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

ADOPTION LAWYER IN SALT LAKE CITY

Helping New Families Legally Establish Themselves

Adoption allows new families to grow and blended families to become closer. But the legal process involved can be complicated without proper guidance from a Salt Lake City adoption lawyer. At Intermountain Legal, our dedicated staff helps you consider your goals to determine if adoption is indeed necessary and then guides you through the process.

Utah Adoption Process

Adoption establishes a parent-child relationship between individuals who are not naturally related. In many cases, the process requires a natural parent to relinquish his or her right to the child being adopted, which is why legal adoption requires a court proceeding and adherence to strict procedures. Adoption attorneys in Salt Lake City must ensure that several parties receive notification of your intent to adopt, including the child’s natural parents, any current guardian or custodian and any other person standing in loco parentis — serving a role similar to a parent in place of a parent.

In many cases, including the adoption of a minor stepchild, the noncustodial parent must consent to the adoption. If the noncustodial parent refuses to consent, a trial may be necessary. If a trial occurs, a Salt Lake City adoption attorney must establish grounds for the termination of the noncustodial parent’s rights.

Grounds for termination include the following:

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Unfitness
  • Incompetence

Moreover, a father who was not married to the mother of the child being considered for adoption may not have to consent if he did not establish a substantial relationship with the child.

Adoption attorneys in Salt Lake City usually make every effort to avoid a trial in adoption proceedings. And as is often the case in family law in Salt Lake City, a willingness to negotiate and discuss the issues can usually bring about consent from even an initially reluctant noncustodial parent. As knowledgeable attorneys, we at Intermountain Legal fully understand the issues that can occur during adoption proceedings and know how to avoid them. While we try to avoid litigation in adoption cases — and usually succeed in doing that —, we are prepared to go to trial when necessary.

Call the Firm for a Consultation About Adoption

Through our comprehensive family law practice, Intermountain Legal has helped people throughout Utah successfully navigate the adoption process. Our clients have included blended families adopting minor stepchildren as well as couples seeking to adopt unrelated children. Call our office today at 801-970-2800 or contact us online to schedule a 30-minute attorney consultation for the flat fee of $125 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 the counties of Davis, Salt Lake, Weber, Utah, Tooele and Summit.


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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.

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.

JACKIE REIDELBERGER

Jackie is a skilled trial attorney and negotiator who specializes in criminal defense. Her work ethic and genuine concern for her clients has given her a reputation for outworking and out-preparing opposing attorneys so she can negotiate from a position of strength and fight the cases that need to be fought. Because she cares about her clients, she considers each client’s specific needs and concerns in order to reach the best possible outcome in their case. For more on Jackie's experience click here.

HAYLI DICKEY

Hayli is a skilled attorney who specializes exclusively in family law. She is known as a “spitfire” attorney but with a personable personality. Because of her excellent reputation and track record of success in Utah courts, she was heavily recruited by multiple law firms. She joined Intermountain Legal because of the firm’s dedication to giving personal attention to each client and to providing excellent legal representation in every case. For more on Hayli'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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
JACKIE REIDELBERGER

Jackie is a skilled trial attorney and negotiator who specializes in criminal defense. Her work ethic and genuine concern for her clients has given her a reputation for outworking and out-preparing opposing attorneys so she can negotiate from a position of strength and fight the cases that need to be fought. Because she cares about her clients, she considers each client’s specific needs and concerns in order to reach the best possible outcome in their case. For more on Jackie's experience click here.

 
HAYLI DICKEY

Hayli is a skilled attorney who specializes exclusively in family law. She is known as a “spitfire” attorney but with a personable personality. Because of her excellent reputation and track record of success in Utah courts, she was heavily recruited by multiple law firms. She joined Intermountain Legal because of the firm’s dedication to giving personal attention to each client and to providing excellent legal representation in every case. For more on Hayli's experience click here.