domestic actions to file a financial declaration using the court-approved forms. The rule applies to the following domestic actions: divorce; temporary separation; separate maintenance; parentage; custody; child support; and modification.

Note that a certificate of service is filed with the court, but normally the parties will not file the financial declaration and attachments with the court until the documents are needed. For example, the documents will be needed by the court before any pretrial conference or trial. They will also be needed if a party asks for a temporary order. For information about asking the court for a temporary order, go here.

Read more about the financial declaration, including required attachments, time for disclosure, and sanctions for failure to disclose required information here.

December 20, 2011

New Custody Evaluation Resources

IMG_4342.jpgIf you are working through a custody dispute due to a divorce or parentage action, you might want to request a custody evaluation. The Utah State Courts recently created a new resource page that discusses what happens at a custody evaluation, how to request and select a custody evaluator and a sample custody settlement conference report.

To request a custody evaluator, file a motion with the court. Motion forms are available online here.

Custody evaluations and evaluators are governed by Rule 4-903 of the Code of Judicial Administration.

December 19, 2011

Library Closed Dec. 26 and Jan. 2

winterutah.JPGThe Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed Monday, December 26, and Monday, January 2. The library and all Utah State Courts will return to regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Tuesday, December 27, and Tuesday, January 3.

Happy holidays!

Wireless Password: rocks

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of December 19, 2011 is rocks.

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December 14, 2011

Online Shopping Resources

present.jpgPlanning to buy holiday gifts online or through your smartphone this year? According to statistics available from the U.S. Census, online holiday shopping is becoming increasingly popular, with $30 billion in sales in 2009 alone.

Utah's Division of Consumer Protection recently released holiday online shopping tips, including the importance of researching the seller, keeping a paper trail of your online transactions, and making sure your antivirus software is up to date.

In addition to shopping safety tips, there are also tips from the Federal Trade Commission for finding the best deals online, including searching for product reviews and checking comparison shopping websites.

December 12, 2011

Wireless Password: quart

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of December 12, 2011 is quart.

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December 07, 2011

Wind Damage Resources

weather.JPGGovernor Herbert recently mobilized the Utah National Guard and other state agencies to assist residents and businesses in the clean up from the hurricane-like winds experienced in Davis County and to prepare for another possible storm. If your home or business experienced wind damage, there are a number of resources from Utah state agencies that you should know about.

The Utah Insurance Department has information on what to do if there is damage to your property, including documenting the damage, finding a reputable contractor to do repairs, and reporting a claim.

The Utah Department of Commerce reminds consumers to be aware of scams by fake contractors and companies preying on people whose property was damaged in the recent storm. Remember to always ask to see a copy of the contractor's license and get a written contract.

You should also check with your city and county for information on clean-up efforts. For example, Farmington has information about green waste clean-up here and Layton has provided information about fraud and clean-up efforts on their website.

Medicare Open Enrollment

IMG_1186.JPGIf you're a Utah resident enrolled in Medicare, you may want to be aware of the early Open Enrollment deadline, which is midnight tonight, December 7th. You can check your current enrollment plan and compare Medicare plans using the Plan Finder.

If you have questions about Medicare coverage or would like to learn more about health insurance programs that may be available to you, contact one of the agencies who participate in the Utah Medicare Outreach Coalition or visit the health insurance programs page at the Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services' website.

December 05, 2011

Wireless Password: parse

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of December 5, 2011 is needy.

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