Law Office of Kevin Jensen - January 2019

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January 2019 480.632.7373

Meet Ben Hutchinson! Our Musical and Motivated Attorney

D espite my father working for the Unita County Sheriff’s Department and my mentor being a local judge, I figured I was headed for a career in music, not law. I grew up in Evanston, Wyoming, and Judge Mealy and my father gave me an inside view of the legal system. Little did I know just how big their influence would be on me. Judge Mealy was a big jazz fan, and he would round up local high school musicians from the area and create a Dixieland jazz group. I loved playing in that group, and it fostered an appreciation for music in me. When I was in college at Utah State University, I eventually landed on music for my major, but out of pure interest, I took a few political science and sociology courses. I switched my major to law and constitution studies, and I eventually graduated from University of Arkansas Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. My time there taught me how to learn and focus on various perspectives, challenging me to think like a lawyer at a young age. The judge I had looked up to for so many years was a juvenile justice, and ironically, I, too, I was hooked.

found myself pulling toward family law. Luckily, I knew a guy.

of fear and anxiety, especially when you throw kids into the mix, but knowing that I have the expertise and resources to create some peace in their lives motivates me to continue. It’s never easy, but closure is possible. In the future, I’d love to delve more into estate planning. I’ve dabbled in it a bit, and in my experience with helping people prepare for lives after divorce, I know I can help people prepare for the future in other ways. When I’m not investing my time and energy into other people’s futures, I’m enjoying my time off with my wife and kiddos. As the parents of a newborn, we have little time for much else, but we do enjoy traveling to various states in the western U.S., visiting local fairs and doing various activities. Elena and I have been married since 2012, and since Rosie arrived in 2013, we’ve loved being parents. We’re excited to see what Calvin will bring to our family. As for my professional life, I’m glad I’ve found a career where I get to help people. I hope to never see you in the office, but if I do, I can guarantee that we will help you.

Kevin Jensen is actually my cousin, and he’s only a few years younger than my father. Being the oldest grandchild, he was always closer with some of the adults in my family. He and my dad were good friends, and I grew up calling him Uncle Kevin. During my time in law school, Kevin and I talked about the possibility of me joining him at the firm. Since then, I’ve had a great experience with Kevin and the team here at the office. Practicing family law is a strange mixture of emotional, stressful, and gratifying experiences. As a husband and father to two young kids, being a divorce attorney can be a bit of a conundrum, but this only makes me want to be a better husband. I’ve learned to designate family time and work time separately, giving me ample time to devote to my wife, Elena, and our two kids, 5-year-old Rosie and Calvin, our infant. As emotional and distressing as it can be, I’ve also seen how much this profession can help people. We are introduced to people who are going through one of the hardest things they will ever experience, and we can physically see the stress piling on their shoulders. There’s a lot

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Socially Secure Social Media Reminders for Parents

Social media has

and could even affect job interviews or future relationships. It’s still possible for you to foster a sense of privacy in the digital age, but it’s important to respect what your child deems private information. After all, it’s their future. Consider these rules before you share. 1. ASK YOUR CHILD’S PERMISSION. If they can speak, then they can speak for themselves. Children love to see photos of themselves, but they may also be aware of what they are and aren’t comfortable with, even at a young age. 2. LIMIT THE NUDITY. Everyone loves a beach day, but think twice before posting swimsuit or skinny-dipping pictures. Opt to post safer photos, like the family posing prior to fun in the sun. 3. CHECK YOUR SETTINGS. Your privacy settings may be exposing your family to more people than you know, and if you feel the need to share every minute of your child’s day her a leadership position over 220 missionaries from across the world. It was her job to help them with problem solving and training, and it sparked an interest in helping others. Emily offers a 10-step program that provides an outline to help her clients thrive after a divorce. These steps, and her empowering techniques, focus on moving forward without dwelling on the past. She also hosts her own podcast and YouTube channel, offers referrals to therapists, and serves as a resource for faith leaders to refer parishioners to. Despite the emotions that come with her services, Emily says her gratification comes from hearing how she has helped others. Recently, a client who was working through a stressful divorce where trust and infidelity were affecting her child called Emily to let her know that one of Emily’s podcasts had made a profound impact on her. This woman was too scared to listen at first, but when she listened, she began bawling. The information was exactly what this client needed to hear.

online, making these settings airtight will protect your children and their reputations.

been making the world smaller than ever.

The distance among cross-country relatives and friends shrinks with each post or Skype call. And instant updates from loved ones are particularly valuable during the holidays. That Christmas morning video call means Grandma and Grandpa get to see their grandkids in their new holiday outfits, but so can online predators. According to digital and safety experts, half of the photos filtered onto the darknet are stolen from parents’ social media accounts. If these predators are privy to your photos, they’re also able to snag your location and other sensitive information, putting you and your children at physical risk as well. On a less disturbing note, social media content is permanent. Even after you delete a post or a photo, it leaves a digital footprint that could follow your child throughout their education

Consider some of these safe alternatives to regular public posting: 1. TINYBEANS.COM is a secure photo-sharing website for parents of babies and young children. The digital photo album app allows you to share photos with only the people you choose. 2. CREATE A SEPARATE, SECURE GROUP ON FACEBOOK. Family, friends, or coworkers in closed groups can still fawn over their little ones in a personal, safe setting. Despite the dangers your digital life can elicit, you don’t have to avoid the digital world completely. Social media is still a great tool for families to stay connected, as long as you take precautions. Go ahead and brag about your kids online — just be safe and considerate of your child’s wishes. For the sake of her eldest daughter, Emily and her current husband now have a great relationship with her ex and his spouse. Emily and her husband have another daughter and two sons together, and they’re currently expecting a fourth child! As a family, she says they are “fearless goers,” who enjoy traveling, hosting parties, hiking, and being together. We’re proud to partner with Emily to offer our clients a holistic approach to their healing after a divorce. Clients of the Law Offices of Kevin Jensen who are interested in Emily’s services can receive 20 percent off their first three sessions. To learn more about Emily and her divorce coaching, email her at or visit her Facebook page.

