Sorensen v. Sorensen
In Sorensen v. Sorensen, 839 P.2d 774, 776 (Utah 1992), the Utah Supreme Court recognized that a professional degree and personal goodwill could not be treated differently in a divorce action.
Sorensen addressed the issue as follows:
"The reputation of a sole practitioner is personal, as is a professional degree. Both enhance the professional's earning capacity. The combination of the degree and the practitioner's reputation enables him or her to earn in many cases a substantial income, the fruits of which are shared by the children in the form of child support and by the former spouse in the form of alimony." (Sorensen, 839 P.2d at 776.)