Resolving Family Law Issues

Family law problems are often accompanied by significant stress and anxiety. After all, there is much on the line, emotionally and often financially. At Corbett Gwilliam, PLLC, we work with our clients to help them understand their rights and options. With sound legal guidance, you may find much of the stress and anxiety taken out of the equation. Using our experience, we can offer you the knowledgeable family law guidance you need at this time.

Full-Service Family Law Firm Serving Salt Lake City

We handle a broad range of family law issues for clients in Salt Lake City, South Jordan and throughout surrounding areas. The scope of our family law practice includes:

Divorce (Expand)

How Can Your Divorce Attorney Achieve Success For You?

By Applying Proven Negotiation Strategies …

Most people view divorce as a stressful, expensive and time-consuming process, and rightly so. Most divorces are too expensive, take too long and cause too much emotional damage to all parties involved. What if divorce didn’t have to be so bad?

At Corbett Gwilliam, PLLC, our approach to divorce law is to help parties pursue amicable, cost-effective, commonsense resolutions in a relatively short time. If you and your spouse are willing to work together, we can help you pursue favorable outcomes in all divorce and family law matters, including:

  • Child custody and parent time
  • Child support
  • Property division
  • Spousal support
  • Modifications

… And Skilled Trial Advocacy

We aggressively fight for our clients’ interests in and out of the courtroom. Some cases need to be litigated to come to a successful resolution. Our attorneys have the trial skills to advocate for you and your children through the court process.

Trial readiness can give you leverage at the negotiating table and keep you out of court. But when a trial is necessary, an experienced litigator can provide you with the strong representation you need.

There is too much on the line to leave your divorce matters to chance. We understand what is at stake and can provide you with the skilled divorce representation you need.

Serving Salt Lake City, South Jordan And Surrounding Areas

We can guide you through all aspects of the divorce process and help you pursue a favorable outcome. Contact our law office today online or by telephone at 801-285-6302 or toll free at 866-287-5853 to arrange a free initial consultation with a Salt Lake City divorce lawyer.

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Child Custody Attorney

When children are involved in a divorce, the stakes are high. The steps you take in establishing child custody and parent time (visitation) orders will dramatically affect your relationship with your children going forward.

At Corbett Gwilliam, PLLC, we handle child custody and parent time issues with care and attention to detail. We understand the importance of resolving child custody disputes in a manner that protects the best interests of the children involved. We are prepared to fight for your parental rights.

Call us at 801-285-6302or toll free at 866-287-5853 to arrange a free initial consultation with a Salt Lake City child custody lawyer.

Child Custody And Parent Time In Utah

There are two types of child custody — physical and legal:

  • Physical custody refers to where the child lives.
  • Legal custody refers to decision-making authority over important aspects of your child’s life.

When one parent has physical custody, the other is typically granted parent time (commonly known as visitation) privileges. Parent time schedules can be highly detailed, specifying where the child spends weekends, holidays, summer vacations and other special days.

How custody is determined depends upon many factors, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to child custody and parent time. The guiding principle in these cases is protecting the best interests of the child.

Child Custody And Parent Time Attorneys Serving Salt Lake City

If you face a child custody dispute or another family law matter in Utah, we can provide you with the skilled representation you need. Contact our law office today online or by telephone at 801-285-6302 or toll free at 866-287-5853 to arrange a free initial consultation with a Salt Lake City child custody lawyer.

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Child Support Attorney

While relationships between parents may end, the parent-child relationship lasts a lifetime. After a divorce or after unmarried parents break up, it is both parents’ responsibility to provide for the needs of the children. Child support is the monetary contribution the noncustodial parent provides to help the custodial parent support the children.

At Corbett Gwilliam, PLLC, we handle a broad range of family law matters for clients in South Jordan and throughout the Salt Lake City area. We can represent you in all child support matters, including establishing orders, modifications and enforcement.

Call us at 801-285-6302 or toll free at 866-287-5853 to arrange a free initial consultation with a Salt Lake City child support lawyer.

Calculating Child Support

In Utah, child support is determined by a set of guidelines that take into account factors such as:

  • The number of children
  • The income of each parent
  • Which parent has primary physical custody

Establishing child support is fairly straightforward, but there are circumstances that can complicate matters. For instance, if a parent is self-employed or trying to hide income, determining his or her income may require an investigation. We can help you understand how child support is calculated in Utah.

Child Support Modifications

Child support orders can be modified in the event of a substantial change in circumstances such as a job loss or medical crisis. A parent must petition the court for a modification and standing orders must be adhered to until the order is modified. If you are seeking a modification or trying to stop an adverse modification, we can protect your rights and the best interests of your children.

Contact An Experienced Utah Child Support Attorney

If you are seeking child support or paying it, we can provide you with the skilled representation you need. Contact our law office today online or by telephone at 801-285-6302 or toll free at 866-287-5853 to arrange a free initial consultation with a Salt Lake City child support lawyer.

