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Understanding Different Divorce Filing Options

When a marriage ends, it can be an emotional, mental and physical strain on anyone, even if the divorce is agreed upon. What can make this process even more difficult is all the overwhelming amount of options when it comes to the different types of filing. What do these entire options mean and what is the best for your current situation?  Fault or No-Fault Divorce: All states now should offer a no-fault divorce filing option, prior in many places a spouse had to be at fault. In some cases some will still choose to have a fault divorce rather than…

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What Happens When Domestic Violence Victims Won’t Testify?

Several states have different laws pertaining to domestic violence. In a number of states, people are entitled to refuse testimony against their spouse in a court proceeding. Utah Code § 76-5-109.1 deems it is a crime for anyone to commit domestic violence in the presence of a child. Individuals arrested for domestic violence of any kind should contact an attorney immediately to discuss action. The individual whom the crime was committed against can legally refuse to testify, this right is called “spousal testimonial privilege.” The privilege is meant to promote peace and harmony within a marriage, removing a damaging testimony against…

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*Child Welfare Law Specialist Nat’l Assoc. of Counsel for Children