Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death

Because I am a Wrongful Death Lawyer in Utah, I pay attention to what is going on in the legal community. For example, two Arizona families are suing Polaris on wrongful death charges after two women died in an ATV accident in Moab Utah, a popular off-roading location a few hours southeast of Salt Lake City. The ATV, a Ranger 800 model, caught fire and burned the two women to death after it tipped over. The sheriff’s investigators determined the cause of the fire to be a broken fuel neck that hit the ground and broke when the ATV tipped.


The attorney said that 28-year-old Destiny Dixon and 51-year-old Debbie Swann were burned to death before they could remove their seatbelts. “Right before [friends] could get there, it burst into flames and there was nothing they could do. Everybody who was with Debbie and Destiny had to watch them burn to death,” he said in a statement.

The plaintiffs’ lawyer has filed three lawsuits against Polaris for problems with their ATVs. The other two lawsuits involved people who were also burned but survived.

Polaris has been issuing recalls on their vehicles. About 51,000 vehicles have been recalled because of a heat shield that can fall off and cause fires, which led to 13 reported incidents and five reported fires. Another recall was for 3,800 ATVs that have a problem with their electronic power steering that can be a crash hazard.

Polaris responded to the wrongful death charges with a statement that the “investigation and all available information confirms that the accident was not caused by any defect… The accident in this case took place in an area commonly referred to as Tip-Over Challenge, a highly technical and extreme riding area.”

The lawyer’s firm has a separate page dedicated to Polaris vehicle files that includes links to several recent recalls of their ATVs. This wrongful death suit is filed in Minnesota, the location of Polaris’ headquarters.


You’ve been a diligent driver. Your car is registered in beautiful South Jordan, Utah and your car insurance has you fully covered if you’re ever in an auto accident. But what happens if your car is in an accident and you’re not the driver? What do you do if your cousin Bianca wrecks your car? Before you call your lawyer, here are a few guidelines on how insurance coverage works with other drivers.


Technically, you’re not insured — your car is. When filling out your insurance information, you are asked who is an eligible driver in your household. With a few exceptions, everyone you put down is covered as a driver for your car; however, this only applies if you have them on the insurance. If your son turns 16 and gets his driver’s license, as is the legal age in South Jordan, a lawyer will tell you to get him added on to your insurance immediately. Nothing makes an auto accident worse than if everyone walks away and you find out your insurance won’t cover it.


If the person driving your car is not part of your household, don’t call your lawyer yet. In this case, the insurance still applies to the car with the alternate driver’s insurance acting as a supplement. Say your best friend needs to borrow your four-door to haul the new table she just picked up; if an auto accident happens, first your insurance steps in and covers the damage up to your deductible, then if there’s any left over her insurance takes over and covers the rest. It can be complicated, but its best to assume that if the other party has car insurance everything will work out fine.


In the rare case that your car is stolen off the streets of St. George, you are not liable for any damage to property or other vehicles. Your car insurance will have to cover any damage to your vehicle. If a friend or family member not on your insurance borrows the car without your permission, then any damage is on their coverage — and yours will fill in the gaps. A warning though — if you neglect a driver from your insurance that lives inside your home and he does not have his own insurance, you will be held liable for all damages in an auto accident. That’s the time to call your lawyer, as well as find some other living arrangements. Herriman has plenty of places for people who wreck other people’s cars without insurance.

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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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Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries

There are so many sports kids can get involved in nowadays. One season you may be a soccer mom, the next you’re cheering at a football game and finally, you’re in the stands at a gymnastics meet. As your children grow up playing any number of sports, personal injury cases are going to be inevitable.

Do you have any rights when there is a Sports Injury?

As an Injury Lawyer, I’ve reviewed the statistics and there are three and a half million kids under the age of 14 who receive medical attention for sports injuries each year. More than half of these injuries occur during practice, rather than a game. Individual sports, such as gymnastics, usually see more severe injuries. Contact sport injuries occur more often. Children should be aware, in order to stay safer in practice and be able to make it to those games.

