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Top-Rated Divorce Attorney in Utah

Signing a Divorce Decree - Divorce Attorney near Salt Lake City, Utah

The Law Office of David Pedrazas PLLC. understands 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 for Divorce in Utah

Attorney David Pedrazas is a SLC, Utah Divorce Attorney who has been in practice for over 20 years and knows what needs to be done to make sure you get the best representation possible. Voted as a top 10 Best Divorce Attorney in (2014-2015) by the American Institute of Family Law, Family Law Attorney and Divorce Lawyer 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. At the Law Office of David Pedrazas, we handle paternity claims, child support, child custody, and many more.

If You are Filing for Divorce in Utah, Schedule a Divorce Case Review Today with the Law Office of David Pedrazas PLLC.

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Salt Lake City Divorce Attorney David Pedrazas Will 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 of. 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.

What Customers are Saying About Divorce Lawyer David Pedrazas

First time hiring an attorney - I chose David because of the other great reviews he has. All true. Great experience from start to finish. I paid the retainer and then he gave me free, responsive, useful legal counsel on multiple occasions. If I require assistance in the future I will be going back here. (FYI his office looks different than the picture that looks like a house)
Travis Owens
Travis Owens
16:01 24 Sep 21
I live in Georgia, my now ex-wife left the state with our four children and moved to Utah. She made false allegations of domestic violence to justify her reason for leaving and would not let me see or even talk to our children. I had no idea where she went and by the time I was able to locate them Utah had jurisdiction.I researched many lawyers in Utah. It was kinda scary to hire and pay a lawyer over the phone without meeting in person. I really wanted to get the best possible lawyer because my children were at stake and they asked me to please try and get custody.When I came across David I really felt like I had the right lawyer. I read all the reviews and they felt sincere, now I definitely know they were.David is a Great lawyer, the best I’ve ever dealt with! David is on top of his game and will not hold back! David is an exceptional trial lawyer, he is aggressive just like you want and really knows his stuff!David was always really easy to get in touch with and would call you back the same day if he was busy. I felt really confident through the whole experience with him on my side. I knew I made the right choice by hiring him.David is very thorough and suggested a GAL with turned out to be really helpful. David stayed committed to the case the whole time!I started the process with no contact or even phone call’s with my children. During the process David got me phone call’s, then visits.The outcome was amazing! I am still in shock of how great it turned out! After the accusations and the kid’s being gone almost two years David got me sole physical custody! The court ordered for the kid’s to come home to Georgia from Utah! He even got the court to order my now ex-wife pay child support.The court pretty much ordered exactly what David asked for. I definitely feel like I got the best possible outcome by far and the best possible lawyer! I feel truly blessed I had David as my attorney and would highly recommend him to anyone!I cannot express my gratitude enough! Thank you so much for helping my family David!
Mason Martin
Mason Martin
01:13 26 Jun 21
David Pedrazas represented my boyfriend in a Divorce/Custody. He's now ex wife had taken his 4 children across country and prohibited the kids to have any relationship with my boyfriend for almost 2 years, we had to hire a Private investigator and had no luck until his oldest contacted him behind the mothers back. The ex wife justified her actions in court by making allegations of domestic abuse. It was a difficult case but David was so knowledgeable, honest and he fought for my boyfriend's truth. At the end the judge granted relocation of the kids and now my boyfriend has sole physical custody of his kids. I can't express enough how much he helped our family and how grateful we are for him. I really believe without him we wouldn't have won this case, he basically got everything my boyfriend wanted. David really cares about his clients and he's joy at the end of court demonstrated his commitment to bringing the children home. Thank you again David for your tremendous help we are immensely grateful.
Lisjari De Jesus
Lisjari De Jesus
00:20 26 Jun 21
I have never reviewed anybody or any business before but what David has done for me I felt the need to share my experience. He took care of everything to do with my case and made a horrible situation with child custody seem bearable and under control. I recommend David to anyone that needs an attorney with a back bone and doesn’t play games.
alex bergman
alex bergman
18:39 24 Jun 21
David is far the best custody lawer in utah.I never would have got custody of my child if I hadn’t hired him.He is very aggressive and he knows the laws.He is very responsive and always calls you back quick. He answers all your question and is very good at explaining to you what’s going on and what your options are I want to thank you David for all you have done for me and my child you sir are a rock star.
Clinton Beverleigh
Clinton Beverleigh
00:09 05 Jun 21
