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David R. Hartwig, Esq.
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De-Escalating Conflict

During a divorce or sometimes even after a family law case is finalized, hurt feelings and bitterness can keep one or both former spouses from moving on. Every little issue regarding custody, visitation (or parent-time schedule) and spousal support can quickly turn into an argument.

A high-conflict case involves a person who has a high-conflict personality. For a more detailed discussion go to High-conflict Divorce / High-conflict Personality.

Helping You Through Tough Circumstances

The truth is that divorce or paternity problems might never truly go away. These kinds of problems include:

  • Frequent change of jobs or moving around, resulting in the need to modify the existing child custody, visitation or child support order
  • Problems associated with visitation, including picking up and dropping off on time, failure to agree on what the court order means or when the children do not want to visit a parent
  • Failure to pay medical or day care costs
  • Failure to pay costs associated with visitation
  • Remarriage of a parent

Post-judgment conflict is difficult on everyone involved. These ongoing battles can drain you financially and emotionally and quickly fill the court system. In these high-conflict cases, Utah courts have made increasing use of Special Masters. Special Masters are authorized by party agreement to make determinations for frequent, ongoing custody, or other related, disputes. As I am one of few lawyers trained as a Special Master, I can be appointed by courts and parties alike. Becoming a Special Master requires additional training, and I am one of the few family law attorneys to receive the certification.

Parental Alienation And Interference Matters

Parental alienation occurs when one parent actively or passively alienates the other parent in the eyes of the children. When this happens to you, I will work hard to protect your rights.

Similarly, I can help in cases of custodial interference, which occurs when someone who knows that he or she does not have a legal right to custody, nevertheless takes custody of a child from another person. It can also happen when a parent withholds a child from the parent who is deemed to have sole (or joint) custody by court order.

I Am Ready To Help

Contact me, David R. Hartwig, Esq., a Salt Lake City-based attorney who can assist with divorce, post-judgment conflicts and other high-conflict issues. If your final order did not mean the end of conflict, it is important to have a skilled lawyer in your corner. I will do everything I can to resolve all conflicts as quickly and painlessly as possible after post-judgment conflict.

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.