In Utah, by law, every child is entitled to the support of both parents, whether the parents are married or not. Although Utah law provides child support guidelines used by the courts to calculate a parent’s base child support obligation. There are many child support considerations that need to be determined by parents, including payment of the following:

  1. Base child support
  2. Medical Insurance Premiums
  3. Medical Expenses 
  4. Child-care expenses
  5. Extracurricular activity expenses


Child support typically continues until a child is 18. Upon petition by either parent, the courts may modify the child support obligations, if there have been significant changes in income or other circumstances. Utah courts generally set base child support according to set statutory guidelines although, in extraordinary circumstances, a court may order a different amount. Sometimes parents may agree to an arrangement for a child support amount that differs from the court guidelines, but the courts must approve their agreement before it becomes an enforceable order of support. The court offers a child support calculator to help you get an idea of where your base child support may range.

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Going through a divorce is difficult for everyone involved. Our goal is to help our clients navigate their divorce case with knowledge and compassion so they can focus on their family.

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We have assisted and successfully represented numerous clients dealing with paternity issues. Because of our experience dealing with a wide range of paternity-related cases, we can assist clients whether or not they claim to be the father of the child.

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Whether you have a custody battle resulting from an ongoing divorce, or if you’re an unmarried parent fighting for custody of a child, the attorneys at Burton Attorneys at Law have the experience to handle your case.

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Child Support

In Utah, by law, every child is entitled to the support of both parents, whether the parents are married or not. Although Utah law provides child support guidelines used by the courts to calculate a parent’s base child support obligation.

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Simply stated, mediation is a non-binding forum for a divorcing couple to work out the terms of their divorce with the help of a trained mediation specialist. The only requirement of mediation is that a party attend and make a good faith effort at resolution.

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We recommend attending mediation with the help of a legal professional. Mediators are neutral parties who cannot give legal advice. Mediation will involve the discussion relating to all your divorce issues including real estate and personal property issues, division of financial assets (401k, stocks, bonds, etc.)

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Step Parent Adoption

Step-parents often develop a strong bond of love and affection with a stepchild. As a loving figure in a step child’s life, it may be in everyone’s best interests for a step parent to seek an adoption and make the relationship legal.

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When a family member, friend or loved one passes away, his or her estate may have to go through a court process referred to as probate. This is the process whereby the Court appoints an individual, or sometimes multiple individuals, to gather, manage, and ultimately distribute the assets of the one who passed away.

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There is no set formula to determine when, or if, a party should receive alimony (spousal support) from a divorcing spouse. 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.

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Family Law

At Burton Law Firm, our family law attorneys have extensive experience assisting clients through all areas of family law. By leveraging the combination of skill with years of experience, our attorneys will do everything in their power to achieve the outcome desired by their clients.

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Division of Retirement

When a Court grants a decree of divorce, it will also address the parties’ rights with respect to the assets they acquired during their marriage. This includes retirement assets, such as 401(k) accounts, IRAs, and pensions.

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A guardian helps an individual care for their physical well-being while a conservator helps an individual handle their financial affairs. By appointing a guardian and/or conservator, you are providing your loved one with the assistance of someone who cares in order to help them handle day to day matters and to make important legal decisions.

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Child support can be an emotional issue because it represents a continuing connection with your former spouse. Often times, financial problems and issues exist which also add to the emotional turmoil that surrounds a case. At Burton Attorneys at Law, we can help you understand the support guidelines and ensure your rights are protected, whether you are the person who is required to pay support or the person who receives it.

Child support is one of the most critical, yet sometimes difficult and complex, parts of the divorce or paternity procedure. Because children are often the victims even in the most amicable of legal proceedings, it is important for both parties involved to work toward an agreement for the future of their children. Proper financial support must be provided to the children affected by the divorce while also protecting the interests of the parents.

However, the calculation of child support can often be complex. Because child support is based on the parties’ incomes, the proper calculation of such income is vital. Many times income calculation is simple and involves nothing more than obtaining the parties pay records from employment. However, often a party is underemployed, or even unemployed, despite having worked in the past. In such cases, it may be proper to impute income so that child support is properly calculated. Sometimes a party is self-employed or employed by a business that provides benefits to the party that should be counted as income. Income calculation is critical in the calculation of child support and, if not calculated properly, could result in a considerable error in determining how much a party should pay.

Child support is sometimes intertwined with custody and may influence the amount of child support paid by a party. Physical custody arrangements could impact your child support greatly. Moreover, child support involves other issues, apart from child support calculated on the child support worksheet. It may include the division of extracurricular expenses, child care expenses, medical expenses, sharing of school expenses, etc. Because there are so many factors that play into the calculation of child support, it is crucial that you employ an attorney with experience in determining child support. The attorneys at Burton Attorneys at Law practice only family law. We thoroughly understand the issues related to your family, like child support, and can help you avoid the pitfalls that could hurt you financially for years. If you want to feel confident and informed in determining your child support related issue, call Burton Attorneys at Law today for a consult.


Contact us today for a consultation with an attorney. During the meeting, you will be advised of your options as well as the cost of pursuing each option that you have. In order to more efficiently serve you, we encourage you to organize pertinent documents prior to your initial consultation if possible.

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