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MELVIN COOK

Attorney Melvin A Cook is a skilled lawyer, qualified business expert, and a deeply personal advocate for Utah families suffering through separation and divorce.

The Effect of a Second Adoption on Childhood Disability Benefits - Melvin. A person may qualify for childhood disability benefits based on the work record of a parent who is receiving social security retirement benefits.

The Effect of a Second Adoption on Childhood Disability Benefits - Melvin

However, if an adopted child is receiving benefits based on the work record of an adoptive parent, and the adoption is later annulled, then the childhood disability benefits will terminate. However, if an adopted child is receiving benefits based on the work record of an adoptive parent, and the adoption is later annulled, then the childhood disability benefits will terminate. This is because an annulment has the same legal effect as if the adoption had never taken place to begin with. Social Security will look to state law to determine whether an adoption has been annulled. 10 Reasons People Get Divorced. Rapid Romance In a nutshell, when people act on the “love at first sight” impulse and get caught up in a rapid romance, they feel as if their love is forever.

10 Reasons People Get Divorced

Many instances like this occur based off of looks, or when two people happen to be in close quarters together for a certain time period (eg, camping or weekend ski trip with friends). While having fun and being totally relaxed, you may have an instant physical attraction to someone. That attraction may blur your judgment and try to pass itself off as love. Salt Lake City No-Fault Divorce Attorney. In 1969, California broke new ground by allowing no-fault divorces.

Salt Lake City No-Fault Divorce Attorney

In 2010, New York became the last of the 50 states to allow them. Build Healthy Relationship with the Advice of Paternity Attorney Salt Lake City. Utah has a national reputation for being a place with very limited paternity rights.

Build Healthy Relationship with the Advice of Paternity Attorney Salt Lake City

Until recently, a wife could even put a child up for adoption without giving notice to the husband. While the state legislature is just now becoming aware of this inequity, I have been fighting for fathers’ rights my entire career. An Individualized Determination in Childhood Disability Claims - Melvin. The former regulatory approach to childhood disability cases provided that children needed to meet or equal one of the “listed” impairments promulgated by the Commissioner of Social Security (formerly the Secretary of Health and Human Services) in order to qualify for benefits.

An Individualized Determination in Childhood Disability Claims - Melvin

The “listings” for adult impairments are a defined set of medical criteria for each body system that are conclusively presumed to qualify a person for disability benefits. Under Social Security’s five-step sequential evaluation process for adult disability, the listings come into play at step three. Salt Lake City Alimony Lawyer. Utah courts award alimony if one spouse earns less than the other.

Salt Lake City Alimony Lawyer

That rule seems simple enough, but setting both the amount and length of alimony payments can be very complicated. Alimony’s purpose is to equalize the standard of living of the former spouses and to ensure each party enjoys the same quality of lifestyle during the marriage. Many times, there simply is not enough money to go around. Lawyers and judges must do the best they can with what they have. Joint Custody and Child Support - Melvin. Unfortunately, for some, marriages don’t work out.

Joint Custody and Child Support - Melvin

When that happens it’s emotional enough. But when there are children involved, emotions can run even higher, and in some cases become volatile. Both parents want to spend as much time with their children as possible but just can’t get along with each other. Not to mention they want to make sure their children are taken care of. For that reason, many families end up in seeking an attorney who specializes joint custody cases in Utah.

Not Paying Child Support Can Land You in Jail - Melvin. When a judge tells you to pay child support, it is considered an order by the court.

Not Paying Child Support Can Land You in Jail - Melvin

Failing to do so is known as being in contempt of court. If you are late or refuse to pay child support, the other parent can ask for a hearing and request the judge hold you in contempt of court. You will receive a document ordering you to be at the hearing, and there you may explain why you have not made your payments. If you do not show up, a warrant for your arrest may be issued. Salt Lake City Social Security Disability Attorney. Child Custody Attorney Salt Lake City. Children are by far the most important asset in any marriage.

Child Custody Attorney Salt Lake City

Studies consistently show that children fare much better when they have consistent contact with both parents, provided they can each maintain a loving, supportive environment. Utah law recognizes this principle and encourages joint custody if at all possible. I understand that divorce is hard, and I try to make it a little easier for you. My name is Melvin A. Cook and I am a Salt Lake City child custody attorney. Child custody laws apply to both biological and adopted children. Joint custody — Unless the parents live far apart, domestic violence is an issue, a child has special needs or some other extenuating factor exists, the judge considers joint custody to be in the children’s best interests.

What is Paternity? - Melvin. When you hear the word “paternity” you most likely think of three-ring circus episode of Maury Povich where the mother is “accusing” different men of being the “baby daddy.”

What is Paternity? - Melvin

The results come out, Maury opens the envelope and once again reads the verdict – “In the case of little Samantha, tests shows that Dominic is 99.99 percent … NOT the father!” The accused man then high-fives the audience while Lisa runs backstage crying in disbelief; “I was sure he was the father.” But not every paternity case is this dramatic or entertaining. Paternity is defined as the legal establishment of a child’s father. Writing someone’s name on the birth certificate doesn’t make them the father. Salt Lake City Child Support Attorney. If you are taking care of children, the other spouse nearly always pays child support. Setting the amount is generally a matter of applying a formula, although there are some deviations in some circumstances. Collecting and enforcing child support in Salt Lake City can be an entirely different matter.

As financial and family situations change, the child support award may have to change as well. Reduction of Social Security Disability Benefits Due to Receipt of State Disability Benefits - Melvin. A disability claimant from Colorado was found to be disabled as of August 20th, 1984. However, because he was also receiving state disability benefits from the Colorado Public Employee Retirement Association, his federal disability payments were reduced to zero. He appealed.