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Paternity Attorney

When a child is born to unwed parents or the identity of a father is in doubt, a paternity action can legally identify the father and make it possible to establish child support, child custody and parent time orders. At Corbett Gwilliam, PLLC, we handle paternity-related matters for clients throughout the Salt Lake City area.

Our clients include mothers who need to establish paternity to obtain child support for their children and men who wish to obtain the rights and responsibilities of fatherhood. Whatever side of the issue you are on, we can provide you with skilled legal guidance throughout the paternity process.

Call us at 801-285-6302 or

866-287-5853 to arrange a free initial consultation with a Salt Lake City paternity lawyer.

Why Is Paternity Important?

When a married woman gives birth to a child, the woman’s husband is presumed to be the father. It is important to establish paternity for unmarried individuals for several reasons:

  • Custody: The parties can agree or the court can decide which parent should have physical and legal custody of the minor child.
  • Child support: When paternity is established, both mother and father can contribute to the support of the child.
  • Fathers’ rights: When paternity is established, the father may pursue his rights in regard to child custody and parent time (visitation).
  • Medical history: It is important to know the biological father’s medical history to help detect certain genetic diseases in the child.
  • Benefits: The child may be entitled to certain benefits, such as veteran’s benefits, from the biological father.

Paternity matters can be sensitive and emotional. We will work with you personally to help you understand the process and guide you to the best possible outcome.

Contact Our Law Office To Discuss Your Parental Rights

We can help you with a broad range of family law matters, including those involving paternity. Contact our law office today online or by telephone at 801-285-6302 or 866-287-5853 to arrange a free initial consultation with a Salt Lake City paternity attorney.

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Spousal Support Attorney

When a marriage ends in divorce, it is often appropriate for the primary wage-earning spouse to pay their soon-to-be ex spousal support (alimony). If you are seeking spousal support, it is important that you obtain a fair amount that reflects your contributions to the marital household. If you are paying spousal support, it is important that your rights are protected and you do not pay more than is fair and just. At Corbett Gwilliam, PLLC, we can protect your rights in regard to spousal support and other divorce and family law issues.

Call us at 801-285-6302 or 866-287-5853 to arrange a free initial consultation with a Salt Lake City spousal support lawyer.

How Is Spousal Support Determined?

Judges have broad discretion when determining spousal support in Utah. Generally, support is determined by one spouse’s need and the other spouse’s ability to pay. One key consideration is the length of the marriage. The duration of spousal support will not exceed the duration of the marriage. Other factors that may affect spousal support include:

  • Each spouse’s income and earning potential
  • The standard of living enjoyed during the marriage
  • Property division arrangements
  • One spouse’s contribution to the education and earning ability of the other

Spousal support is a key element in your post-divorce financial picture. We will work diligently to protect your rights in this critical legal and financial matter.

Contact A Utah Alimony Attorney

If you are seeking or paying alimony/spousal maintenance in Utah, we can protect your rights. Contact our law office today online or by telephone at 801-285-6302 or 866-287-5853 to arrange a free initial consultation with a Salt Lake City spousal support lawyer.

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Post-Divorce Modifications

Life changes after divorce. Often, the legal orders established in a divorce become unworkable. When there is a substantial and unforeseeable change in circumstances, or if a parent relocates, a modification may be warranted.

If you are seeking a modification or trying to stop a modification that would be harmful to you or your children, a knowledgeable family law attorney can help. At Corbett Gwilliam, PLLC, we handle post-divorce modifications for clients in Salt Lake City and throughout surrounding areas. We can help you pursue a decree that reflects today’s reality.

Call us at 801-285-6302 or 866-287-5853 to arrange a free initial consultation with a Salt Lake City divorce modification lawyer.

Modifying Support And Custody Orders

When circumstances change after divorce, many people seek to have child support and custody orders modified.

Child support modifications: If either spouse experiences a substantial change in income, it may warrant a modification of support orders.

Child custody and parent time modifications: Custody and parent time orders may be modified in the event of a substantial change in circumstance. Depending on the facts, remarriage or relocation may a warrant a modification. Whatever modification you are seeking or trying to stop, we can be your strong advocate throughout the process.

Contact Our Law Firm About Divorce Modifications

We can address all of your concerns relating to custody modifications, child support modifications and other post-divorce modifications. Contact our law office today online or by telephone at 801-285-6302 or 866-287-5853 to arrange a free initial consultation with a Salt Lake City divorce modification attorney.

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Grandparents’ Rights Attorneys

Grandparents were dealt a legal blow in 2013, as a court decision limited the circumstances under which grandparent custody or visitation could be granted when the grandchildren’s parent is refusing to allow grandparents access to their grandchildren.

It is no longer enough to argue the statutory requirements that demonstrate that a grandchild may benefit from grandparent involvement and that a grandparent would be a fit and proper guardian of a child, or that allowing the grandparent visitation will be in the best interests of the child. To compel a court, a grandparent must essentially demonstrate that the grandchild will suffer harm if grandparent custody or visitation is not granted. This is a very difficult burden to meet.

