Helping spouses and parents deal with the legal side of breaking up
Every divorce is different. Divorces can range from fairly simple to very complex depending on the length of the marriage, the amount and nature of marital property or the presence of minor children. But even divorces on the simpler end of the spectrum tend to raise several issues the parties must settle — either through a negotiated settlement or a litigated divorce decree. Regardless of your individual circumstances, having representation from a Salt Lake City divorce attorney can help ensure you address all the necessary issues and comply with court procedures to resolve your divorce in a timely manner. And in more contentious divorce cases, an experienced attorney from Intermountain Legal can be a strong advocate for your rights in both negotiation and court.
Aspects of a Utah divorce proceeding
In most cases, divorce attorneys in Salt Lake City must address numerous issues during the divorce process. These issues can continue to reappear periodically, even after the court enters its final decree. Intermountain Legal and our family law attorneys fully understand the many facets of divorce and can provide experienced counsel throughout the process of each, including:
- Contested divorce — In a contested divorce, the parties do not agree on one or more aspects of their divorce settlement, such as child custody, child support, alimony or the division of marital property. Those elements may be settled in negotiations, mediation or family court litigation.
- Uncontested divorce — In an uncontested divorce, the parties believe they can reach a settlement through negotiations, and so engage attorneys to assist in producing a comprehensive document outlining the terms of their divorce. When both parties are satisfied with the agreement, they sign it and present it to the court for approval.
- Paternity — Establishing or contesting paternity can affect issues such as visitation and child support and may also raise grounds for divorce in some contested cases.
- Divorce decree modification — In a divorce decree modification, some provisions such as those governing alimony may be modified if a substantial change in circumstances occurs.
- Custody modification — Custody modification allows even permanent custody orders to change when there is a change in circumstances or with the agreement of the parents.
- Child support enforcement — A child support order is not worth much if not diligently enforced. Divorce lawyers can help obligees assert their rights and can defend obligors during child support enforcement proceedings.
- Child support modification — As the positions of each spouse and the needs of the child change, a child support obligation may be increased, decreased or discontinued. Divorce lawyers ensure their clients receive fair treatment during the child support modification process.
- Alimony — Alimony is frequently a contentious aspect of divorce proceedings. A divorce lawyer can negotiate or advocate on your behalf for a favorable alimony determination.
- Visitation — A workable visitation schedule is an important way for a noncustodial parent to maintain a relationship with his or her child after a divorce or separation. In some situations, however, custodial parents may resist and litigation may be necessary.
Call the firm for a consultation regarding divorce and custody issues
Divorce is a complex and multifaceted process. But Intermountain Legal has the practical experience and legal knowledge to guide you through from start to finish. Call our office today at 801-990-4200 or contact us online to schedule a 30-minute attorney consultation for the flat fee of $50 to discuss your family law matter.
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