Personal Injury Lawsuit

Children are typically covered by their parent’s insurance policy. It is possible to file a third-party claim under the liability of the organization or business responsible for the injury.

If your child does acquire a personal injury, you may want to hire a lawyer to discuss your options. Insurance will typically only cover the child’s medical treatment. That leaves a lack of compensation for any other kind of pain and suffering they may be going through.

Filing for a Personal Lawsuit

If you are seeking compensation outside of basic medical treatment, you will need to hire a personal injury lawyer who will assist you when it comes to filing a claim. They will help you figure out who contributed to your child’s personal injury and what, if anything, they are responsible to pay for.

For example, you can file a lawsuit against insufficiently trained employees, unsafe equipment, inadequate supervision and several other minor factors.

Playing sports can be fun for your kids. What’s not fun is when they have a life-changing personal injury. If your child has suffered from an injury because of someone else, they can receive compensation—contact one of our attorneys to find out how.


As parents, when you’re considering sending your child to summer camp, many worries come to mind. Will your child miss you? How can you know he or she will be safe?

But when you’re a parent of a child with asthma, that worry increases tenfold. What if your child doesn’t have her inhaler when her asthma is triggered?

Too many people have dealt with a wrongful death lawyer as a result of a poorly handled asthma attack. By staying aware of the risks and teaching your child what to do in case of emergency, you can sleep soundly knowing that no matter where she hikes in Salt Lake or Bountiful, Utah, she’ll know how to take care of her asthma.


Any asthmatics can tell you that the best tool they have in their arsenal is their awareness. By knowing what sets off an asthma attack, asthmatics can better prepare for when they’re on the trails of St. George.

Summer brings an increase in pollen count. This increase can actually make allergies to peaches, melons, apples and celery worse than usual. Any wrongful death lawyer can tell you that the best way to increase your awareness is by allergy testing. There’s no reason to just “grin and bear it.”


The “wheezing for air” feeling is a nightmare for asthmatics. When your child is running through the national parks in Sandy, Utah, she can easily forget to pack her inhaler. Through a few tips and tricks, you can teach your child to manage her asthma when she doesn’t have the proper medicine.

The three phrases your child should remember is to move away, breathe and stay calm.

She needs to move away from the allergens irritating her. She needs to remember the proper breathing technique to get hyperventilation under control — small breath in and out, hold her breath until the first signs of air hunger and then breathe normally. Lastly but most importantly, she needs to stay calm.

With these simple hacks, your child will stay happy and healthy all summer long, and you won’t have a need to contact a wrongful death lawyer.

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It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. Legal problems come to everyone. Whether it’s your son who gets in a car wreck, your uncle who loses his job and needs to file for bankruptcy, your sister’s brother who’s getting divorced, or a grandparent that passes away without a will -all of us have legal issues and questions that arise. So when you have a law question, call Ascent Law for your free consultation (801) 676-5506. We want to 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

Premarital Agreements

Premarital Agreements

For many couples, divorce raises a variety of questions and concerns, such as legal matters related to the custody of children and child support. However, the distribution of marital property is an especially important issue for many people who are splitting up with their spouse in Salt Lake City, and cities throughout all of Utah. When it comes to property division, it is important for people to understand various factors that could affect their property, such as a premarital agreement.

If a couple going through divorce signed a premarital agreement, the contract may affect how their property is divided, according to the Utah Courts. While premarital agreements cannot dictate costs related to child care or child support, they can have an impact on income, retirement benefits and real property, among other assets. These agreements take effect when a couple ties the knot and are recognized, so long as they are valid.


According to the Utah State Legislature, each party must sign a premarital agreement in writing. However, if a couple wishes to have their premarital agreement revoked or modified, they can do so by mutually signing a written contract. Changing or eliminating a premarital agreement can have a significant impact on how courts divide marital property. Under certain circumstances, premarital agreements are unenforceable, such as those which were signed involuntarily.

The division of a couple’s marital property can affect the entire family. As a result, it is essential for people who are preparing to separate from their spouse to carefully assess the ins and outs of their situation.


