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You cannot have one attorney represent both husband and wife in a divorce.  It is a conflict of interest.  If an attorney represented two parties in a dissolution, divorce, annulment or legal separation, he or she would be subject to discipline for ethical violations.  Attorneys know this or should know this.  If you think both you and your spouse are being represented by the same attorney, think again.  Ask yourself this – who signed a fee agreement with the Attorney?  That person is the client.  That is the ONLY person an attorney is representing.

A Divorce Lawyer Knows

Attorneys generally try to be pretty clear about this, but unfortunately, sometimes people believe their spouse rather than what the attorney says.  Even though an unrepresented party in an Utah dissolution must sign an acknowledgement saying that the attorney represents only their spouse and not both parties, sometimes people believe that the acknowledgment is “just paperwork”.  It’s not just paperwork, it’s real, and I can tell you, as a Utah divorce attorney we want things done right. If there is only one attorney involved and you did not sign a fee agreement with that attorney, then you do not have an attorney and your spouse is the only person getting legal advice about his or her best interest.  You are entitled to represent yourself in a dissolution.  Each spouse can have their own attorney, each spouse can choose not to get an attorney, or one spouse can hire an attorney, but in Utah you cannot have one attorney representing both spouses in a dissolution, divorce, legal separation or annulment.  For more information about deciding whether or not you need an attorney to handle your divorce.

Salt Lake County Divorce Attorney

Grounds for Divorce. There must be grounds for dissolution, just like divorce.  Generally, people agree to the “no-fault” ground of incompatibility.  There are 8 grounds for ending a marriage in Utah, but once parties start going down the blame path things generally start to disintegrate.

Is either spouse going to pay spousal support to the other? Spousal support is a touchy subject.  Nobody likes being court ordered to pay spousal support.  But when reaching agreement on this issue, the sensible approach is to look at what a judge would decide if the parties cannot agree.  To learn more about spousal support, or alimony, in Utah.

If spousal support is going to be paid

  • How much spousal support will be paid per month?
  • Have the parties planned for the tax effect of spousal support?
  • How long will spousal support (or alimony) be paid?
  • Under what conditions will spousal support stop?
    • Death of the recipient only (payable by the estate)?
    • Death of either party?
    • Remarriage of the recipient?
    • Cohabitation of the recipient?
    • Expiration of the period of years?
  • Will spousal support obligations be insured with a life insurance policy?
  • If life insurance is to insure the obligations, who will pay for the life insurance?
  • If the parties have no children and no child support is being paid, spousal support can be paid, but is not required to be paid, directly to the recipient.  Will spousal support be paid through wage withholding or directly to the recipient?
  • Is the amount of spousal support that will be received set out in a Prenuptial Agreement (aka Antenuptial Agreement, or “prenup”)?
  • If a Prenuptial Agreement dictates how much spousal support will be paid, or how much spousal support will be paid, is that amount still fair in light of the parties’ current circumstances? (The keyword here is unconscionable – and whether the amount is unconscionable is determined based on the parties’ circumstances at the time the marriage ends, not the time the marriage begins).

 

  • Health Insurance:
  • If health insurance is provided through one spouse’s employer, are COBRA benefits available to allow the other spouse to keep their health insurance?
  • If COBRA is available, how much does it cost?
  • Is either spouse going to seek COBRA coverage?  If so, who will pay for it?
  • If COBRA coverage is not available, does the spouse who will be losing coverage have health insurance available through his or her employer?
  • If private health insurance is necessary for the spouse losing coverage, how much does it cost?
  • If the parties have children, who will provide health insurance for the children after the dissolution?
  • What percentage of co-pays and other costs for the children’s medical care which are not covered by insurance will each parent pay?
  • Are medical care expenses going to include dental, psychological, counseling and other expenses?

Free Consultation with a Divorce Lawyer

If you have a question about divorce law or if you need to start or defend against a divorce case in Utah call Ascent Law at (801) 676-5506. We will help you.

Michael R. Anderson, JD

Ascent Law LLC
8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

Telephone: (801) 676-5506
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Salt Lake County, Utah

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Salt Lake County
Salt Lake County
Utah Supreme Court at Scott M. Matheson Court House in Salt Lake City

Utah Supreme Court at Scott M. Matheson Court House in Salt Lake City
Official logo of Salt Lake County

Map of Utah highlighting Salt Lake County

Location within the U.S. state of Utah
Map of the United States highlighting Utah

Utah’s location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 40°40′N 111°56′W
Country  United States
State  Utah
Founded January 31, 1850
Named for Great Salt Lake
Seat Salt Lake City
Largest city Salt Lake City
Area

 
 • Total 807 sq mi (2,090 km2)
 • Land 742 sq mi (1,920 km2)
 • Water 65 sq mi (170 km2)  8.1%
Population

