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Family Law

Understanding Divorce

At JLJ Law Group, we understand how difficult and stressful it can be to go through a separation, divorce, or custody battle. Let our experienced lawyers assist you through this process to ensure that your rights are protected, using creative approaches and flexibility to meet your diverse needs. While we always strive to resolve your divorce-related legal matter amicably, we are not afraid to be aggressive to protect your rights.

The divorce process in Utah starts when one party files a divorce petition in court. Then, temporary orders can be issued to address the immediate needs of parties involved while the case is pending. These may include orders for child support, property division or child custody.

Next, parties generally must engage in mandatory mediation in an effort to come to an agreement on the final divorce settlement outside of court. If parties cannot agree, the case is presented in front of a judge who will make a determination. Once the case is settled, either party can pursue an appeal if it is believed there is cause to do so.

Turn to our family law attorneys at JLJ Law Groupif you have questions about:

  • Divorce
  • Prenuptial agreement
  • Property division
  • Temporary separation
  • Child visitation
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Spousal support/alimony
  • Palimony
  • Paternity
  • Domestic mediation
  • Special maintenance
  • Debt resolution/bankruptcy and divorce
  • Enforcement of prior divorce decrees
  • Enforcement of prior child support orders

If you’ve already started the divorce process, but need further assistance on the more complex matters that have arisen in your case, our attorneys can assist you in that process through our “Limited Representation” program. We offer “a la carte” representation to meet your specific and unique needs in one or more areas.

Child Custody

The goal of Utah family courts regarding child custody matters is to make arrangements that keep the best interests of each child involved in mind. There are several factors considered by the courts when determining child custody arrangement:

  • The age of the child
  • The health of the child
  • The child’s relationship with each parent
  • The ability of each parent to provide care for the child
  • The mental and emotional health of each

JLJ Law Group can represent you during child custody proceedings, protecting your parental rights and working to preserve your relationship with your child.

Child Custody Modifications

We also assist with modifications of child custody. If your current arrangement is not benefiting the child involved, or if you have experienced a significant change in circumstances that make it impossible to meet your current legal obligations, talk to a lawyer from our law firm.

Decisions about child support will need to made when a divorcing couple has children. The goal of Utah courts in child support matters, is to ensure that the financial needs of the child are provided for. Each parent has legal responsibility to provide financial support to his or her child.

At the JLJ Law Group, we represent clients in child support matters, including initial determinations as well as modifications. We can help as well if you are seeking hlep with the enforcement of a child support decree. Contact a Salt Lake City child support lawyer to learn more.

Child Support Determinations

In Utah, the amount of child support to be paid is determined using a strict formula that considers each parent’s income, earning capacity, financial needs of the child, and other factors. Child support will need to be determined if parents are divorcing or in cases where parents are unmarried. Our law firm can assist in either situation, making sure that the financial needs of the child are met.

Child Support Modifications

If either parent has experienced a significant change in financial circumstances, it may be necessary to modify the child support decree. Circumstances in which it may be necessary to modify child support include:

  • Job loss
  • Change in the financial needs of the child (for education costs, for example)

Child Support Enforcement Attorneys in Utah

After a divorce, alimony, property division, child support, and child custody orders may be issued. Both parties are expected to abide by the terms laid out in the contract once an order has been issued by the family law court. If one party fails to fulfill the obligations of the decree, he or she may be held in contempt of court.

At JLJ Law Group, we can help you determine your legal options if your ex-spouse is failing to follow the judge’s orders. Please contact one of our dedicated and professional child support enforcement lawyers in Utah to learn more about how we can help.

Alimony 

Alimony (also known as spousal support and spousal maintenance) is intended to provide the less-moneyed spouse with enough income to sustain the standard of living established during the marriage. The process of determining the amount of alimony to be paid is complex, so it is important to work with an experienced attorney in these matters.Whether you are seeking alimony, or if you are expected to pay, ensure your rights and financial interests are protected by a lawyer from JLJ Law Group.

How Alimony Is Calculated

In Utah, there is no strict formula that determines if and how much alimony will be paid after divorce. Rather, Utah family courts may consider a number of factors:

  • The earning capacity of the less-moneyed spouse
  • The ability of the paying spouse to make alimony payments
  • The length of the marriage (in general, the longer the marriage, the larger the alimony award)
  • The financial needs of the recipient spouse
  • The child custody arrangement
  • The standard of living established during marriage

Our firm’s lawyers can make sure that your financial interests are being considered during the process of determining alimony. We can also assist with modifications of spousal support. If your financial circumstances have changed significantly, or if those of your ex-spouse have, we can help you determine if pursuing a modification is a viable legal option.

