Experienced Utah Divorce Lawyer
We understand how difficult and stressful it can be when you are going through a divorce. It’s important to hire a compassionate and skilled divorce attorney with years of successful experience in divorce to guide you through the process, saving you both time and money. Attorney David Pedrazas is a SLC, Utah divorce attorney that has been in practice for over 20 years and knows what needs to be done to make sure you get the best representation possible. David Pedrazas understands how much is at stake for you and your family and works to pursue a swift and effective resolution to your case.
Family law involves many different types of cases. At the Law Office of David Pedrazas, we handle divorces, paternity claims, child support, child custody, and many other types of cases that involve family relationships.
We Protect Your Rights
We work to make sure your rights are fully protected. A divorce or family custody issue can be difficult for everyone involved. Our goal is to find the best solution possible that involves securing your rights as well as making sure your children are taken care. It’s important that both the rights of the children and the rights of the parents are taken into consideration when finding an amicable solution. No divorce is easy, so we do the best we can to make sure everyone is treated as fairly as possible.
Handling High-End Divorces
High-end divorces that include large amounts of property or assets can be a challenge. We strive to make sure you are treated as fairly as possible and get everything that you rightfully deserve. We go to great lengths to ensure that both parties involved in the divorce understand Utah’s laws when it comes to the fair division of the marital assets. By enforcing Utah’s mandatory mediation requirement, our goal is to thoroughly evaluate both assets and liabilities to determine the fairest division possible.
Child Custody and Child Support
In the heat of a divorce, the children often suffer the most. We make sure that your the health and well-being of your children are always made the first priority. We will always strive to maintain the best interest of the children at all costs. It’s important that both parents take into consideration the needs of their children when determining both child support and custody/visitation agreements. Children should never be used as pawns. That is why we do our best with every case to employ every avenue possible to make sure the children’s needs are met in each and that both parents are treated as fairly as possible.
How to Begin the Divorce Process in Salt Lake City, Utah
To begin the process, we help you with preparing your petition to divorce and filing the documents in the family law court. The respondent to the divorce is then served with the documents and must file a response within 20 days; otherwise, the court may award a default judgment in favor of the petitioner, granting all the terms requested in the petition. If the respondent agrees to the terms of the petition, the divorce may proceed uncontested by filing a stipulation. In the event that the respondent chooses to contest the divorce, the case will move forward toward a trial.
In cases where you can’t reach an initial agreement in either an uncontested or contested divorce, the court orders the parties to attend mediation prior to any trial, in an attempt to resolve the divorce without the necessity of litigation. Whether the case is resolved at this point or if the spouses have already worked to negotiate an out-of-court settlement, there is a 90-day waiting period between the date when the petition is filed and when the final decree is signed by the judge. In the event that the case goes to trial, each party will have the opportunity to introduce evidence and witnesses and to cross-examine the evidence and testimony of the opposition, and the judge will issue a final ruling to determine the disposition of the various issues in the divorce.
If there are children involved, the parents are required to attend a divorce education class. Either party may request temporary orders concerning child custody, child support, parent time, possession of the shared home, financial responsibility for debts and other matters to provide stability to the situation while waiting for the completion of the divorce.
Let Our SLC, Utah Divorce Attorney at The Law Office of David Pedrazas Fight For You
Dealing with family issues can be difficult, but it’s important to have an attorney on your side who knows the laws in Utah and how to get things done so that your rights remain protected. If you are a Utah resident and are in need of a family law attorney, don’t risk losing your case by hiring the wrong attorney. Salt Lake City, Utah Divorce Attorney David Pedrazas has a proven track record of being successful and protecting his client’s rights. With over 20 years of experience, he has the resources and the knowledge to provide the most aggressive and responsible representation possible. Whether you are involved in a contested or uncontested divorce, contact our firm now at 801-263-7078 for a free case evaluation to discuss your concerns and allow us to begin working on a strategy for you!