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Salt Lake City Family Law and Divorce Lawyers Represent Your Interests in Family Disputes

Providing personal representation for personal matters in Salt Lake City

Divorce and parenting disputes are hard enough emotionally without trying to handle your own case, too. Do-it-yourself divorces that you find online may seem cheap or sound easy, but the complexities of divorce make it important to have a lawyer who knows the process and can fight for your interests. At Smart, Schofield, Shorter we have extensive trial experience in contested divorce. We will ensure that your rights and your interests are protected.

Issues in family law

The issues in family law cases extend much further than just who gets what in a divorce. Our experienced divorce lawyers make sure your interests are represented during the entire process, including:

  • Divorce — We handle mediation, division of assets, and contested and uncontested divorces.
  • Paternity — We can help you solve paternity problems and establish support and visitation schedules.
  • Spousal support/alimony –We help our clients get well-deserved spousal support from their ex-spouses.
  • Child support –We help get you the child support you deserve.
  • Child custody and parenting time –We can help you work out a child custody and parenting time arrangement that benefits your family in a variety of situations.
  • Parent-time visitation schedule –We can help parents and grandparents get quality visitation with their children in a variety of custody situations.
  • Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) and Child Protective Services (CPS)–We can help parents involved in DCFS/CPS cases, and we have experience dealing with judges in both the juvenile and district courts.
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)—We help provide the documentation necessary to split your retirement benefits in accordance with your Divorce Decree.
  • Adoption–We assist clients with baby, adult, stepchild and international adoptions.

Paternity Actions and parental rights for unmarried fathers in Utah

If an unmarried father in Utah wants to assert his parental rights with his child, he must initiate a paternity action, referred to as “paternity establishment,” which allows him to claim the rights and responsibilities of fatherhood for his child. Unmarried fathers who are concerned that their child might be given up for adoption without their consent, or that they might lose the ability to have a presence in their child’s life should complete Utah’s equivalent of a putative father’s registry called a “Notice of commencement of paternity proceeding” form, which can be downloaded from the Utah department of Health’s website. There is no fee to file the form, but it must be notarized.

Once paternity is established, the court will then determine child support payments and decide on parenting time arrangements between the co-parents of the child.

A family law firm familiar with the family court system and all the options available to your family can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case, and the happiness of your family’s life moving forward.

Call a Salt Lake City, Ogden or Provo family law firm with experience in divorce and family matters

We help clients move on with their lives and make the best of difficult situations. Divorce and custody agreements don’t have to be messy. We can provide valuable information about your options and work with your ex-spouse’s attorney to create the best possible outcome for your family. Don’t go it alone. Call Smart, Schofield, Shorter today at 801-747-0647 or contact us online for a free consultation about your family law matter before you do anything else.

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