Salt Lake City Family Law Attorneys Help with Resolving Family Issues
Offering litigation and alternative dispute resolution to all Utah residents
Adoptions, divorce, paternity issues, domestic abuse – the family law attorneys at Huntsman | Lofgran stand ready to help you and family members work through these and other important family legal matters. We understand how these issues can escalate into fiercely emotional exchanges or devolve into a brooding silence that can persist for years. Neither extreme is healthy, for adult or child, so we urge all parties to consider resolving their differences through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes — such as mediation or collaborate law — before running into court.
ADR processes not only can help minimize emotional scarring, but they can also foster team parenting and help maintain lines of communication. That’s very important as you will need to interact with your counterparty in the future. Should your matter wind up in court, you should know these processes are still available to you whenever you and your counterparty are ready.
Counsel and representation in key family law matters
Much of our work tends to be in divorce and divorce-related issues in and around the Salt Lake City area. Divorce is perhaps the most contentious of family law areas because it comprises so many crucial family matters, including child custody and how the child will be reared, spousal support and the division or property. We help you decide whether legal separation is a desirable alternative to divorce or whether an uncontested divorce is feasible. We help clients and provide counsel regarding:
- Divorce mediation— If any part of a divorce filing is contested, Utah law requires the participants to participate in at least one session of mediation in which they attempt to resolve the issue or issues in dispute. Hunstman, Lofgran & Fuller professionals, can counsel you during the mediation process and place you with an objective third-party mediator.
- Child custody — Utah law regarding child custody can get complicated. If you and your spouse cannot agree on who gets custody when, we present your parenting record, current financial circumstances, parental rights and custody arguments to the court, which then decides how physical custody and legal custody will be awarded between you both.
- Child support — There are tables that judges follow in awarding child support, but child support can be adjusted based upon joint physical custody or a property settlement.
- Spousal support — As with child support, the courts follow a formula in determining if and how much alimony will be provided and for how long. In Utah, the duration of spousal support payments may not exceed the duration of the marriage, unless there are mitigating circumstances.
- Property division — Generally, Utah law recognizes property acquired during the marriage as marital property that must be distributed equitably between both parties. That’s “equitable,” which is not the same as “equal.” While a long-term marriage may merit a 50-50 split of assets, the court may decide upon a different split that reflects each spouse’s respective economic position.
- Parenting plan — If you and your spouse agree to any form of joint legal child custody or joint physical child custody, a parenting plan must be filed with the court. The plan not only outlines how important decisions such as the child’s secular and religious schooling will be made, but includes a schedule of where the child will sleep on certain days of the year and how parental relocation will be handled.
- Divorce-decree modification and enforcement — We help you petition the court for changes to court-issued spousal support, child support, child custody and child visitation orders. We also help you petition for court-ordered enforcement of existing orders.
Other family law matters
While much of what we do is divorce-related, we handle the full range of family law issues, including adoptions, paternity matters, and domestic abuse. We help victims of domestic violence and abuse obtain protective orders as well as petition the court for enforcement of those orders.
Help yourself — and family members — resolve protracted battles and move forward
When you are looking for a Salt Lake City law firm that understands family dynamics and Utah family law, look to Huntsman | Lofgran. We provide compassionate and objective counsel and take your rights and best interests to heart. Call us at 801-838-8900 or contact us online today to schedule an appointment.