Salt Lake City Family Law Firm Guides Clients Through a Range of Matters

Utah lawyer protects clients’ interests in adoptions, divorce and other domestic concerns

Because family law matters can impact your loved ones for many years into the future, you need an experienced attorney in your corner who is focused on results. At the Law Office of Brent R. Chipman in Salt Lake City, I am a family lawyer with more than 42 years of experience handling family law cases involving divorce, custody, adoption and more. You can trust that I will help you navigate your matter and give you the confidence you need to move forward with the next chapter of your life.

What are the key matters involved in a divorce proceeding?

When your marriage is coming to an end, it can take a significant emotional and financial toll on everyone involved. You can trust my law firm to advocate for you throughout the divorce process as you work to settle various issues, such as:

  • Child custody — Divorcing couple who have children must prioritize their well-being when separating. I will aggressively advocate for your child’s best interests and your parental rights in child custody and visitation matters, pushing for an arrangement that works for you and your son or daughter.
  • Child support — Both parents must financially support their child, even if they are no longer married. Whether you are the paying spouse or the custodial parent who will be receiving payments, I will advocate for a fair award and assist with the modification and enforcement of child support should circumstances warrant a change.
  • Property division — The Utah courts employ the principle of equitable distribution to divide marital assets, which doesn’t necessarily mean an even split. My firm will advocate for a fair division of assets.
  • Spousal support — Either spouse in Utah can request alimony, also referred to as spousal support, to help them financially after the divorce. This is based on a variety of factors and I will make sure you understand your rights so that we can work towards a fair arrangement.

Not all divorces require contentious court battles. Many of these issues can be resolved through alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation. I can provide you with mediation representation and advocate for your interests as you and your ex seek to come to agreements on key divorce terms.

The purpose of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

My law firm assists clients with creating prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, which are legal contracts designed to control the distribution of assets in the event of divorce. It may not seem like the most romantic notion, planning for a divorce so early on, but it is always wise to have a plan in place that allows you and your spouse to avoid the pain of a potentially messy divorce. Prenups and postnups can also include your preferences for a custody schedule, though that will ultimately have to be approved by the court.

Helping prospective parents with the adoption process

While adopting a child is an exciting life event, the process can be extremely laborious. If you’re looking to add to your family through adoption, whether it be private, international or some other type, I can walk you through the steps involved so that you can focus on the excitement of a new child.  

Contact a knowledgeable Salt Lake City family lawyer for an initial consultation

At the Law Office of Brent R. Chipman in Salt Lake City, you can rest assure that I care deeply about your family law matter and will diligently represent your interests. Call 801-797-1456 or contact me online for an initial consultation.