After her divorce, Emily Sanchez couldn’t find the resources she needed. She wasn’t depressed, but she was unsure of how to manage the sadness she felt over the loss of her marriage and becoming a single mother to a 1-year-old baby girl. So, Emily took action. She enrolled in Robbins- Madanes training, and the lifelong pianist and musician is now a board-certified life coach with a specialty in helping others after a divorce. Emily’s first experience with coaching came from her missionary work in college. During her mission, she served as the assistant to the president, giving Meet Emily Sanchez Our Partnership With a Dedicated Divorce Coach


Navigating Grandparents’ Rights in Arizona

From time to time, we have someone come into the office asking about grandparents’ rights. Most of these cases involve grandparents who are not allowed to see or visit with their grandchildren, and for most people, fostering a great relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is a wonderful and rewarding part of life. In cases where parents are no longer together, that relationship can certainly be hindered. There are many reasons why this situation may arise. The most common reason is when one of the parents is absent and can no longer foster that relationship. For example, one of the parents passed away or becomes hopelessly addicted to drugs or alcohol. Arizona does recognize grandparents’ rights in certain circumstances, but it is not automatic. If you are in a situation where both parents are involved, fit to parent, and are choosing not to allow you to see your grandchildren, Arizona law respects the wishes of the parents. It is very difficult to obtain grandparents’ rights under that set of circumstances.

However, if you are in a situation where one of the parents is absent from the child’s life and the other parent is not allowing you to see your grandchildren, there is some hope. To establish grandparents’ rights, a grandparent must demonstrate at least one of the following factors:

• One of the legal parents is dead or has been missing for at least three months.

• The child was born out of wedlock, and the child’s legal parents are not married to each other at the time the petition is filed.

• The marriage of the parents has been dissolved for at least three months. This factor is specific to grandparent requests for visitation.

In all cases involving children, the court must always consider what is in the best interest of the child. It is very important to note that even if you can demonstrate the above factors, the court still must give special weight to the legal parents’ opinion of what serves the best interest of the child. Grandparent and grandchild relationships are among the most rewarding and important relationships that exist. Although obtaining grandparents’ rights is not always easy, there is hope for grandparents who want to fight for it. Find out how the Law Offices of Kevin Jensen can help you by calling 480.632.7373.

Peanut Butter and Berry French Toast



• 8 slices brioche, 1/2-inch thick • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter • 2 large eggs • 1/8 cup heavy cream • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

• 2 cups cornflakes • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter • 2 cups mixed berries • Powdered sugar, to sprinkle • Maple syrup, for serving

480.632.7373 5. Return sandwiches to baking sheet, add remaining butter, and repeat on other side. 6. Top sandwiches with berries, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve with maple syrup. 3 directions 1. On a large baking sheet lined with wax paper, place 4 slices of brioche and spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on each. Cover with remaining slices, creating sandwiches. 2. In a pie plate, beat eggs with cream and vanilla. In another, coarsely crush the cornflakes. 3. Lightly soak sandwiches in the egg mixture, then dredge in cornflakes, pressing to adhere. Return to baking sheet. 4. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Once melted and up to temperature, add sandwiches, cooking on one side until golden and crisp, about 2–3 minutes.


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3 of the World’s Greatest Winter Sport Destinations Who’s Ready for Some Powder?

The sound of the first carve through fresh powder is the anthem of all winter sports enthusiasts. Here are three of the world’s best places to experience that powder you’ve been craving all year.

and a town that captivates the senses. When you see the mountains of British Columbia, you’ll understand why they hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. The location’s beauty is only part of your stimulating experience, because every curve of fresh powder makes your pupils dilate. Once you’re done flying down the hill where Bode Miller took the bronze, head over to the winter wonderland of the old Olympic Village for a cozy night in a picturesque town. If you want a great location for next year’s Christmas card photo, there’s no better place than the Tyrolean Alps. Nestled in a valley between perfectly molded mountains, the Austrian landscape provides a beautiful backdrop for your winter excursions. The densely wooded areas and the bright reflection of the snow frame the vibrant town that’s just waiting to be explored. When you’re ready for world-class runs, hop in one of the 11 gondolas and zip down the hills that hosted the 2001 Alpine World Ski Championships. St. Anton, Austria

Breckenridge, Colorado

John Denver’s anthem “Rocky Mountain High” is about the freedom he felt here. Where there are great mountains, there’s even better snow. The ski resort boasts five peaks, 187 trails, 34 lifts, four terrain parks, and a renowned cross-country trail. After a day on the slopes, head into the town of Breckenridge for dining and activities that ditch the glitz and glamour of Vail or Aspen and take you straight to the heart of fun.

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

A destination that looks like a cross between a Nordic paradise and Olympic-level runs, Whistler is filled with true magic, winter activities,


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