Originally from Southeast Idaho (more or less), I am now living in Northern Utah (though lots of days wishing I were living in Wyoming. . .).  I am a licensed attorney in the state of Utah, though my private practice is limited to family law consulting, uncontested divorces, uncontested adoptions, and basic estate planning.

There are a few purposes for this blog:

First–to help you learn a little about the law, sometimes as I learn it.  You can learn from my (sometimes bad) choices and my (not so fun) experiences.  The best part about about being a lawyer is helping people.  I’m hoping this blog will help some people avoid making the mistakes I have made.

Second–I am desperately hoping and praying that I can bring some civility back to family law.  I’m afraid that when we are dealing with broken hearts and broken families, we become vicious and irrational.  We end up hurting each other and our kids so much more than is really necessary.  Face it–there will be some hurt.  Your lives will never be the same again.  That does not mean they cannot be livable, or even better.  I pray that I can help people find that Livable, Better place, that does not come from trying to destroy another or control them out of pain and fear.  We are all too good for that.

Third–My life did not go the way I thought it was going to when I was a kid in high school/college/etc… I’ve learned, and continue to learn, a lot of things about myself, what I’m passionate about, what I’m NOT, who I am, and how to deal with my own personal issues that have arisen as a result of this life I’ve been living in for a couple of decades or so.  I know I’m not the only one.  Hopefully I can touch on things that you understand, too.

NOTE:  I am only licensed to practice law in Utah, NOT  in either Idaho or Wyoming.  I simply have a love for those places and those people, and am choosing to list legal resource links as an informational aid for folks living in Idaho and Wyoming.

  1. August 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    This is the right blog for anyone who wants to find out about this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!


  2. Simon So
    December 26, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Just wondering what your thoughts on the gay marriage ruling. Have you read the opinion yet?


    • December 26, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      I haven’t read the ruling yet. I know I personally think that the government should get out of the marriage business as an impermissible mixing of church and state, and disallowing a segment of the population to enter into a marriage, because of the legal ramifications, amounts to a violation of the 14th amendment’s equal protection clause.


  3. Simon So
    December 27, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Personally I think marriage is a violation on the separation of church and state doctrine and therefore all marriage is invalid. The State can only give out civil union certificate and if the couple wants their union being called a marriage, they need to get the church to certify it.


    • December 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      That works too. I’m right there with you on this. I think that would solve all of the issues that are wrapped up in this.


  4. Simon So
    December 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Apparently there was one benefit of issuing marriage license to the gay couples. The county rake in $49,000 in three days for granting marriage license. (Newspaper did not say which county!)


    • December 27, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      And now they have rights when their marriages break up and they get divorced, too… Yippee :/. I heard of a lawyer in New York saying that he supports gay marriage because that means he’ll have more divorce business. Lawyers can be quite a jaded bunch.


  5. Simon So
    December 27, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    LOL! He is right! I wouldn’t call it jaded, I would called it great business sense! LOL! I wonder what happen if a gay couple who got married in another state is seeking a divorce right now, technically speaking, Utah court has to accept filing for divorce.


  6. Simon So
    January 7, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Got a notice from the family law section stating they are having a CLE on the same-sex marriage ruling in Utah. Are you planning to go? It is in downtown Salt Lake.


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