Determining how children will be raised is never an easy issue, especially during a divorce or paternity action where parents are very often already at odds with one another. Historically, one parent has been named as Primary Residential Parent and the other as Secondary Residential Parent. More recently, legislation has changed the statutory requirements and the language used to describe parenting of children.
Legal situations that affect your family are often full of emotion and stress, especially if you lack an experienced attorney. However, Smoak Law specializes in a variety of family law areas including adoption, custody conflict and divorce and is AV certified by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings. With a free divorce consultation at our Park City office, learn how the right attorney can help you gain the best settlement outcome both financially and personally.
Child support in Utah is based on an “income shares” model, which holds both parents accountable for financially supporting their children. Each party’s income and ability to earn is considered in the calculation, along with the various expenses parents pay for their children. We at Smoak Law, P.C. have extensive training and experience in using the child support guidelines effectively to benefit our clients’ most important legacy: their children.
Alimony is financial support paid to a spouse for his or her maintenance. It is not the same as child support. Alimony can be agreed upon or awarded on a temporary or permanent basis and can take on a variety of forms. Unlike child support, there is no uniform, mathematic formula for calculating alimony. A number of factors are considered when determining the amount and the period of time over which it is paid, or duration.
Smoak Law P.C. provides comprehensive, individual and affordable legal assistance to adoptive parents, adoption agencies, and birth parents in a professional and supportive environment, including international, domestic, special-needs, contested, appeals, interstate, second parent, stepparent, relative, minority adoptions and same sex couple adoptions. Adoption law is complicated and challenging and requires the dedication of an experienced legal staff. At Smoak Law, we believe that you deserve the very best. IF we cant help you, we will gladly partner with one of our Adoption Specialists partners to ensure your case is handled properly.
Litigation is an unfortunate reality. At Smoak Law, we understand the considerable burden and costs that litigation can have on you, your business and your family. For the most professional, effective legal counsel and advocacy from a top AV rated, civil litigation attorney, contact us. At Smoak Law, we will aggressively pursue your objectives. With clients ranging from individuals, to small sole proprietorships to multi-million dollar companies, our firm provides high quality legal services in a variety of civil litigation concerns.
Salt Lake City Attorney Emily Smoak loves litigating. When she was new to practice, she took advantage of any case where she could practice in front of a jury, so she could be comfortable working her cases. She takes every case and every client seriously, and works hard to get the best result in every case.
If you have suffered a personal injury, it is important to be aware of your rights. Under Utah law, victims of a personal injury caused by the wrongful actions of someone else are entitled to compensation for their harm. Medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering are all compensable from the person at fault.
Marital agreements come under several different names including: prenup, prenuptial agreement, premarital agreement, and antenuptial agreement, but they all essentially mean the same thing. These are all agreements that are entered into prior to the marriage, and are a binding contract that the couple signs, defining which spouse gets what, in the event of a divorce.
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