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David R. Hartwig, Esq.
Family Law & Divorce Attorney & Counselor at Law Veteran Military Discount

Who I Am

I have helped people like you with legal matters in Utah for more than 30 years. I am a solo practitioner with my office in Salt Lake City, which means I handle every aspect of my client's case from start to finish.

I am also a military veteran. I have a deep understanding of military issues and do everything I can to give our service members exemplary legal advice.

I offer a 25 percent discount on my hourly rate for veterans and active-duty military members.

I Know How To Deal With Conflict

I am a Special Master attorney, which means that I have special training to resolve high-conflict divorce and post-divorce issues. I have experience assisting clients with family law issues, including child custody, child support, alimony, and enforcement of custody and support issues.

I am committed to helping my clients find the best resolution. I understand the divorce process, not just because I am an attorney but because I have been through it myself. Divorce is not easy, but with the right guidance and representation, the process can go a lot smoother.

I also have experience assisting clients with probate and estate planning issues, civil appeals, legal malpractice issues and cases involving defamation, slander and libel. Whatever legal issue you are facing, I will be here to help you every step of the way.

Learn More About Me

In addition to my extensive legal experience, I am an active member of the local legal community, contributing to Utah Legal Services and Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake among other organizations. I also love mountains, motorcycles and photography.

Click on the link below to learn more about me and my background.

Contact Me

I represent clients in Salt Lake City and throughout Utah. To schedule a free 15-minute consultation to discuss your issue with a lawyer, please call me at 801-386-5893 or send me an email.

Military or Veteran discount 25 percent off of my hourly rates for any work done.

I am David R. Hartwig, Esq., a Salt Lake City attorney with extensive experience helping parents resolve simple or high-conflict custody issues reaching arrangements that work for children and parents. Child custody involves parent-time and visitation schedules, and can affect support. I help in all of these areas, providing comprehensive service clients need to achieve their custody goals.

Factors In Child Custody Decisions

As an experienced Utah child custody lawyer, I understand that custody cases may become a contentious issue even years after an order is finalized. The trend in Utah toward joint custody often creates messy, unworkable situations, which ultimately lead to enforcement issues when parents do not abide by their custody orders.

The best interests of the child must be considered, including:

• Whether joint legal or physical custody will benefit the child's physical, psychological and emotional needs, or the child's development

• The parents' ability to give first priority to the child's welfare, and reach shared decisions in the child's best interest

• Whether each parent is capable of encouraging and accepting a positive relationship between the child and the other parent

• Whether both parents participated in raising the child before the divorce

• The distance between the parents' homes

• The parents' maturity and their willingness and ability to protect the child from conflict that may arise between the parents

• The parents' ability to cooperate with each other and make decisions jointly

• Any history of, or potential for, child abuse, spouse abuse, or kidnapping

• Any other factors the court finds relevant

Despite the complicated and sensitive nature of custody matters, I have helped many clients successfully establish custody orders.

Get Help With Your Child Custody Issue

If you have a child custody issue, please contact me, David R. Hartwig, Esq. I am an experienced Salt Lake City custody lawyer dedicated to helping clients resolve complex custody issues and implement necessary custody orders. For high-conflict cases, I am also one of the few Utah child custody modification attorneys trained as a Special Master for ongoing dispute resolution.


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