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

CONTESTED DIVORCE ATTORNEY IN SALT LAKE CITY

Helping Clients Through the Stress of a Difficult Separation

Utah is a no-fault state, so petitioners for a divorce do not have to establish any grounds for dissolving their marriage. One spouse’s determination that the marriage cannot be saved is completely sufficient to end it. Divorces become “contested” when the spouses cannot agree on the terms for their marital dissolution and seek the courts help in deciding issues such as child custody, child support, alimony and the division of property. Contested divorces are adversarial proceedings, so each spouse should retains his or her own attorney. Costs can quickly escalate in a contested divorce, so parties must make sure their attorneys are honestly concerned with their needs, and not just happy to run up legal fees. Our team at Intermountain Legal has handled divorce proceedings ranging from simple and cooperative to complex and contentious. While we are prepared to litigate contentious issues whenever necessary, we strive to resolve your divorce in the most expedient and beneficial manner possible.

The Contested Divorce Process in Utah

When your spouse serves you with divorce papers, you have 20 days to file an answer or face default. It’s important to retain an attorney as quickly as possible to provide enough lead-time to compose a meaningful answer that addresses your concerns. Your answer may even contain counterclaims on points with which you take issue. You may include a proposed order for temporary child custody and support. If the court accepts, that proposed order (or any modification the court comes up with) goes into effect immediately. Next begins the process of discovery, during which each side demands answers from the other on a variety of issues from parenting to financial disclosures, to create a sworn record they can present as evidence to the court. Each party must undergo a series of evaluations to judge custodial, medical, psychological, and occupational fitness. By law, the couple must partake in mediation to try to resolve their divorce issues before the court will schedule a trial. After mandatory mediation, if the couple still has not agreed on the terms of their divorce, the case receives a certificate of readiness for trial. The couple attends a pre-trial settlement conference with a commissioner, and if they still don’t reach agreement, they meet at another pre-trial settlement conference with a judge. Whatever issues the couple has not settled at that point are held over for trial.

Understanding Counsel Giving Straight-Forward Advice

At Intermountain Legal, our Salt Lake City attorneys are fully acquainted with the contested divorce process. We stand with you every step of the way, as we strive to resolve your divorce with minimal delay, expense and emotional impact. We fully appreciate that litigation is sometimes necessary and we’re ready to help you through the most contentious proceedings. We can even assist you in the future when warranted as Salt Lake City divorce decree modification lawyers.

Call the Firm for a Consultation With a Contested Divorce Attorney

A contested divorce attorney from Intermountain Legal provides support and advice throughout the divorce 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.