Pedrazas represented me in a very tough divorce case that involved assets, property and custody. I could not be happier with the level of professionalism, the compassion, and straight forward advice. He went above and beyond for me and without getting into specifics got me EVERYTHING that I wanted in our case. There are attorneys out there that will bleed you dry ... this is not DP. Don't be fooled by the calm demeanor ... I saw one of the most intelligent and powerful negotiations I have ever seen by him in our mediation. Thanks DP. If you find yourself in need of a family lawyer I can say that he is by far the best I have worked with.
William Pipes
William Pipes
20:17 15 Apr 21
Our family needed custody advice and representation. David Pedrazas was knowledgeable, professional, candid, and a true advocate! You can trust that your case will be handled with attention to detail and compassion. You truly are getting the best in the family law business with David!!
Crystal Flynn
Crystal Flynn
17:56 05 Mar 21
David is very knowledgeable and experienced. After dealing with a lawyer that did nothing and charged plenty for it, David was a relief! He got the case moving in a productive direction and provided realistic insight and expectations. He communicated with the other lawyer, set up mediation, advised me during the mediation and followed through with finalizing the divorce modification paperwork. Of course, both sides had to compromise, but we resolved many problems and the outcome was an improvement.David didn't nickel and dime me for every email I sent - which was amazing! It's hard to work with a lawyer knowing every request for direction is going to cost you $100. David was not like that at all! It felt like he was NOT focused on my money. Thank you for that!To date, I've dealt with more family law attorneys than I prefer, but David is the one I can recommend the most. He's honest, reliable, will let you know what's reasonable and responds quickly.I agree with everybody else on here. Use David. He's earned this spectacular rating.
Joseph Jones
Joseph Jones
20:09 04 Mar 21
David handled my lengthy divorce great. I was very worried when learning of who my, now ex-spouse, obtained for his attorney. (You know, the one everyone hires to screw over their spouse in divorce). David wasn't afraid to go to bat for me. He handled my drawn out divorce (made extra long with COVID happening), and I was satisfied with the outcome. Even though divorce is never fun, I highly recommend him.
Ashley Jones
Ashley Jones
20:41 04 Dec 20
Both pre Covid-19 and present Covid-19, David has shown me what a stellar attorney he is. One of his best qualities to me as someone looking for litigation is his responsiveness. He gets back to you extremely quickly, and will give you the time of day. He will get things done. Be like David and don't wait! Get in touch with him.
Cody Martin
Cody Martin
14:23 30 Oct 20
When working with David, he was very genuine in our conversation. He cares about his clients and wants the best for them. I would recommend and have already recommend David when it comes to family law matters.
Eric Roddom
Eric Roddom
20:49 28 Sep 20
From the first time I spoke with David he was super helpful and responsive. I transitioned over to him after dealing with a lawyer that was slow and constantly giving me the run around. He made the process quick and easy for me, so much so that one day, he emailed me and said I was divorced and I did not believe him.
Renee Lubavs
Renee Lubavs
14:47 04 Aug 20
David is amazing and I especially recommend him for anything that feels IMPOSSIBLE! He takes impossibility as a challenge to make things possible.David is highly experienced and I’ve referred him to many family and friends. He is more than fair, even GENEROUS, with his fees and is flexible with retainer payments to accommodate those unplanned and emergent situations.David knows the “ins and outs” of Family Law and is an incredible negotiator! He thinks outside the box and holds his clients’ interests in high regard. Lower your stress and anxiety...give him a call now! You’ll be glad you did.
Cassie Lambert
Cassie Lambert
17:18 16 Jul 20
At first i had my doubts with my full custody case i took to Mr. Pedrazas. But he was an honest person who gave me the answers of not what i want to hear but what could happen if i don’t provide the right evidence to fight for my kids full custody. Most of the time we expect things to go our way but with the knowledge Mr. Pedrazas have about the law makes him the right person to be on your side legally. And because of him my kids are now safe with me and now have full custody! Thank you Mr. Pedrazas
Muese Sione
Muese Sione
21:05 06 Jul 20
You will get straightforward information about the law. Very professional and returned my call quickly.
Brandi O
Brandi O
11:41 20 May 20
So happy with the work David did for my custody case! Would recommend! 100%
Chinita Kimm
Chinita Kimm
00:25 09 May 20
David helped me with my divorce a couple years ago. Very quick and painless process with his help. From the initial consultation, he was very straightforward and helped me understand the options I had so that I could make the best decision for myself. He was reasonably priced and prompt in both communication and filing. Definitely recommend him to anyone in the Salt Lake Area
Marly Davis
Marly Davis
21:00 26 Feb 20
I strongly recommend David for anyone who is dealing with extremely high conflict ex spouses. Child custody evaluations are becoming common on cases when parents dispute schedules, and they can be time consuming, confusing and expensive. David is very knowledgeable of evaluations, statutes, rules, and motions. He successfully fought to see that my ex had his entire motion dismissed completely in the last few weeks. His court demeanor and preparation is exactly what is needed when you have lengthy court procedures that aim to change parent time or custody standings. This is the attorney you need if you have any custody or divorce needs!