 (2020)
 • Total 1,185,238
 • Density 1,500/sq mi (570/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional districts 2nd3rd4th
Website slco.org

Salt Lake County is located in the U.S. state of Utah. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 1,185,238,[1] making it the most populous county in Utah. Its county seat and largest city is Salt Lake City, the state capital.[2] The county was created in 1850.[3] Salt Lake County is the 37th most populated county in the United States and is one of four counties in the Rocky Mountains to make it into the top 100. (Others being Denver County and El Paso County, Colorado and Clark County, Nevada.) Salt Lake County is the only county of the first class in Utah – under the Utah Code (Title 17, Chapter 50, Part 5) is a county with a population of 700,000 or greater.[4]

Salt Lake County occupies the Salt Lake Valley, as well as parts of the surrounding mountains, the Oquirrh Mountains to the west and the Wasatch Range to the east (essentially the entire Jordan River watershed north of the Traverse Mountains). In addition, the northwestern section of the county includes part of the Great Salt Lake. The county is noted for its ski resortsSalt Lake City won the bid to host the 2002 Winter Olympics. Salt Lake County is the central county of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. Sustained drought in Utah has more recently strained Salt Lake County’s water security and has caused the Great Salt Lake level drop to record low levels.[5][6]

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John Logan

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We've gotten divorce and child custody work from Ascent Law since the beginning because of my ex. We love this divorce firm! Staff is gentle, friendly and skilled. Tanya knows her stuff. Nicole is good and Ryan is fun. Really, all the staff here are careful, kind and flexible. They always answer all my questions, explain what they're doing and provide great legal services. I personally think they are the best for divorce in Utah.

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Jacqueline Hunting

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I have had an excellent experience with Ascent Law, Michael Reed is an absolutely incredible attorney. He is 100% honest and straight forward through the entire legal process of things, he also has a wonderful approach to helping better understand certain agreements, rights, and legal standing of matters, to where it was easy to know whats going on the entire process. I appreciate the competency, genuine effort put forth, and assistance I received from Ascent and attorney Michael Reed, and I will be calling these guys if ever I have the need again for their legal assistance! 5star review Wonderful attorneys!

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Anthony Ziegler

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This review is well deserved for Ryan and Josh. New clients should know they are worth the 5 star rating we give them. We needed 2 sessions from them because of the complexity of the matter, but they are both very passionate about his helping others in need.  My sister needed bankruptcy and I needed divorce.  Sometimes they go hand in hand but a large shout out to this team - also Nicole is one of the sweetest people you ever did meet - she offered me warm cookies!

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Thomas Parkin

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Mike Anderson and his colleagues & staff are knowledgeable, attentive and caring. In a difficult and complex case that eventually went to trial, Mike was the voice of reason and the confidence I needed. His courtroom abilities are amazing and I felt his defense of me was incredible. His quick thinking and expertise allowed for a positive result when I felt the World was crumbling. His compassion, after the case, has helped me return to a good life. I trust Mike and his staff. They are friendly and very good at what they do.

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Yeran Merry

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I worked with Attorney Alex and Paralegal Ami in my divorce case. I got to know the team very well over the course of two years. I cannot think of a better team to have worked with. Ami and Alex are not only exceptional law professions who are very knowledgeable and thorough, they are also the best human beings who empathize with the emotions I was experiencing. Alex was conscious of my budget and worked efficiently to try to reduce unnecessary legal expenses. My case also involved some dealings with a foreign country that Alex and his team had previously dealt with.  They did an amazing job addressing cultural barriers in a very respectful manner and did not fall short in quality of work or in standards when dealing with some of these new challenges. Ami deserves a medal for being extremely professional, calming, and compassionate when it is needed most.  When you need family law attorneys, call this firm. I now feel I can move forward with grace and dignity.

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About the Author

People who want a lot of Bull go to a Butcher. People who want results navigating a complex legal field go to a Lawyer that they can trust. That’s where I come in. I am Michael Anderson, an Attorney in the Salt Lake area focusing on the needs of the Average Joe wanting a better life for him and his family. I’m the Lawyer you can trust. I grew up in Utah and love it here. I am a Father to three, a Husband to one, and an Entrepreneur. I understand the feelings of joy each of those roles bring, and I understand the feeling of disappointment, fear, and regret when things go wrong. I attended the University of Utah where I received a B.A. degree in 2010 and a J.D. in 2014. I have focused my practice in Wills, Trusts, Real Estate, and Business Law. I love the thrill of helping clients secure their future, leaving a real legacy to their children. Unfortunately when problems arise with families. I also practice Family Law, with a focus on keeping relationships between the soon to be Ex’s civil for the benefit of their children and allowing both to walk away quickly with their heads held high. Before you worry too much about losing everything that you have worked for, before you permit yourself to be bullied by your soon to be ex, before you shed one more tear in silence, call me. I’m the Lawyer you can trust.