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Alimony -Spousal Support

Alimony Attorney Ogden, Utah

Unlike child support, there is no set formula to determine when or if, a party should receive alimony (spousal support) from a divorcing spouse.  Rather, in determining alimony, the courts will consider the needs of the party requesting alimony, the ability of that party to provide for his or her own needs, and the ability of the other divorcing party to pay alimony.  Other factors may be taken into consideration by the court in determining alimony, such as the length of the marriage, the former lifestyle of the parties, living expenses of the parties, and other relevant facts from the marriage.

Sometimes, alimony may be modified after a court has ordered it.  This may depend on several factors, including how the original alimony agreement/order was drafted and whether there has been a significant change in the circumstances that existed when the alimony agreement/order was originally put into place.

Alimony is often a complex component of divorce and must be handled in light of all other issues related to the dissolution of the marriage. It requires experienced and knowledgeable legal professionals to see all the issues and the interplay between them. At Burton Attorneys at Law, we understand alimony and the complexities that surround it. Remember, we handle only family law-related legal matters. This focus on family law sets us apart from other attorneys and law firms because we uniquely understand the issues you face in your divorce.

Personal Property and Real Property Division

Personal Property Division: Our experienced attorneys specialize in the division of personal property, including assets such as vehicles, jewelry, furniture, and other belongings. We work closely with clients to develop a fair and transparent strategy for the distribution of personal items, taking into account sentimental value and financial considerations.

Real Property Division: Handling the division of real property requires a nuanced understanding of property laws and market dynamics. Whether it’s a family home, vacation property, or real estate investment, our legal team has the expertise to navigate the complexities of the real property division. We aim to achieve an equitable resolution that aligns with our client’s goals and financial circumstances.

Business Asset Division: For clients with business interests, our attorneys are well-versed in the intricacies of dividing business assets. We work diligently to assess the value of business holdings and formulate strategies that protect your interests while ensuring a fair distribution of assets. 

Division of Debt

Often the parties in a divorce agree about who should pay each of their joint debts. However, that is not always the case and debt division is often intertwined with other issues such as the division of personal and real property, alimony and child support. Debt issues in a divorce must be carefully navigated so that you are not left paying for a debt that you thought was the responsibility of your former spouse. Although a divorce may divide a debt, many parties often reach the decisions relating to debt division without taking into consideration the rights of the creditor who has made a separate and legal contract with the parties relating to the debts. The parties’ agreement or a court’s orders are binding only between the parties. Utah law allows notice to be given to creditors about which party is responsible for the debt. However, creditors are not required to honor the division of joint debts in the divorce decree or agreement. Thus, if the spouse who is supposed to pay fails to do so, the creditors may seek payment from the other spouse, who has to try to collect money from the one who was supposed to pay. These issues need to be taken into account if a party wants to fully resolve their debt issues in their divorce. Otherwise, your divorce decree may fall short of its desired effect and leave one, or both, of the parties with unintended consequences.

If the parties to a divorce cannot decide how to divide their debts on their own they may be able to resolve the issues at mediation. We suggest that parties attend mediation with their attorneys to fully understand the agreements they make relating to their divorce. If they cannot agree, the issues will need to be determined by the Court at a trial. Whether working toward a resolution at mediation or trial, the professionals at Burton Attorneys at Law have the divorce experience to help you reach your goals. All we do is family law – that means we help a lot of people with divorce and we understand the long reaching consequences it has on your future. Trust our firm with your divorce needs today.