Tessa Kohl
Tessa Kohl
16:54 13 Feb 20
David was great to work with. I had a very long dreadful case and I'm glad i had him to represent and support me through it. He is always available, he will return your calls & emails right away, he truly takes his cases seriously and cares about his clients. Will always use him again in any legal matter and i 100%recommend him, he's the best!
Diana Herrera
Diana Herrera
19:28 09 Feb 20
David was amazing. He fought hard, worked with me, and shows that he truly cares for people. He always got back to me in a timely manner, kept me updated with everything and to this day anytime I have questions or concerns he is always there. I recommend him highly to anyone looking for an excellent, professional, Affordable and caring Attorney. He Truly fights hard and shows it in the court room. Thanks David for helping me get my kids I couldn't have asked for anyone better.
Brandon Muir
Brandon Muir
00:47 08 Feb 20
David made sure that not only did my divorce go smoothly, but that things were taken care of. He pushed to make sure I got what I wanted and what was fair. He gave great advise and always had an answer to my questions. He made sure that when it was my court date or paperwork needed to be done, that my case was the main focus. I heard about him from a friend and I’m glad that he is my lawyer!
Felicia
Felicia
01:18 07 Feb 20
David did an amazing job, the ex wanted to take 100% of my house and my boy and leave me with nothing. David made sure I got 50/50 on both... everything I asked for, he gave me. Thank you David.
Stuart Graham
Stuart Graham
01:11 05 Feb 20
I would strongly recommend hiring or consulting with David during any family or child law case. His experience shows in his ability to provide clear answers during what is usually a very difficult time in life. He has been established in the local area for some time and knows how to navigate the system to get desired results. In addition to frequent email communications, he was flexible with my work schedule and we met face to face multiple times after normal work hours to ensure that we were both on the same page and that we had all the necessary data to present a strong case. That was a big deal to me, and David will do that for his clients. On top of all that, he is a friendly person that is understanding of the difficult circumstances of a divorce and child custody which he puts all efforts into helping you get results. I would not hesitate to continue consulting with David if there are future needs.
Matthew Sand
Matthew Sand
18:33 18 Dec 19
This was posted in error, please remove. I tried my best to remove it, as instructions indicated and it was not possible. Sorry for this inconvenience. MR. Pedrazaf has wonderful reviews listed and I admire his dedication.
Livi Lou
Livi Lou
00:27 03 Oct 19
As a past client of David, I highly recommend his services. He was very knowledgeable throughout the process and helped make the best outcome possible.
Josh Roberts
Josh Roberts
16:55 06 Sep 19
Mr. Pedrazas is realistic and straight forward in his advice and instruction. A very competent and insightful Attorney for any legal matter. Handles himself appropriately and professionally in the courtroom. Thank you for your work.
Deborah Plummer
Deborah Plummer
01:55 05 Sep 19
David was amazing I pre-paid him and he did everything very timely manner and give me very good details to protect myself I highly recommend them to everyone
merlin jacobsen
merlin jacobsen
15:18 26 Jul 19
I went to David with a custody issue that had significant time restraints and what I’m sure what not the “norm” (if there is such a thing). David did not miss a beat. Always quick to return a call or a rambling email. Highly recommend!!
Louise Myers
Louise Myers
02:25 12 Jul 19
Great source of information
Heather Latimer
Heather Latimer
03:55 11 Jul 19
Hubby and i had a mutual friend who recommended this office to us in case we need legal help in the future. She had a great experience that is why i decided to leave this feedback to recommend them to anyone else who needs legal help in this matter.
Tavia Supokeli
Tavia Supokeli
03:30 11 Jul 19
Our community is well served by the award winning law firm of David Pedrazas, PLLC. This firm has won many awards for outstanding service including the “Reviewer’s Choice” award for best attorney and Avvo’s “Client Choice” award. You can trust them to represent you well.
A R
A R
03:04 11 Jul 19
Went in for a consultation with a close friend. So impressed with the information provided and advice they gave to help her in her situation. Not surprised by her confidence in their services.
T Mana
T Mana
01:18 11 Jul 19
A wonderful practice to help with divorce and the messiness of it.
Ang F
Ang F
01:18 11 Jul 19
David Pedrazas’ law firm has won many awards, including the “Reviewer’s Choice” for best attorney and Avvo’s “Client Choice” award. They are a positive benefit to our community.
Melanie Spendlove
Melanie Spendlove
01:00 11 Jul 19
Very professional and know what they are talking about.
Lawrie Thomas
Lawrie Thomas
00:49 11 Jul 19
