Family Law Services in Ogden, Utah
At Cragun Berube, P.C., we understand that family can be a source of great joy and great pain. We have practiced family law for over 20 years, and we know the challenges that lie ahead of you.
We work on cases regarding divorce, custody and parent-time, child support, alimony, asset division, modifications, paternity and parental rights terminations. We’re especially invested in providing child custody lawyer services, and we always work in the child’s best interests. Whether you need a divorce attorney or a child custody lawyer, we can help.
Making the decision to end a marriage, is never easy. At Cragun Berube, P.C. we can help you understand all your options and navigate the divorce process. Divorces can take many twists and turns, however, the general divorce process looks like this:
A Petition filed and served on the Opposing Party
An Answer is filed by Opposing Party
If there are children: Both parties are required to attend two mandatory Divorce Orientation and Education courses
The parties exchange Initial Disclosures
Mediation is conducted. If successful a Stipulation is signed and the Final Decree of Divorce is entered. If mediation is not successful, the parties move on to the following steps:
A Hearing on Temporary Orders is held
The parties engage in Discovery Requests such as Interrogatories, Depositions and etc.
If there are children: A Custody Evaluation is conducted.
A Pre-Trial Settlement Conference is held.
The Trial is held and the Judge issues the Court's final Orders.
The Decree of Divorce is entered by the Court.
Family law is our primary focus and our skilled and experienced attorneys can help you reach a fair resolution on all issues. We strive to resolve divorces quickly and efficiently through negotiated settlements, when possible. However, we are willing to fight to protect you, your children, and your rights by taking your case to trial when a fair settlement is not possible.
Child Custody and Parent-Time
Family law cases involving children require the court to make a determination defining the rights and obligations of the parties unless the parties can reach a stipulation. The two primary categories of custody are legal and physical. Legal Custody is the rule book parents play by in raising their kids. It outlines a parties ability to make decisions related to the child’s education, health, and religious upbringing, among other things.
Physical Custody refers to the residence and daily care of a minor child. Physical custody can be sole, joint, or split. The court considers many factors when determining custody. We know and understand these factors and have the experience and know-how to get you the outcome you’re looking for. At Cragun Berube, P.C., we understand that every case is unique. We can help you tailor a custody and parent-time arrangement that works best for your child and your circumstances.
Alimony or spousal support can be awarded based on the consideration of the factors outlined in Utah Code Section 30-3-5. Typically, in order to be awarded alimony, the Court’s require that the party requesting alimony demonstrate their need for alimony and that the other party has disposable income or the ability to pay alimony. Alimony may also be awarded to equalize the standard of living of the parties or for rehabilitative purposes. Absent some extenuating circumstances, alimony usually cannot continue beyond the length of the marriage and terminates upon the remarriage, death, or cohabitation of the spouse receiving alimony. Whether you are looking to receive alimony or looking to minimize your alimony obligation, Cragun Berube, P.C. can help you with your alimony needs.
Property and Debt Division
When a Decree of Divorce is entered, it typically includes equitable orders relating to the children, property, debts and assets of the parties. “Equitable orders” means orders that are fair, not necessarily equal. This includes retirement benefits. Retirement plans are usually divided between both parties. When a retirement account is divided a Qualified Domestic Relations Order or QDRO, must be filed to ensure the account is administered properly. Our skilled attorneys can ensure you get an equitable share of your marital estate.
Once the court has entered a final Order on your case, you can modify the alimony, child custody, parent-time, and child support provisions contained in that Order upon the showing of a substantial and material change in circumstances. What constitutes a substantial and material change in circumstances varies depending on what is contained in your Decree or final Order and your specific circumstances. Our experienced attorneys can help you determine if your circumstances rise to the level required by the court in order to modify your Decree and help you reach the outcome you desire.
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