For more information, see our FAQ page.

If you are a grandparent seeking custody or visitation, it is important to understand your rights in light of recent developments in Utah custody laws. Even if it seems there are few options, an experienced family law attorney can help you understand the steps you can take to maximize your role in your grandchild’s life. We can provide you with the guidance and advocacy you need.

Contact Our Law Firm To Discuss Your Grandparents’ Rights Concerns

Do you have concerns about your rights as a grandparent? Contact our law office today online or by telephone at 801-285-6302 or toll free at 866-287-5853 to arrange a free initial consultation with a Salt Lake City grandparents’ rights lawyer.

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Adoption Attorney

An adoption is an exciting event that brings new rights and responsibilities. If you are adopting a child in Utah, it is important to consult with an attorney who understands the adoption process. A mistake or an oversight could prove costly, creating unnecessary expense and delays in the adoption process.

At Corbett Gwilliam, PLLC, we handle adoption proceedings and other family law issues for clients in Salt Lake City, South Jordan and throughout surrounding areas. We have the skill and experience to make the adoption process go smoothly for you.

Call us at 801-285-6302 or toll free at 866-287-5853 to arrange a free initial consultation with a Salt Lake City adoption lawyer.

Skilled Guidance For Adoptions In Utah

We can provide you with knowledgeable guidance throughout all aspects of the adoption process. Types of adoption include:

  • Stepparent adoptions: If you are a stepparent and wish to become the legal parent of your spouse’s child, we can help with all aspects of the stepparent adoption process as well as termination of the biological parent’s rights.
  • Open adoptions: In an open adoption, the biological parents remain in contact with the adoptive parents.
  • Post-adoption contact plans: These plans allow for enforceable post-adoption contact between the biological parent(s) and the adoptive child.

We offer our clients personal, attentive service throughout the adoption process. We will work with you personally to help you understand your rights and obligations. If you have questions about the adoption process in Utah, we can address them.

Contact Our Law Firm To Discuss Your Adoption Needs

We can provide you with the guidance and representation you need to make the adoption process go smoothly. Contact our law office today online or by telephone at 801-285-6302 or toll free at 866-287-5853 to arrange a free initial consultation with a Salt Lake City adoption lawyer.

Temporary restraining orders (Expand)

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Protective orders (Expand)

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We tailor legal solutions to meet the unique needs of each client. Some family law disputes can be resolved through skilled negotiation. Others require aggressive litigation. No two cases are alike. We will work with you personally to understand your needs, so we can devise a legal strategy that is just right for you.

Contact A Lawyer About Your Family Law Issue

We are here to help you navigate your family law issues. Contact our law office today online or by telephone at 801-285-6302 or toll free at 866-287-5853 to arrange a free initial consultation with a Salt Lake City family law attorney.

Strong Defense Against Criminal Charges

No matter what the charges are against you, facing a criminal prosecution is stressful and life-changing. You not only have to find a criminal defense attorney, you have to worry about your entire future. Most charges carry substantial penalties upon conviction. You may be facing years in prison, hefty fines, and an order to pay restitution. You will have a permanent criminal record and, upon release, will find it difficult to find a job, housing, or even a car loan.

Just being arrested damages your reputation, and you may lose your job. If you are a divorced parent, or in the process of getting a divorce, you may find problems with custody or visitation with your children. With so much to deal with, and so much at risk, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

At Corbett Gwilliam, PLLC, we offer a free consultation. Give us a call today to discuss your specific circumstances. Call 801-285-6302 or 866-287-585 for a free consultation. From our office in South Jordan, we serve clients throughout the Salt Lake City area.

We Can Help You Respond To The Charges

We will listen to you and evaluate the facts in order to help you know how to proceed. We do everything possible to protect your constitutional rights, including your right to be free from warrantless searches and seizures and to remain silent.

We advise you not to talk to anyone but us about your case. That includes law enforcement; they may sound like they want to help, but anything you say to them without an attorney present can be used against you in your case.

Our criminal defense practice includes many different types of charges, including:

DUI— Responding to a drunk driving arrest does not only involve protecting or regaining your driver’s license. It may also involve possible criminal consequences, such as fines or jail time.

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Domestic violence — Prosecutors and courts take domestic assault cases very seriously. We can help you seek a positive resolution.

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Acting In Your Best Interest

Everything we do is in your best interest. If taking your case to trial is the best option, we are experienced courtroom advocates and will put the prosecution’s evidence to a demanding test. If negotiating for reduced penalties is a better choice, we are experienced negotiators, and you will be glad to have us working on your side.

We know this is a difficult time for you. We always provide superior legal representation for less. Our fees are based on your ability to pay. Call us as soon as possible so we can begin fighting for your freedom without delay.