I have to give kudos to Delta Airlines. I took a trip to Nashville on March 1st 2019. After a very disappointing business conference and feeling like it was a huge waste of money and my time I arrived at the terminal with time to spare. So I got lunch and ate it while waiting to board. When the time came I boarded the plane and was looking forward to just getting home when all of a sudden a flight attendant was calling out my name. My attention perked up at hearing my name and I was obviously a little confused. She came over and asked, "are you Julie Jensen?" I said yes, and she proceeds to hand me my wallet.In my bad mood and feeling the whole trip had been a huge let down I inadvertently had walked off and left my wallet sitting on the floor in the terminal. Not only did it have cash, but my passport, License, credit cards ect but it also had my layover and airfare ticket to get home. I didn't even know I had walked off and left it until she brought it to me. I can't even tell you the rush of emotions I felt all at once in the instance. I will be forever grateful that the plane did not take off before I got my wallet back and that the flight attendant was discreet when handling the situation. Thank you Delta.
Julie Jensen
Julie Jensen
00:15 11 Jul 19
Ive been told these guys are great to work with!!
Courtney LaGiglia
Courtney LaGiglia
23:28 10 Jul 19
Dave and his staff are extremely professional and I highly recommend them. I really like their comprehensive website. Lots of resources and links to assist if your going through a divorce. I can see why they got so many awards!!
James Thorp
James Thorp
22:01 10 Jul 19
I have never had to use them but have heard very good things and will call them if I ever need legal help.
James Richins
James Richins
21:45 10 Jul 19
Honest staff, trust their advice! Great company
Valerie kuehn
Valerie kuehn
21:19 10 Jul 19
I read stars very good wow & people attended u work nice, great Job & helped understand 👍😬👌❤️👏.
Julie Lein
Julie Lein
20:04 10 Jul 19
They are building an excellent reputation for quality representation.
Deacon “DeaconMac” Maccubbin
Deacon “DeaconMac” Maccubbin
19:31 10 Jul 19
I have not used them personally but I have heard they are fantastic!
Nicole Zimmerman
Nicole Zimmerman
19:24 10 Jul 19
Great law firm that helps out their community by providing excellent legal advice and representation!
Joey
Joey
18:49 10 Jul 19
I have never use this law office. But I've heard good things about them..
angela mielke
angela mielke
18:17 10 Jul 19
If you need a good lawyer in Utah, this is the lawyer to use! I personally haven't used this law firm, but I have heard nothing but great things!
Linda Polites
Linda Polites
18:13 10 Jul 19
He was a great help to my sister!
Jessica Nelson
Jessica Nelson
17:43 10 Jul 19
Great business that deserves your support.
Libbie Bakker
Libbie Bakker
17:37 10 Jul 19
I have heard positive things about this firm and if ever i need legal help in the future i know exactly who to call.
Octavia Schubert
Octavia Schubert
17:32 10 Jul 19
❤️❤️❤️👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽
Mercedes Lindstrom
Mercedes Lindstrom
17:17 10 Jul 19
Great!!
Sarah Sargent
Sarah Sargent
16:59 10 Jul 19
I have heard good things about this law firm.
Nanette Olson
Nanette Olson
16:51 10 Jul 19
Few lawyers have a great reputation. This one deserves all the accolades!
Larisa Elder
Larisa Elder
15:56 10 Jul 19
My friend was caught up in a nasty child care battle with her ex husband. The law attorneys at David Padrazas was able to help set things right with both parties. The best thing is children are able to spend time with both parents and no hard feeling exists.
Leslie Waters
Leslie Waters
14:53 10 Jul 19
The positive reviews and awards they have won would put them in top of my list of who to call if I need legal assistance.
Janet Taylor
Janet Taylor
14:40 10 Jul 19
My sister in law have used their services and as a single lady it was intimidating. They put her at ease and made sure she understood every step.
Emily Girls
Emily Girls
14:18 10 Jul 19
A family member used them and was extremely impressed. They and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a divorce lawyer. They get things done and done extremely well.
Pam King
Pam King
14:08 10 Jul 19
Very impressed with all the amazing things this law office does for the community
Alecia Peacock
Alecia Peacock
13:53 10 Jul 19
5 stars!!!!
Leslie Petersen
Leslie Petersen
13:51 10 Jul 19
Super knowledgeable, fair priced and easy to work with!!
Kymberli Mecham
Kymberli Mecham
13:47 10 Jul 19
They work well with others, and are amazing I highly recommend this place! They have great skills and really easy to work with!
Kelsey Warren
Kelsey Warren
13:43 10 Jul 19
Awesome job winning “Reviewer’s Choice” for best attorney and Avvo’s “Client Choice” award. Thanks for doing such an amazing work giving back to our community
LevisAmanda Wiggins
LevisAmanda Wiggins
13:15 10 Jul 19
They are very attentive to each and every client. They offer amazing services with one on one time with each client to really meet their needs. Everyone there is incredibly kind as well.
Kayla H
Kayla H
13:09 10 Jul 19
Great people to work with!
Shana Mortenson
Shana Mortenson
12:52 10 Jul 19
These guys are awesome they help me with so many cases you guys should check them out
Jesse Nell
Jesse Nell
11:54 10 Jul 19
A family member used them when going through a tough divorce. I would 100% recommend calling David, great firm, great people!
Heather Jeppson
Heather Jeppson
11:19 10 Jul 19
Love the integrity and values you clearly see
Stacy Stevens
Stacy Stevens
10:33 10 Jul 19
Highly recommend!!!!!
Cali Shauan
Cali Shauan
10:07 10 Jul 19
Such a great company! And amazing staff!
Julie Packer
Julie Packer
06:13 10 Jul 19
Highly professional and quality firm. Highly recommend
Louis Azure
Louis Azure
05:32 10 Jul 19
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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.