Given that the best interests of the child are at the heart of every Utah family law case, legislators and family law attorneys alike continually strive to promote conflict resolution and effective communication between parents and families. Consequently, state guidelines regarding child custody and visitation are sometimes created and/or amended to be more practical and effective. In fact, the state legislature is set to consider a proposed bill that would have a direct impact on families across the state.

The Judiciary Interim Committee of the Utah legislature recently considered a draft of a proposed piece of legislation intended to increase the amount of visitation time that noncustodial parents have with their children. The proposed bill was reportedly drafted in order to reduce divorce-related litigation by resolving some points of conflict between parents, according to one source. And while the committee had yet to make a decision on the proposed bill, it is expected to be considered by the legislature next year.

The proposed piece of legislation would allow a family law judge to decide whether a noncustodial parent is capable of maintaining longer periods of parenting times. Several factors would be taken into consideration in the matter, including the schedule flexibility of the parent and his or her ability to care for the child after school. The bill would also mandate that the noncustodial parent in question illustrate his or her ability to communicate effectively with the child’s custodial parent and be active in the child’s life.

Ultimately, the proposed measure would allow noncustodial parents to pick their children up from school on Friday and bring them directly to school on Monday, instead of conducting exchanges at the custodial parent’s house.

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When you need legal help, or a premarital agreement 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

Divorce Lawyer Near Me

Divorce Lawyer Near Me

In Utah, many couples going through divorce choose mediation rather than the more traditional litigation. You might find many benefits by taking this path, including a reduction in time and costs, according to the Utah Courts. As a divorce lawyer, I can tell you that divorce can be long and difficult or fast and easy. Usually cases resolve in mediation. Some people wonder however, how final is the agreement that you may reach in mediation?


The agreement that you, your spouse and the mediator develops has the same power as an order from a judge, which basically means that it will be very difficult to change it once you sign it. This is because you have had a hand in creating it, and your name is on the document that is filed with the court. When you select this method, you and your spouse meet with an objective third party to discuss each issue that will be a part of the divorce agreement. This may include any property division, spousal support and custody arrangements.

You are not forced to stay in the procedure after you have begun it, however. Any party, including your mediator, has the right to terminate the process at any point, especially if you are not making adequate progress in coming up with a mutually acceptable agreement. For example, you and your spouse might disagree too much and therefore, need a different avenue for making decisions. Therefore, you might want to prepare for a trial in the early stages of the process just in case you decide later that you are unable to come into agreement with your spouse.

If you go through mediation and do not come up with a final resolution, then you will go back to the courts for litigation. This information is intended to only educate and should not be considered legal advice.


If significant changes have occurred to you or your child’s other parent’s circumstances, you may wish to have the grounds of your current child support agreement modified. It is important to be aware, though, that there are several requirements that must be met for the Utah family law court system to review a current child support order. You should also keep in mind that there is more than one option for pursuing child support modifications.

According to the Utah Courts, there are two primary forms that you can use to request a child support modification. A petition to modify child support provides several grounds for which changes may be warranted. While it is generally required that your current child support order be at least three years old for modifications to be considered, you may be able to file a petition if material changes in circumstance have occurred. Such material changes can include but are not limited to changes in:

  • Custody arrangements
  • The child’s medical needs
  • The custodial or noncustodial parent’s income
  • The child turns 18 or is emancipated

The other option is to file a motion to modify child support. Motions are generally only considered in cases where your current order is at least three years old and there is at least a 10 percent difference between the current and requested amount of support. Beyond that, the amount of child support that you request should be permanent and consistent with state guidelines.

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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

Paternity and ORS

For hundreds of thousands of military couples, extended and multiple deployments can take a toll. Military members, their families, and marriages suffer when one spouse is away. Divorce rates are the highest they have been since 1999, with nearly 30,000 military marriages ending last year. Now the Navy is making efforts to help couples adjust to life after deployment, and hopefully, take preventative measures to prevent divorce. Sometimes, if you are unwed, you need a Paternity Lawyer to help you with child support issues and custody.