Enforcing a Divorce Decree: Understanding Your Options

When an ex-spouse keeps violating a divorce decree, the other spouse can go through a court process called “order to show cause” to hold the ex-spouse accountable. A court hearing is scheduled where both parties present their cases. If the judge determines that one individual is violating the divorce decree, a few things could happen:

  • The individual may be held in contempt of court
  • Fines may be issued
  • Jail time may be required

​Bankruptcy and Divorce

Often, bankruptcy and divorce are two interrelated legal matters. Financial problems often lead to talks of divorce during marriage. Similarly, a divorce can have significant financial consequences on individual parties.

Bankruptcy and divorce law are only practiced by a few law firms. JLJ Law Group in Salt Lake City is one of them. If you are facing divorce and have additional concerns about your finances, or if you are considering filing bankruptcy and have questions about interrelated divorce matters, we invite you to contact a Salt Lake City bankruptcy and divorce lawyer from our law firm.

If you are struggling financially, we can help you determine if Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy is right for you. If you are also planning on getting a divorce, it is important to consider the timing of your bankruptcy and divorce filing. Once we analyze your financial situation, we can help you determine:

  • If bankruptcy is your best option for dealing with your debt
  • What type of bankruptcy is right for you (Chapter 7 or Chapter 13)
  • Whether it is more beneficial to file before or after your divorce, and jointly as a couple or individually

Prenuptial Agreement Attorneys

The concept of a prenuptial agreement was highly controversial years ago. But today, this premarital contract is simply thought of as a preparatory safeguard to protect each spouse’s individual contributions before and during marriage.

If you are getting married, you should learn about the benefits of getting a prenuptial agreement. To speak directly to a prenuptial agreement lawyer in Salt Lake City from JLJ Law Group, please call or contact us online today. Before you sign your marriage contract we can help you determine the most effective way of protecting your individual interests.

Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

Nobody wants to think of the possibility of divorce when they are entering into a marriage, but in today’s world, this is reality. It is simply a contract that is enforceable if one day the marriage ends in divorce. A prenuptial agreement may be especially beneficial if you own a business, if you own significant assets that you want keep separate, or if you have children from a previous marriage.

The attorneys at JLJ Law Group will help you draft an agreement that takes into account your personal and financial circumstances. We also assist in reviews of prenuptial agreements.

If you are considering getting a prenuptial agreement, you should talk to an attorney to learn how a prenuptial agreement can specifically help you. A prenuptial agreement may be especially beneficial if you own a business, if you own significant assets that you want keep separate, or if you have children from a previous marriage.

Our attorneys understand the laws in Utah governing prenuptial agreements, and the requirements necessary to ensure that the contract is legally enforceable. We will help you draft an agreement that takes into account your personal and financial circumstances. We also assist in reviews of prenuptial agreements.

Property Division Attorneys in Salt Lake City Utah

In a divorce one of the most complex and time consuming processes is dividing property. In an effort to ensure that your personal and financial interests are being protected, it is important to seek representation from a competent and experienced property division attorney.

At Salt Lake City’s JLJ Law Group, we represent clients in divorce and all related legal matters. We can assist with the division of all types of property:

Dividing Property in Divorce

When a couple enters into divorce proceedings, decisions on how their property will be divided will need to be made. Equitable property division applies in Utah, which means that property is not necessarily split down the middle, but rather according to a formula which considers each party’s individual financial circumstances. The length of the marriage, age and health of each spouse, non-financial contributions of a spouse who stayed home to care for children, and other factors are considered.

Our property division lawyers in Salt Lake City can assist with the division of all types of property:

  • Real estate
  • Retirement benefits, pension plans, and 401(k) benefits
  • Stock options
  • Automobiles
  • Businesses
  • Debts

A family law judge will make a determination on the issue when an agreement cannot be made outside of court. Our firm’s lawyers will work with you closely to help you reach an out-of-court settlement. However, if your case ends up in court, we will ensure that your rights and financial interests are aggressively protected.