Rights Have to be Proactively Defended

Everyone who comes to the court system for a divorce has rights they can use to protect their side of the issue. However, the court system is based on an adversarial system. So, if a party involved doesn’t raise the issue of their rights proactively, they don’t get protected in the process. Again, this is why experience is so critical. A trained attorney who understands when and how rights need to be asserted can protect a client’s career, family rights, assets, and future far more effectively than one still learning the process themselves.

How the Law Office of David Pedrazas PLLC. Can Help You with Divorce in Utah

We manage the full scope of family law, including child support, paternity claims, child custody, along with most claims that come up in divorce settlements. We have the knowledge and experience to help you with all of your divorce and family law related matters, including but not limited to:

 

 

Divorce and Other Factors

In the heat of a divorce, the children often suffer the most. If the divorcing spouses have underage children, child custody and child support will need to be determined. We make sure that 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.

Child Custody

If the divorcing spouses have underage children, child custody and child support will need to be determined. Child custody is decided by the court applying what is referred to as a “best-interest” evaluation. The result is supposed to be the best situation for the child involved in a divorced family. The court then has the option to apply sole custody, joint custody, or split custody. Legal sole or joint custody affects major decisions in a child’s life from medical treatment to education. Physical sole or joint custody refers to the actual physical care of the child. The default for Utah courts will start with joint custody, but there is no guarantee that will stick once arguments start.

Child Support

Child support in Utah is automatically applied in a divorce, and the values are determined by applying the parent’s income into a statutory table created by Utah’s legislature. This produces a starting point that the court can then adjust further based on case arguments. In many cases, the Utah court stick with the legislative model, but again the scale table is not a guaranteed result for the parties divorcing.

Alimony

Where the court deems it appropriate, alimony can be ordered. This requirement is most commonly applied in divorces where the marriage has lasted longer than 10 years and there is a clear dependence by one spouse on the other for financial support. Despite the myth of a divorce cause being a big factor, the Utah courts tend to look at the economic ability of each spouse and the ability to earn income. From there the court then applies an alimony requirement, which could last the duration of how long the marriage lasted.

