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Determining Child Support & Alimony

The state of Utah has specific guidelines that determine the correct amount of child support that should be paid in order to ensure that your child receives proper care. Both parents carry the responsibility for financially supporting the child until age 18.

I am David R. Hartwig, Esq., and I can assist with obtaining child support or alimony or help you modify an order. I have more than 30 years of experience representing parents in Salt Lake City and throughout Utah with child support and spousal support issues.

Calculating Child Support

Child support orders are based on statutory guidelines. The court also considers several factors when determining a fair child support amount, including:

  • The incomes of both parents
  • The child custody arrangement
  • Any special needs of the children or parents

You can request a modification of child support if circumstances change over time. If you lose your job or either parent has a change in income, you may be able to request a modification. However, it is important to request the change as soon as possible because any modification can only be backdated to the date of the request, not the date of the change in circumstances.

How Is Alimony Determined?

The initial alimony settlement is based on the circumstances that existed at the time of your divorce. Factors considered when determining alimony include:

  • Ability to pay
  • Financial need of the recipient
  • Both spouses' earning capacity
  • Length of marriage
  • Child custody

A significant change in circumstances can result in a modification of alimony. Remarriage and cohabitation can impact alimony awards so it is important to be open and honest about your current and future living arrangements with your attorney.

Discuss Your Case With An Attorney

Having a lawyer on your side can go a long way in protecting your rights and best interests. I provide honest legal advice you can trust so you always know what to expect. To schedule a consultation, call 801-833-0822 or contact me online*.

*$50 Consultation Fee Applies.

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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