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The Law Office of David Pedrazas, PLLC, is committed to offering clients the real help they need. Our goal is to educate clients to help them make more informed choices while providing professional representation.

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We recognize that an uncontested or contested divorce is often one of the most emotionally draining challenges a person will ever face. We do everything we can to provide you with the compassionate support you deserve.

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Facing family law situations without a Salt Lake City attorney when it comes to enforcements, modifications, custody orders, contempt and more can be a tough road. Let us handle your case effectively and correctly.

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Before you can go through a divorce in Utah, you will have to be able to demonstrate that you have grounds to divorce under Utah state law, which are listed in Utah Code §30-3-1. By having an attorney, you can ensure the right steps are being taken in your divorce.

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At the Law Office of David Pedrazas, PLLC we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve success in the complex and often stressful process of divorce, child custody, child support, and in other family law cases.

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When parents divorce, Utah state law prefers to make it possible for the mother and the father to continue to play a meaningful role in the lives of the children. An attorney can help you receive the role you want when it comes to your kids.

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Some individual divorces are often far more complicated than those involving people of average means & resources. Such high-stakes cases involve complex financial & business issues, especially if the spouses have worked together in a professional capacity such as in running a business.

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State law in Utah recognizes that both spouses in a marriage make important contributions to the marital estate, regardless of which party has a larger income. When a couple files for divorce, the court applies the principle of equitable distribution to the division of assets and debts.

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Contested divorce is common in cases where the party who initiates the divorce is alleging that the other spouse is at fault for causing the divorce such as through adultery, impotence, or cruel treatment. When this is the case, the respondent will typically refuse to agree to the terms demanded by the petitioner.

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In the event that you want to live apart from your spouse but want to avoid divorce, you may benefit from the other type of legal separation, which is referred to as separate maintenance. This is a viable option for couples who would choose to end their marriages except for deeply held religious beliefs.

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Deciding to divorce your spouse is a hard and emotional decision to make. When children are involved, it makes the decision even more challenging. This…

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Long Distance Parenting Going through a divorce is hard on everyone and can leave you feeling angry and bitter. This is made harder when one…

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Salt Lake City Divorce Attorney Frequently Asked Questions

It will depend on the particulars of the case and if it goes to trial. One of the best ways to invest your money is with a reputable divorce lawyer with a proven track record. This sets the foundation for a smooth divorce with an equitable outcome. Other professionals, such as accountants and divorce mediators also add to the expenses. Each of these professionals must be paid in order for your divorce to progress toward a resolution. Other costs of divorce include the following:
  • Moving expenses
  • Possible child support (if applicable)
  • Possible alimony costs
  • Lost time at work due to meetings and court dates
Mediation and collaborative procedures can reduce the stress of a divorce. Plenty of people favor this procedure over traditional litigation because they don't want to drain their savings. Mediation can reduce the total cost of divorce as each side pays half the cost of mediation services. Most divorces, especially those that go to trial, cost much more. A collaborative divorce is also cheaper. The parties to work together to divide assets and agree to a co-parenting plan. The collaborative procedure pairs each party with a matrimonial attorney like a traditional divorce. The lawyers guide their clients through a collaborative process toward mutually beneficial results.
No, Utah law does not require divorcing parties to have an attorney. However, a divorce attorney is an expert in Utah divorce law and knows how divorce is handled in your jurisdiction. In addition, a divorce attorney knows the best time and manner to file petitions and court motions. There's a ton of paperwork involved that you have to get right the first time. Involving a lawyer gives you peace of mind and a guiding hand when you are emotionally vulnerable. Having an impartial third party to explain how the division of property, spousal support and custody work makes the process much easier.
Most lawyers offer a free consultation, and that gives you the opportunity to see if they have the qualities you are looking for, such as:
  • Ability to communicate well
  • Skill and experience. They will be touching upon your finances, family life and retirement
  • Available and have support staff to help when they're busy
Here's an idea of what to ask a divorce lawyer in the initial consultation:
  • How many divorces have you handled?
  • Will any other lawyers to working on my case? Can I meet with them?
  • What's your initial opinion of my case?
  • How do think a judge would rule in my case?
Asking good questions is the best advice on how to choose a divorce lawyer.
No, a lawyer can NOT represent both sides, even in an uncontested divorce. It's a conflict of interest.
Here's what to bring to divorce lawyer consultations. You should bring financial and legal documents, such as prenups, birth certificates, and other legal documents. You'll also need your paystubs, tax returns and any proof of infidelity or other wrongdoing. Your attorney will let you know during your free consultation.
A Salt Lake City family and divorce attorney will guide you to make the best decisions for your case. They advise on legal matters, file appropriate paperwork, create a plan to settle alimony, child support and custody agreements. Other matters may arise in more complex cases when you will be glad you have a professional on your side to help things run smoothly.
You begin the divorce process by meeting with a lawyer who can protect and represent you. A divorce attorney can advise you on crucial items that come up in the beginning of the process such as if you should move out of your family home, obtaining protective orders, and temporary child custody arrangements. Arguably, you should meet with a lawyer before you talk to your spouse in order to talk through your options and learn how to begin divorce process legally.
Utah divorces take a minimum of 90 days. Strong disagreements regarding assets and child custody may take longer. Under special circumstances, your attorney may request the court to waive the waiting period.

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Salt Lake City District Court | 450 South State St, P.O. Box 1860, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1860
Salt Lake City Justice Court | 333 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111