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David R. Hartwig, Esq.
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Getting It Right The Second Time

If there was an error in your trial that contributed to a judgment that negatively impacted you, there may be grounds for an appeal in your case. Civil appeals in Utah must be presented within a narrow time limit, in a specific manner, and provide specific information in order to be successful. If you are considering an appeal, be sure you have an experienced attorney who has been there before.

Setting You Up For Success

The keys to success in a civil appeal are a knowledge of the law and procedure, a strong appellate brief, and the ability to deliver a compelling oral argument. I have been an attorney since 1984, and I have represented numerous clients in appellate cases over the years. I know what works and what doesn’t in these cases. I endeavor to keep up with current case law and publish comments on new cases regularly. I know what points to make in order to be successful, and I know what to avoid.

Personalized Service

Let me put my experience to work for you. I am proud of the personalized service I provide to each client I serve. I will keep you up to date on the appeal process, and I work to answer your questions within one business day. I handle every aspect of your appeal myself so you can rest assured that everything possible is being done to reach a favorable outcome.

Get Help With Your Appeal

At the office of David R. Hartwig, Esq., in Salt Lake City, I help people in Utah and elsewhere with civil appeals in a wide variety of legal areas. I have handled appeals in the Utah Court of Appeals and in the Utah Supreme Court. To see some representative cases I have handled, click here.

If you feel that you lost your case because of an error during the trial, contact my office via email or call 801-833-0822 to schedule an appointment to discuss the matter in more detail. I will give you an honest assessment of your case and let you know if I can help.

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.