Division of Assets & Debts

The separation of the property starts with the premise that anything gained during the marriage is marital property and fair game. While prior property and inherited assets may be exempt if they are co-mingled with marital property than those items become part of the mix as well. While the court can arbitrarily determine a division, that usually only occurs when one of the spouses committed fraud, lied to the court to hide assets, or prematurely spent down the estate to spite the other spouse. Without any particular factor, marital property is expected to be split evenly between spouses. However, it’s also very common for arguments to occur arguing differently, which could sway the court. Notably, debt is split evenly as well, but the court could use debt to even out alimony or asset division by obligating one spouse with more debt to service.

Adoption of Step-Children

One of the most common issues that arise following a divorce is that one or both parents end up getting remarried. There are some situations where children from another marriage would like to be adopted by the incoming parent. When this happens, it is important to make sure the adoption process flows as smoothly as possible. This is where a trained divorce attorney can be helpful.

A divorce lawyer can take a look at the circumstances of the adoption, anticipate any concerns that might arise, and expedite this process. Then, the adoption can be approved by the court, bringing a new family together.

Back Child Support Payments and Collection

Child support payments are among the most common concerns following a divorce. If there are situations where child support payments are not being paid, then the receiving parent has the opportunity to pursue these payments in a court of law. This is where a divorce attorney can be helpful. In some cases, income statuses may change and child support payments need to be adjusted. In other situations, late payments simply need to be ordered by the court.

Domestic Violence Concerns

Unfortunately, domestic violence is one of the most common concerns following divorces. If there are any domestic violence concerns, a divorce attorney can help with this issue. A divorce attorney understands how to quickly and efficiently get a restraining order if there is any concern related to domestic violence, protecting the safety of his or her client. If there are serious injuries that have been suffered, there are other legal avenues that a divorce attorney can pursue as well. Nobody who is experiencing domestic violence has to go through this situation alone. Instead, rely on the training and experience of a trained divorce lawyer.

The Development of Parenting Plans

One of the issues that both parents usually agree on is that the children have to come first. Therefore, it is critical to developing a strong parenting plan or both parents remain involved in the lives of their children if this is appropriate. Developing a co-parenting plan between two parents who are getting divorced can be a challenge; however, with the help of a trained divorce lawyer, it is possible to develop an amicable plan that places the best interests of the children first. Then, if this is necessary to finalize the divorce, a divorce attorney can also get this plan approved by the court.

Paternity Issues

In some cases, there might be questions of paternity when it comes to children, custody, and child support. If there are any paternity issues that could arise, a divorce attorney is able to get these issues addressed quickly and efficiently. In some cases, questions of false paternity or mistaken paternity can have a significant impact on child support payments. A divorce attorney often has connections in the local community and throughout the industry that can help people expedite the paternity testing process, allowing the divorce process to proceed smoothly.

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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 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.
Going through a divorce alone can be far more expensive, and it can lead to lasting problems. The divorce process in the Utah court system is highly technical. While the initial part might seem straightforward when filing the beginning paperwork for dissolution, things can get very complex quickly.

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Why Choose Attorney David Pedrazas?

We know family separation and divorce are extremely difficult, unwanted experiences. We strive to give you the best representation legally and help you get past divorce effectively. We have a deep understanding of Utah divorce law and how it will apply to your case, as well as what you need to do to prepare correctly for a divorce filing. Don’t go into a legal minefield blind with any divorce lawyer Utah resource; the Law Offices of David Pedrazas is ready to fight for you and get you through one of the hardest parts of modern family life.

If you Need the Best Divorce Attorney Near Millcreek, Utah, Call The Law Office of David Pedrazas PLLC.

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Divorce Lawyer in Salt Lake City, Utah Will Fight For Your Rights

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 father in Utah and are in need of an Award-Winning Divorce Attorney in Salt Lake City, the Law Office of David Pedrazas PLLC. is the best divorce attorney in Utah for men. 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 Legal Case Review to discuss your concerns and allow us to begin working on a strategy for you!

Attorney David Pedrazas was Voted a 10 Best Divorce Attorney in Utah for two consecutive years by the American Institute of Family Law

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The Law Office of David Pedrazas PLLC. An Award-Winning Divorce Attorney Utah Can Trust

3920 1100 E Suite 320
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
(801) 263-7078
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Mon – Fri      8AM–5PM
Sat & Sun     Closed
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