Skilled Utah attorney assists with marital and parenting conflicts

No one looks forward to divorce, but with the right legal representation, you can preserve your rights and start your new life with a solid foundation.  At Summers Law Office in Salt Lake City, I take pride in helping my clients navigate through difficult times.  By providing knowledgeable advice and determined advocacy, I stand with you at every stage of the dissolution process.  Whether your breakup is amicable or highly contentious, I pursue a resolution that safeguards you and your children.  I have significant experience delivering effective solutions at trial and through alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation. Ending a marriage is hard, but Summers Law Office enables clients to move ahead confidently.

Dedicated advocate for clients going through a divorce

My firm advises clients on each aspect of divorce, including:

  • Filing and grounds — Utah allows a spouse to file for divorce on a no-fault basis or by alleging one of eight grounds, such as adultery or cruel treatment. No matter what type of dissolution you seek, you must have resided in the state for at least three months before you can file.
  • Waiting period — State law mandates that a waiting period of at least 90 days be honored between a divorce filing and the hearing on a final decree. This can only be waived in extraordinary circumstances.
  • Property distribution — If divorcing spouses cannot reach an agreement themselves, marital assets and debts will be allocated based on what the judge believes to be fair. This does not necessarily mean that everything will be divided down the middle. Courts can look at factors such as each party’s earning ability, age and the length of the marriage to determine an equitable distribution.

Many options exist when you choose to end a marriage.  Summers Law Office provides a free initial consultation so that you can make informed decisions.

Accomplished law firm represents parents in child custody cases

Utah law promotes the idea that divorcing parents should maintain frequent and meaningful contact with their children.  At Summers Law Office, I work diligently to help parents reach an agreement on legal and physical custody even if other matters are disputed.  If no compromise can be achieved, courts are bound to rule on what they believe is in the best interests of the child, based on numerous factors.  As your advocate, I develop a thorough argument in favor of an arrangement that enables your child to grow in a safe, healthy and productive environment while protecting your parental bond.  If one parent has residential custody, I negotiate for a fair parent-time plan that clearly addresses details such as holidays and transportation.

Knowledgeable legal advice to help establish fair child support terms

Noncustodial parents are required to support their minor children financially.  The Utah Office of Recovery Services employs a calculator that helps parents anticipate what sort of child support payments will be required based on each parent’s income and other relevant factors.  Though this can seem like a simple equation, I make sure that the information used is correct and equitable.  For instance, I can advocate for income to be imputed to a father or mother who willfully remains unemployed to avoid their child support obligations.

Summers Law Office represents Utah clients in divorce and other family law matters as well as in personal injury litigation.  Please call (801)-264-8374 or contact me online for a free initial consultation at my Salt Lake City office.