Paternity and ORS

Deployment is stressful for any family and many couples have also had to deal with multiple deployments, personal changes, and even combat injury or disability. These significant life changes can impact a marriage and force couples into divorce. When a spouse returns home from deployment, adjusting to a new household can be stressful for the entire family.


When couples have lived apart for months or years, returning home can create additional issues. Family reunions can be highly emotional, but for many couples there is substantial anxiety associated with moving home after deployment. Many couples have reported feeling estranged and uncomfortable after a long deployment. Spouses left behind may feel overburdened. Military members often feel misunderstood or alone in their own homes. For those who suffer from PTSD or physical ailments, home conditions can be even more complicated.

Now, the US Navy is taking steps to address the challenge of military divorce during deployment as well as when service members return home, offering dozens of workshops to help couples cope with the stress of a military reunion and to prevent divorce. These workshops are part of the Navy’s effort to address the psychological health of service members and to improve the quality of relationships.

Military couples facing divorce should consider their options and also seek legal counsel in the event of divorce. If you are facing relationship struggles after a long-deployment or are considering divorce, an experienced attorney can help you protect your rights. One attorney, Trevor Fugate knows about these issues and he can help you navigate this situation.


When it comes to child support, there are a number of issues that parents may encounter. For example, a custodial parent could experience financial complications due to unpaid child support, while a non-custodial parent may be unable to pay child support or have questions regarding their obligations, such as what to do after being contacted by the Office of Recovery Services. In Salt Lake City, and across Utah, it is pivotal for people who are struggling with any problems related to child support to resolve the situation at once.

In Utah, the Office of Recovery Services has a number of functions, such as the enforcement of child support, finding parents who are absent, etc. On their website, they provide useful information for those with child support questions. If you are a man who is questioning whether or not you are the father of a child, it is critical to deal with the ORS properly. According to the ORS, men in this position should never ignore communication attempts by the ORS. For example, failure to appear at hearings and fill out documents could result in a court declaring that you are the father because you failed to inform the court of your disapproval. For fathers who question their paternity, the ORS provides genetic paternity testing to prove whether or not you are a child’s father and you may also want to contact an attorney.

It is important to keep in mind that this material was written for informational purposes and is not legal advice.

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If you need legal help with a military divorce, paternity or ORS issue, please call Ascent Law at (801) 676-5506 for your free consultation. 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

Terms of Use Terminology

Terms of Use Terminology

If you are familiarized with Privacy Policy Fundamentals, you should consider some of the common clauses and terminology that are located within the Terms of Use.  This information is provided for you by a Terms of Service Lawyer. The Terms of Use Agreement (aka: Terms of Service; Terms and Conditions) lays out the rules that website Users must follow when accessing the site, selects the governing law, and limits the liability of the website owner, among many other things.  Every website should have a Terms of Use in place, so it is important to understand the components contained in these agreements.

While it is good practice to draft the Terms of Use in “layman’s terms,” the agreements can still be difficult to digest.  Below is a high-level breakdown of fifteen common clauses and terminology that appear within Terms of Use Agreements:

