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Our partners' years of combined experience, proven skills, legal knowledge and personal service make Atticus Legal Group, LLC, the last attorneys you will ever need.
Representing a broad range of individuals, couples and families in Sandy and Greater Salt Lake City, Utah, Atticus Legal Group, LLC, excels at thorough mediation, negotiation and litigation in divorce and other family law issues.
Mckail Hamilton and Russ Hartvigsen are Atticus Legal Group, LLC — compassionate family law professionals dedicated to generating practical, lasting solutions that benefit you, your family, and your children before, during and after a divorce.
Contact one of our lawyers today to arrange your free initial consultation.Atticus Legal Group, LLC — Experienced Salt Lake City Family Law Attorneys
Our accomplished legal team and support staff work hard to diligently serve you in these important practice areas:
- Divorce. Atticus Legal Group provides guidance for uncontested divorce, contested and high net worth divorce litigation, child custody, visitation and parenting plans, child support, and marital property division.
- Modifications of responsibilities spelled out in divorce settlement agreements, based on sudden, substantial changes in circumstance and lifestyle
- Fathers' rights and mothers' rights to child access and a voice in a child's upbringing, rights to receive appropriate levels of financial support, and a division of assets and debts
- Protective orders to ensure the safety of any family member after an episode of domestic violence
Throughout a divorce, our clients often start their consultation by asking about their rights. Whether going through a divorce, paternity action, or a simple modification, many of our clients wonder whether they even have rights.
Often many of our clients do not find us for years after their legal issues began. The uncertainty related to family law kept them from contacting a Salt Lake City divorce attorney when it only would have helped their case.
Contact us now if you have a question about your rights! Don't wait. If you don't have rights, at least you will know. But if you do have rights, we can help you preserve them.
Some of our most commonly asked questions (and the questions that people often avoid asking) are the easiest to answer:
- Is Utah biased against fathers? In a custody battle, this is perhaps the most common question asked by both fathers and mothers. Fathers will sometimes cave to a custody schedule under the belief that they don't have a shot at the schedule they desire, simply because they are male. Mothers will sometimes fight a losing case, simply because they believe they are entitled to certain rights as a mother. The reality is that a case can (and should) be determined on its merits. In Utah, the court looks at a certain set of factors rather than assume one parent or another is better because of gender. It is important to look at the facts of your case, rather make an assumption based upon preconceived notions. For an in-depth analysis on the subject, find our article on this subject here.
- How will an extra-marital affair affect my alimony award and/or obligation? For better or worse, an extra-marital affair will generally not have a significant impact on your divorce action. While the code does allow for an argument that alimony may be impacted because of an affair, the requirements of the code limit the situations where it may be impacted. Every situation is different, and depending on how egregious the situation is, your alimony obligation or award may be affected. For an in-depth analysis on the subject, find our article on this subject here.
- Should I start with mediation? It depends. If you and the other party are close to reaching an agreement, and you simply need a little assistance on a few issues, going directly to mediation can be a cost-effective and time-saving solution. If, however, you are far apart in your divorce, going to mediation may simply be an additional expense and wasted opportunity. Depending on the situation, you might find that it is better to go to court for an immediate decision. If both you and your opposing party have a "reality check" following a court hearing, you may find mediation after the hearing to be more effective.
- Can a 14-year-old minor child choose whether to exercise parent-time with a parent? The short answer is "no." Whether your child wishes to live with you or another parent, a child's preference is merely a factor that the court considers during a custody action (which is given a degree of weight at any age, and just additional weight at 14). A 14-year-old's preference shouldn't be ignored, but it is certainly not the determining factor in a custody case. For an in-depth analysis on the subject, find our article on this subject here.
- Is my property separate or marital? The designation of "separate" or "marital" property can have a profound impact on your case. Not only will the designation determine whether the property may be divided, but "separate" property can influence the court when dividing "marital" property. The designation of separate versus marital property is not always simple, since separate property can become marital property during the course of the marriage (depending on whether it's been comingled), but an attorney at Atticus Legal Group can help. For an in-depth analysis on the subject, find our article on this subject here.
- Does "joint physical custody" mean I have the children equally? Not necessarily. Joint legal custody simply means you have the child(ren) more than 33% of the year. This amounts to 111 overnights. So long as you have between 111 and 254 overnights each year, you have joint physical custody of your children. There is a wide array of "joint custody" schedules, and an attorney at Atticus Legal Group can assist you in your custody goal.
These are just a few of the most common questions and concerns that our clients have. If your question isn't answered on our website, contact us! Our Salt Lake City divorce lawyers are happy to help.
At Atticus Legal Group, LLC, we offer sound counsel and solid support at all times, openness to your ideas, respect for your goals, and the personal attention you need at a difficult time in your life.
To speak with one of our lawyers and learn more about our Sandy law firm's reputation for positive results, contact us. Your initial consultation is free. Call locally or toll free. Your email message will be responded to promptly.