THE RIGHT ATTORNEY MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE


DIVORCE ATTORNEY SALT LAKE CITY, UT

THE RIGHT ATTORNEY MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE


DIVORCE ATTORNEY SALT LAKE CITY, UT

SALT LAKE CITY CHILD SUPPORT MODIFICATION ATTORNEY

When Child Support Needs to Be Changed

Utah child support laws recognize that both parents have an obligation to provide monetary support for their children. The amount depends on several factors, including the incomes of both parents, the relative custody time of each parent and the needs of the child. These situations change over time, requiring the parties to appropriately modify any existing support order. But there are strict procedures for obtaining a modification to child support. Moreover, filing for a modification too early may limit your right to seek one in the future. A compassionate and experienced Salt Lake City child support modification attorney from Intermountain Legal can help you take stock of your situation, determine the best course of action and navigate the complex procedures involved.

When and How to Modify a Child Support Order in Utah

Utah courts usually set child support obligations according to established child support guidelines. While a Salt Lake City divorce lawyer can argue for a departure under some circumstances, these guidelines are presumed to be controlling during initial support proceedings as well as modifications. A court will usually permit a modification only if the existing award has moved well outside of the guidelines — at least a 10 percent disparity. Moreover, it is much easier to modify an award that has been in place for three years or more. Modifying a more recent award requires a much greater change in circumstances. For this reason, requesting modification too early can lock a parent into a support framework that falls outside of the guidelines. Therefore, the first job of a child support modification lawyer in Salt Lake City is to determine the most advantageous time to seek a modification.

There are different procedures through which a parent can seek a modification, and the correct procedure depends on the surrounding circumstances. When bringing an older award into compliance with the current guidelines, a Salt Lake City child support modification lawyer may file a motion with the appropriate court. But when seeking to modify a more recent award or requesting support amounts that fall outside of the guidelines, a more complex petition procedure becomes necessary. Using the wrong procedure can seriously delay processing and adjudication, forcing the petitioning parent to go without crucial additional support in the meantime.

Call the Firm for a Consultation About Alimony and Support Issues

If you are struggling to make ends meet within your current child support framework, seeking modification may be in your best interest. But filing too early or using the wrong procedure can seriously affect your rights. Our knowledgeable team at Intermountain Legal can help you avoid these problems and provide support and guidance throughout the process. Call our office today at 801-970-2800 or contact us online to schedule a 30-minute attorney consultation for the flat fee of $75 to discuss your family law matter.

Our Other Services

Intermountain Legal is located in Salt Lake City, UT and serves clients throughout all of Northern and Central Utah including Salt Lake City, Midvale, Sandy, West Jordan, North Salt Lake, Bountiful, South Jordan, Clearfield, Woods Cross, Draper, Farmington, Centerville, Layton, Ogden, Lehi, Provo, Orem, Park City and Davis, Salt Lake, Weber, Utah, Tooele and Summit counties.


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STEVEN K. BURTON

As a former prosecutor Steven gained an intimate knowledge of various Domestic Violence Courts, DUI courts and other criminal court programs and procedures. He has spent over 3,500 hours in court and has argued more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. For more on Steve's experience, click here.

JUSTIN PRATT

Attorney Justin S. Pratt handles all types of criminal cases, with an emphasis on DUI-related charges. He believes that someone who is charged with a crime deserves the specialized attention of an attorney who will protect his client's rights by taking the time to examine constitutional issues, important factual circumstances, and any other crucial factors that may be relevant to the case. For more on Justin's experience, click here.

STACI VISSER

Staci has represented clients in nearly every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. She has an excellent reputation with her clients and they have repeatedly recommended her to their friends and family. She also practices criminal appeals and family law. For more on Staci's experience, click here.

MARK LAROCCO

Mark is skilled at dealing with all aspects of family law, including helping clients obtain modifications, enforce court orders, and achieve fair custody and support awards. Going through a painful divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, and Mark is there to help every step of the way. For more on Mark's experience, click here.

MATTHEW BELL

Matthew's reputation as an attorney is one who thoroughly understands the law and diligently advocates to advance his client's interests. His practice primarily focuses on representing clients in family law matters. He has assisted hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, and termination of parental rights cases. For more on Matthew's experience click here.

ELLY HENDRIKSEN

Elly is a skilled attorney who specializes in divorce and criminal law. Spending the majority of her career in the courtroom, Elly understands how to effectively advocate for her clients who find themselves in the toughest of situations. Elly has successfully guided clients through trials and difficult hearings in front of judges and commissioners, and has expertly negotiated cases through hundreds of hours of mediation. For more on Elly's experience click here.

STEVEN K. BURTON

As a former prosecutor Steven gained an intimate knowledge of various Domestic Violence Courts, DUI courts and other criminal court programs and procedures. He has spent over 3,500 hours in court and has argued more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. For more on Steve's experience, click here.

 
JUSTIN PRATT

Attorney Justin S. Pratt handles all types of criminal cases, with an emphasis on DUI-related charges. He believes that someone who is charged with a crime deserves the specialized attention of an attorney who will protect his client's rights by taking the time to examine constitutional issues, important factual circumstances, and any other crucial factors that may be relevant to the case. For more on Justin's experience, click here.

 
STACI VISSER

Staci has represented clients in nearly every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. She has an excellent reputation with her clients and they have repeatedly recommended her to their friends and family. She also practices criminal appeals and family law. For more on Staci's experience, click here.

 
MARK LAROCCO

Mark is skilled at dealing with all aspects of family law, including helping clients obtain modifications, enforce court orders, and achieve fair custody and support awards. Going through a painful divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, and Mark is there to help every step of the way. For more on Mark's experience, click here.

 
MATTHEW BELL

Matthew's reputation as an attorney is one who thoroughly understands the law and diligently advocates to advance his client's interests. His practice primarily focuses on representing clients in family law matters. He has assisted hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, and termination of parental rights cases. For more on Matthew's experience click here.

 
ELLY HENDRIKSEN

Elly is a skilled attorney who specializes in divorce and criminal law. Spending the majority of her career in the courtroom, Elly understands how to effectively advocate for her clients who find themselves in the toughest of situations. Elly has successfully guided clients through trials and difficult hearings in front of judges and commissioners, and has expertly negotiated cases through hundreds of hours of mediation. For more on Elly's experience click here.