  1. Owner – The first thing a Terms of Use should do is name the website’s owner (whether individual or corporate) so that Users know who the website belongs to.
  2. Modification – Next it is important to reserve the right for the website to modify the terms at any time.
  3. About the Website – This serves as a brief overview of how the website functions. What is the purpose of the website? What kind of services does the Website offer?  It is important for Users to understand what the website does in a nutshell.
  4. Warranties and Representations – You want the User to warrant (i.e. validate) that they are at least a certain age, typically no younger than 18. This protects the website owner from legal ramifications stemming from underage Users.
  5. Ownership of Website and License – Alerts the Users that the website owner has ownership (makes sense) of the website and associated content. Users are only granted a limited license to use the website for purposes stated in the Terms of Use.
  6. Account Creation, Payment, & Termination – Users need to know how to create and cancel their accounts on the website. Users also need to know how payments are processed and by who.  It is important to make clear that Users are solely responsible for keeping their account accurate and secure.
  7. User Generated Content (“UGC”) – This. Is. HUGE. If the website has any type of UGC, whether it is elaborate forums or simple reviews, there must be a UGC clause.  This clause indicates that Users own their UGC, but warrant that they will not upload any infringing (i.e. illegal) material.  It is also important for the website to be able to remove UGC at any time for any reason.
  8. Communications Decency Act – For liability purposes, websites do not want to be considered interactive computer service providers. If a User gets in trouble, the website wants to avoid getting in trouble too.
  9. Third Party Links & No Endorsement – Any links that go outside the website are not endorsed by the website in anyway.
  10. User Conduct – While the Terms of Use essentially centers upon User conduct, this is the clause that really spells everything out. Any activity (i.e. using a spider/scraper; threatening another user; transmitting illegal material; etc.) that the website does not want Users to undertake should be explicitly listed here.
  11. Disclaimer of Warranties & Limitation of Liability– “Disclaimers” foreclose responsibility and limit liability on behalf the website. These clauses include disclaimers that limit liability for any harm arising from the website, any errors or interruptions with the website’s services, and any damages that could result from liability, among others.
  12. Indemnification – To “indemnify” means to make compensation for incurred hurt, loss, or damage. This clause establishes that in the event of infringement, personal injury, or death that results from a User’s use of the website, the user will indemnify, or compensate, the website.
  13. Resolution of Dispute and Governing Law – This clause allows the website to select what state’s law governs the Terms of Use and where any legal proceedings will be held. This clause is particularly important to pay attention to because (1) the website owner wants to be able to control the forum state [don’t make the mistake of copying a Terms of Use, failing to update the state, and getting haled into a faraway court!] and (2) Users need to know how and where they can bring an action against the website.  Typically, website will elect for any grievances to be handled in arbitration, which is less laborious than litigation.
  14. Integration – You want to integrate your Terms of Use with your Privacy Policy so that they are both considered together.
  15. Notice – Users need a physical address and e-mail to contact the website regarding the Terms of Use.

Phew, Terms of Use certainly are lengthy!  Like mentioned above, this was just an (extremely) high level overview of Terms of Use terminology and clauses.  A complete Terms of Use has a more clauses and many more subtleties that need to be addressed according to the website’s specific needs.

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When you need legal help, call Ascent Law for your free intellectual property law consultation (801) 676-5506. We want to 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

Drug Distribution And Manufacturing Defense Attorneys

Drug Distribution And Manufacturing Defense Attorneys

Drug distribution, transportation and manufacturing are serious federal level criminal charges. If you’ve been charged with any type of a drug crime, you need a Drug Distribution Lawyer to help you. Overzealous Utah police officers targeting drug trafficking activity in the I-15 corridor frequently make serious mistakes and botch so-called “suicide load” investigations by violating 4th Amendment search and seizure rules and Miranda rights.

Drug Distribution And Manufacturing Charges

The criminal defense has drug distribution and manufacturing defense attorneys who offer straightforward legal advice and aggressive representation to clients facing federal drug charges of any type in Utah, including:

  • Drug distribution, importation and transportation (drug trafficking)
  • Drug cultivation and manufacturing charges (often known as “marijuana grow-house” or “meth lab” cases)
  • Possession with intent to sell or distribute large quantities of narcotics, methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, etc.
  • Prescription drug fraud or illegal sale or distribution of prescription drugs like Zanax, Vicodin, OxyContin, Adderall, etc.

Our experienced attorneys provide the same level of high-quality and aggressive defense representation to clients charged with crimes such as money laundering and conspiracy in connection with a federal drug distribution case.

Don’t Talk About a Deal Until You Talk To An Attorney

When you are accused of a federal drug crime like distribution or transportation, the FBI and federal prosecutors are counting on your fear of prison to encourage you to cut a deal. Don’t give up your rights without a fight.

