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Does your divorce attorney return you calls, or explain things? Be proactive!

On Behalf of | Nov 10, 2016 | Uncategorized

Despite having previously published a post about the need for attorneys to be responsive by returning client calls and emails, as well as taking the time to explain things to clients involved in divorce, family law, or other cases, and provide copies of all pleadings and papers to the client. I have experienced a recent resurgence in people consulting me due to those kinds of problems. In the past couple of weeks four people have contacted me because their attorneys do not return their calls or emails, and when I ask questions about their cases, those people don’t know what is going on with their case, or even have copies of the case pleadings and papers. They also have not received bills, so they don’t know where their money is going.

If this is you, you may want to think about what is going on. In my opinion, you need to be involved in your case, after all it is your case, and be proactive in obtaining the results you desire.

When I work for a client, I am doing just that — working for that person. I always endeavor to respond to any telephone message, or email, within one business day. I provide my client with copies of all pleadings and correspondence. And, I give my client  a monthly billing statement that provides the details of all work, and charges, incurred during the prior month. I don’t push my clients off to a paralegal or assistant when my clients want answers or advice.

After all, it is your case! You need to be involved, and you need to have all of your questions answered so that you can make intelligent choices in mediation, settlement, or going to trial. Take charge and be proactive in your case.

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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