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David R. Hartwig, Esq.
Family Law & Divorce
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Proving Paternity

If you have a child, and are not married to the other parent, there are many problems and issues to handle. You need to determine child support, custody and parent time, health insurance, day care, and other related issues. Plus, the identity of the father may come into question.

I will guide you through your legal options and be on your side protecting your rights. Regardless of which side of the case you are on, I will fight to protect your interests and work to ensure that you are treated fairly. I do work for fathers and mothers, because each parent has rights and obligation concerning the child, and each parent deserves the best representation. Great parents raise great children.

Addressing Your Legal Concerns

I will help you through the process of establishing paternity, including paternity testing. I will also help you resolve any other issues you may also face, which can include:

  • Child custody, visitation and parent time
  • Child support
  • Health insurance for the child and costs of birth
  • Day care
  • Modifications of child support
  • Enforcement of child support orders

With more than 30 years of experience representing parents in Utah, and in other states, I will help you understand your specific situation and be on your side to make sure your parental rights are protected and that you understand all of your legal options. I understand that you may have questions, and I will address your concerns with strong and honest legal advice.

Contact Me for a Consultation.

I will walk you through your options so you know where you stand and what to expect.

Send me an email or call me at 801-833-0822 to discuss your specific legal situation.

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.