A highly experienced and aggressive trial lawyer can go to work immediately to search for holes in the prosecution’s case – evidentiary and procedural errors that can stop the prosecution in its tracks, such as:

  • Police entrapment and the questionable use of witnesses and informants
  • Lack of probable cause for your arrest and the search of your person
  • Improper traffic stop and unwarranted search of your vehicle
  • An invalid or improperly executed search warrant on your property
  • Improper chemical testing of any drugs found
  • Breaks in the chain of custody of evidence crucial to the case

Field Tests

Garbage in, garbage out. This is an important principle to remember when considering the validity of DUI arrests based on field sobriety test results.

Failing a field sobriety test and a subsequent DUI arrest can be a shock, especially when you are sure you were not intoxicated. Failing a field sobriety test can convince some drivers that they are guilty of driving drunk when they were not. Few Utah drivers understand the haphazard way in which many field sobriety tests are administered and evaluated.

If you were charged with driving under the influence based on a failed field sobriety test, an experienced attorneys can provide you with the aggressive DUI defense representation you need to stay out of jail and keep a conviction off your record.

The Problem With Unreliable And Nonstandard Field Sobriety Tests

Drivers may not know that there are only three standard field sobriety tests, as follows:

  • Horizontal gaze nystagmus or bouncing vision test
  • Nine-step walk and turn test
  • One leg stand test

This means that if you were arrested for drunk driving on the basis of your inability to recite the alphabet backwards, the arresting officer has almost certainly violated police protocol. The result? You may have a strong case for having all charges dismissed.

Even in cases where the field sobriety test procedures were followed to the letter, there may still be powerful options for challenging the validity of the results:

  • Did the officers have reasonable suspicion to stop you?
  • Does their claim that you committed a traffic violation or equipment violation hold water?
  • Did they have probable cause to arrest you?
  • Did they conduct a Portable Breath Test (PBT, a type of breathalyzer test) before the field sobriety test, thus potentially influencing their assessment?

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If you need help with drug charges, please give our office a call for your free consultation (801) 676-5506. We want to 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

Child Support Lawyers Salt Lake City

A child support lаwуеr iѕ a lawyer whо саn hеlр уоu еѕtаbliѕh and enforce сhild ѕuрроrt рауmеntѕ. Thеѕе types оf lаwуеrѕ аrе available in еасh and every ѕtаtе in thе U.S. аnd you should nоt hаvе аnу diffiсultу in finding a сhild ѕuрроrt lаwуеr tо hеlр уоu with thingѕ whеn mаttеrѕ bесоmе too tоugh tо hаndlе.

Child Support Lawyers Salt Lake City

A child support lawyer is good to have on your side if you are fighting for child support. Without one, it’s like doing your own dental work. First, the lawyer will file all of the paperwork on your behalf so you don’t need to and the lawyer will make sure it’s done on time and in the right way. Second, the lawyer will also advise you on the course of action to take as necessary. If you are trying to establish the paternity of your child, the child support lawyer can assist you in that to. Sometimes, cases will go to mediation, we will help you with that too.

It iѕ nоt thаt difficult tо find a сhild ѕuрроrt lаwуеr. Yоu саn соnѕult a friеnd оr fаmilу mеmbеr who went thrоugh a similar рhаѕе in life or you can simply pick up the phone and call Ascent Law. Yоu саn also check the local рhоnе book if you can even find one. If these two mеthоdѕ оf finding a сhild ѕuрроrt lаwуеr do not wоrk, уоu саn аlwауѕ uѕе thе Internet tо find one. Hоwеvеr, уоu ѕhоuld gо tо a соuрlе оf сhild ѕuрроrt lаwуеrѕ so thаt уоu can соmраrе rates and еxреriеnсеѕ.

A child ѕuрроrt lаwуеr iѕ uѕеful if you hаvе nо knоwlеdgе about being a сuѕtоdiаl оr nоn-сuѕtоdiаl раrеnt. Your lаwуеr will givе уоu all thе infоrmаtiоn уоu need and will аlѕо аdviсе уоu on the wау fоrwаrd. A сhild support lаwуеr саn mаkе thingѕ еаѕу fоr you when it comes tо child ѕuрроrt enforcement. Hе wоuld knоw juѕt whаt to dо and hоw to do it, tаking a lоt оf burdеn аwау frоm уоu ѕо thаt уоu саn соnсеntrаtе оn уоur child аnd hiѕ well-being.

