Family Law

Families are the building block of our society and deserve the utmost care and concern. While divorce can be a challenging time for adults, children frequently bear the brunt of family separation and stress. If divorce is the right path for your family - let's work to outline parental rights and responsibilities in a way that will work best for you and your kids. 

Typically, family law cases revolve around these issues: 

  • Property division and/or debt division
  • Child custody
  • Spousal support/alimony
  • Child support
  • Parenting plans (plans outlining visitation during the school year and holidays, decisions regarding discipline, healthcare, school choice and school records, etc.)

Mediation

Many states, including Utah, require parties to have a good faith attempt at resolving their issues in mediation before proceeding to court. Mediation is facilitated by a neutral third--party, typically an attorney or a social work professional who will walk the parties through the various decisions that need to be made. At the end of a successful mediation, the parties will have a written agreement, or stipulation that can be presented to the judge or commissioner in their case for approval and formal ratification.

I have received my state-mandated mediation education and can serve as your mediator for your case. I can also represent parties at mediation, even if they are only interested in legal representation during the session.  

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Adoption

Some children come to their families through a different path and I am always pleased to be part of that process. Adoptions can be foreign or domestic, through an agency or between private parties. I would love to help you grow your family. Recognizing that adoptions can be an expensive process for families, I offer flat fee services for adoptions so you can plan accordingly. 

 

Adoption Resources

Unbundled Legal Services

As technology is changing the way the legal profession, I am happy to offer unbundled legal services or a la carte legal services for clients. This means clients can pick and choose what services they would be interested in the course of their family law issue. Many of these services can also be billed with flat fee billing, meaning you as the client will known upfront the total cost of the legal service. This may include: 

  • Reviewing documents created by OCAPS or another online-generated legal form machine
  • Representation during court hearings or "limited appearances" (Order to Show Cause, Temporary Orders, Pre-trial conference)
  • Preparing documents for an uncontested divorce (meaning the parties have agreed to all of the issues, including property division, child custody, and parenting plan)
  • Giving advice on court procedures and courtroom behavior
  • Coaching on strategy or role playing
  • Collaborative lawyering - where parties use outside professionals to help them make their decisions regarding property division, child custody, and co-parenting plans
  • Conducting legal research
  • Drafting pleadings, briefs, declarations, or orders
  • Ghostwriting - or helping write documents for pro se clients
  • Negotiating
  • Online dispute resolution
  • Organizing discovery materials
  • Preparing exhibits
  • Providing legal guidance or opinions