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Retirement, Investments & Divorce

Retirement accounts and investment accounts are considered marital property in Utah and, as such, should be divided equitably between the two spouses as part of their property division settlement. Valuation and distribution of these types of accounts can become quite complicated and you would be well-advised to seek the help of an experienced attorney.

How Are Retirement And Investment Accounts Divided?

Once an accurate value is determined for the retirement and investment accounts, a qualified domestic relations order, or QDRO, is submitted to the plan administrator with instructions for how the benefits are to be distributed and when they are to be paid. In some instances, the spouses may agree on other property division stipulations in lieu of dividing retirement accounts.

I have experience in these matters and will work on your behalf to obtain the most favorable settlement possible given your unique circumstances. I also help clients in areas of law related to retirement, including estate planning and wills. I handle all aspects of your case personally so you can feel confident that everything is being done efficiently and professionally.

Questions About Your Accounts? Contact Me.

At the office of David R. Hartwig, Esq. in Salt Lake City, Utah, I help people throughout the state seek a fair and equitable agreement for distributing their retirement accounts. I have been an attorney since 1984 and I'm a trained mediator. It is my commitment to help you reach agreement on these issues in the most stress-free manner possible.

Contact my office to schedule a meeting to discuss your retirement, probate or property division questions. I am available during regular business hours or by appointment.

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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