Whеn gоing thrоugh a divоrсе, mаnу things can аffесt your еmоtiоnаl state, ѕuсh аѕ уоur children, your finаnсiаl futurе аnd the well-being оf your fаmilу. If уоu аrе соnсеrnеd, ѕееk guidаnсе frоm a ѕkillеd аnd hоnеѕt аttоrnеу whо looks оut for уоur bеѕt intеrеѕt.

Keeping Your Needs in the Forefront

Child ѕuрроrt iѕ required in аll Utаh саѕеѕ involving minor сhildrеn, whether оr nоt раrеntѕ аrе mаrriеd, divоrсеd, оr unmаrriеd but in a lоng-tеrm rеlаtiоnѕhiр. It iѕ a common misconception thаt if a couple iѕ nоt mаrriеd, оnе раrеnt iѕ not еntitlеd tо child ѕuрроrt. There are lаwѕ аnd guidelines fоr сhild support in саѕеѕ whеrе a соurt order for a раtеrnitу tеѕt iѕ nееdеd tо determine еасh раrеnt’ѕ rightѕ.

Child ѕuрроrt isn’t just something аn ex-spouse рrоvidеѕ bесаuѕе it’ѕ niсе оr it’ѕ the right thing tо do. It’ѕ thе lаw. Sоmеtimеѕ parties try tо hidе income оr аѕѕеtѕ to make it lооk like thеу have nо mеаnѕ tо support a сhild in thеir сuѕtоdу or thаt thеу саnnоt аffоrd сhild support. Wе will protect уоur сhild’ѕ rightѕ and protect уоu from аn оvеr-rеасhing fоrmеr spouse whо may be dеmаnding mоrе thаn thеir fаir share оf your inсоmе.

Child Support Guidelines and Calculations in Utah

In thе ѕtаtе оf Utah, сhild ѕuрроrt iѕ based оn ѕtriсt guidеlinеѕ diсtаtеd bу thе ѕtаtе laws аnd ѕtаtutеѕ. Child ѕuрроrt рауmеntѕ are typically саlсulаtеd from a table thаt iѕ bаѕеd оn еасh раrеnt’ѕ inсоmе аnd the сuѕtоdу arrangement. Certain situations, such аѕ self-employment оr intentional misrepresentations, mау mаkе dеfining еасh раrеnt’ѕ monthly inсоmе a соmрlеx task requiring aggressive асtiоn.

If уоur fоrmеr spouse is nоt making сhild ѕuрроrt payments, уоu саnnоt dеnу раrеnt-timе, аlѕо knоwn as viѕitаtiоn, tо him оr hеr. Hоwеvеr, you саn sue fоr fаilurе to рау аnd fоr the amount owed in bасk payments. Attorneys аrе diligеnt in thеir еffоrtѕ tо соllесt оn bасk сhild ѕuрроrt аnd may bе аblе to rеԛuеѕt thаt аttоrnеу fees аrе inсludеd in thе аmоunt уоur fоrmеr ѕроuѕе оwеѕ.

Child Support Obligations and Modifications

If within certain parameters or if thе Divоrсе Dесrее ѕtаtеѕ оthеrwiѕе, either раrеnt can filе tо rаiѕе or lоwеr the child ѕuрроrt оbligаtiоn. If one party iѕ not рауing, the other parent can filе an оrdеr with thе соurt tо еnfоrсе сhild ѕuрроrt payments. If the party dоеѕ nоt рау, thе соurt саn imроѕе a judgment fоr thе mоnеу оwеd or impose finеѕ оr jail timе.

Child support аttоrnеуѕ hаvе thе knоwlеdgе аnd еxреriеnсе to gеt уоu a fair ѕеttlеmеnt; we also hаvе thе sensitivity tо support уоu through аn emotionally сhаllеnging time in your life.

Free Consultation with Child Support Lawyer

If you need child support help, please 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