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David R. Hartwig, Esq.
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Innovative Solutions For Complex Property Division

Property division can be one of the most complex and contentious areas in a divorce proceeding. The law in Utah states that any property or debts acquired during the marriage should be divided equitably between the two spouses upon divorce. “Equitable” means “fair” but that does not necessarily mean a 50-50 split. With the exception of certain assets and debts, most of the real estate, vehicles and other assets you or your spouse acquired while you were married will be subject to an equitable distribution.

Obtaining as much knowledge as you can concerning the legal framework governing marital property division and the proper characterization of property obtained before and after marriage can help you assert your interests and protect your fair share of marital assets.

Protecting Your Interests

Reaching a property division settlement can be challenging because one first needs to separate personal assets from marital assets and then assign a fair value to the marital assets to be distributed. However, these challenges can give rise to opportunities in the hands of an experienced attorney. I, attorney David R. Hartwig, Esq., can competently lead you through this process and advocate for your needs and interests.

The Experience You Need

At my law office in Salt Lake City, Utah, I have helped people across the state to reach a reasonable, equitable property division settlement. I have been an attorney since 1984, and I am a trained mediator. It is usually a much better solution for divorcing couples to reach a property division agreement on their own rather than letting the courts decide for you. As your attorney, I can negotiate on your behalf for the best possible property division settlement depending on your unique circumstances. I can also serve as an impartial third party to help you and your spouse reach agreement in the matter.

What Is Commingled Property?

Another issue that sometimes needs to be addressed in property division discussions is commingling. If you inherited money or received money as a gift and spent it on home remodeling or your spouse’s education, those funds are considered commingled and you may be able to receive special consideration in the settlement for it.

Let Me Assess Your Situation

Contact my office online or call 801-833-0822 to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your asset division concerns. As a skilled Utah property division lawyer, I am able to obtain values for your property as well as help to ensure they are divided according to your goals. I provide personalized service to every client and handle every aspect of your case myself.

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.