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

Family Law And The Military

Military Families Are Unique

Family law cases involving service members raise a number of unique issues, from understanding the pay structure, deployment issues and retirement. I understand the distinctions of military retirements, such as the fact that it is not a retirement in the traditional sense (the service member must actually retire), to the fact that even if the spouse was not married for 10 years of service, the spouse can still make claims for the retirement, though not being paid through DFAS. I also understand military residency, the ability to designate a state of residence while on active duty and assigned to bases in other places. Whether you live on base at Hill or Dugway, or in any of the surrounding areas like Ogden, Farmington, Salt Lake City or Tooele, I understand the issues specific to military families and can work with you.

Experience With Military Issues

I have handled divorce, custody, retirement and protective order cases for service members, military retirees, and veterans in Salt Lake City, Farmington, Provo and Ogden to name a few towns. My experience runs from assisting a service member who obtained his professional degree through the military and was being commissioned and posted to his first duty station in a divorce, with custody issues, through assisting an active-duty service member defeat a child protective order accusing the service member of abusing the child. I have assisted with retirement and support issues. And, I have been involved in appeals concerning military service in a family law setting. I have been involved in cases involving the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, and Utah's statute concerning visitation issues during deployment. In my 30-plus years of experience, I have helped a number of service members in a wide range of cases. Those cases were heard in Weber, Davis, Tooele, Salt Lake and Provo counties. So, I do travel and appear where needed.

I'm A Veteran Who Serves Veterans

As a veteran, I served on active duty from 1971 through 1975, and was offered E-6 (sonar technician, first class) rating if I extended, I know what it is to serve. To that end, and in recognition of all who have served, I offer a 20 percent discount off of my regular hourly rate in representing active-duty service members or veterans (general discharge or better). All I need is a copy of your active-duty military service, or your DD 214.

Contact me online or call me at 801-833-0822 to schedule a consultation. I provide the quality legal representation you need during this difficult time. And remember, I get back to my clients within one business day.

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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