Utah and Salt Lake City Family Law Practice Areas

Divorce, Division of Marital Estate, Alimony

Sorting through property, debts, and finances at the end of a marriage can prove overwhelming. Yet, the distribution of assets and debts, along with any alimony award, will not only affect your life at the time of divorce, but for years or even decades afterward. As Utah divorce lawyers our goal is to provide attentive legal services to those facing these difficult life events. We deliver knowledgeable advice and counsel that is crucial when making decisions with such long-term consequences, and we have successfully represented hundreds of clients in all stages and approaches to the Utah divorce process, from negotiating out-of-court settlements to litigating all the way through trials and appeals.

Adoption

Adoption is a joyful process when handled properly, but a failed adoption can cause a lifetime of heartache. Throughout the process, it is important that you have a knowledgeable, experienced, and compassionate Salt Lake City Utah family law attorney that will coordinate with relevant government or private agencies, guide you through the legal intricacies, and help you avoid potential pitfalls. Whether a two-parent, single-parent, step-parent, second-parent, or kinship adoption, we assist you in all aspects of your adoption in Utah, from the initial planning stage to the procurement of a new birth certificate.

 

Surrogacy & Assisted Reproductive Technology

With advances in reproductive technology, gestational surrogacy and other forms of assisted reproduction are now within the reach of many "would be" parents. When traditional means of family formation are unavailable, we advise you of the legal aspects of building your family through alternative means and collaborative efforts with your medical team, surrogacy or donor agency, donors, gestational carrier, the court, and state agencies. At Marx Family Law we draft egg, sperm, and/or embryo donor agreements for artificial insemination and/or in vitro fertilization; negotiate and secure judicial validation of gestational surrogacy agreements; and obtain any necessary confirmation of legal parentage from the Utah Court. 

 

Child Custody & Child Support

When contested, child custody and support is one of the most expensive and difficult issues in a Utah divorce litigation and settlement. We are skilled in Utah child custody and support. We help you strategize and make sense of the legal complexities you will encounter when forced to litigate the future of your child and any financial considerations, child support orders, and/or income withholding procedures that may result.

 

Same Sex Relationship Recognition & Dissolution

Recent developments have drastically streamlined the recognition of same-sex relationships and permitted their integration into the nationwide legal institution of marriage. That said, same-sex couples still face unique challenges regarding parentage, date of recognition, and any prior domestic partnerships, civil unions, or other similar legal relationships. With this shift in laws, we are well-versed on the issues and we understand how important it is for you to get the best advice when seeking legal recognition or dissolution of your same-sex relationship in Salt Lake City and Utah.

 

Pre/Post Marital Agreements

A little planning can go a long way to prevent future conflict and problems. When considering marriage, it may be appropriate to put your intentions in writing to protect yourself from the worst case scenario. We craft prenuptial and post-marital agreements that allow you and your spouse the necessary security to focus on your relationship rather than worry about future disagreement or the possibility of divorce.

Paternity & Parentage

The establishment of parentage carries both the rights and responsibilities of a legal parent-child responsibility. At Marx Family Law we walk you through the various means of pursuing or defending against a parentage action, and advise you of the ability to formalize a legal parent-child even where a biological tie to the child you are raising may not exist.   

 

Domestic Violence & Protective Orders

Protective orders are a vital tool to prevent further family violence. That said, at times, they are used inappropriately. Whether sought concurrently with or separately from a divorce action, it is important that you understand your rights and obligations when pursuing a protective order or defending against one. In either scenario, we inform you of the serious legal ramifications surrounding protective orders. When representing the wrongly accused, we provide a strategic and pragmatic defense. When representing the party seeking the order, we fiercely advocate to safeguard your right to protection and peace of mind. If you or someone you know are being victimized or are in danger of domestic violence, seek police assistance immediately and let us help you secure the court's protection against further threats of violence.