Divorce Personalized & Caring Legal Representation

Salt Lake City Divorce Attorney

Protecting Your Rights & Fighting for Your Best Interests

Divorce is a complex area of law which covers a wide variety of legal subject areas. Ted has practiced law in the following subject areas over his 28+ years of experience: Family law, criminal defense, bankruptcy, tax controversies, and general civil practice. Having a working knowledge of these subject areas is useful when he takes on a new case. Since 2012, Ted has also served as a judge pro tempore a few times every month in the Small Claim Courts of Salt Lake City and County. This experience has also honed his ability to see the importance of burden of proof and witness credibility, among other things.

A divorce can be quick, or it can take years to complete—depending upon the opposing party and his or her counsel. If parties cannot settle their case, or if opposing counsel “stirs the pot,” a divorce case can become a lengthy and expensive endeavor. Our firm always tries to work within our clients’ budget, and we try to obtain a settlement as quickly as possible.

However, if it is necessary to go trial, Ted has a very broad and in-depth trial and appellate experience. So, if you hire Attorney Ted Weckel, you will be working with an experienced counselor-at-law and advocate.

To set up a consultation with our divorce lawyer in Salt Lake City, call (801) 845-9029 or contact us online. You can rely on us for effective legal services and well-informed advice.

Effective Mediation

A party must try to mediate a case before going to trial. Sometimes, mediation is effective, particularly if the parties are motivated to not spend a lot of money on a case.

The case begins by filing a divorce petition. A party can get a temporary orders hearing before a court commissioner usually in about 30 to 45 days. At that initial hearing, the commissioner will make a recommendation to the judge for child support, child custody, temporary alimony, temporary custody of property, allocation of debt, and attorney fees, among other things. The temporary order is to get the case moving, and to award living expenses for the custodial parent of children.

Child Support

Both parents are obligated to support their children. Child support is awarded by using a chart and plugging in the parties’ incomes. Alimony is awarded on an as-needed basis and the ability of the payor to pay it. Both parties are responsible for paying for their children’s medical expenses.

One needs to be a little careful if the other party is contemplating filing a divorce petition first because they could withdraw all of the money out of a joint account, and the other party will have to wait for the temporary orders hearing to try and get some of it back.

Child Custody

Custody evaluators can be appointed as expert witnesses to help the court to determine custody. Private guardian ad litems can also be appointed in that regard.

The parties can engage in what is known as “discovery,” a process whereby parties can ask 10 questions of each other, ask for documents, and ask each other to admit 10 relevant facts. The parties are also allowed a few hours to depose each other or fact witnesses.

After the parties have engaged in discovery, the case is ready to be heard by a judge. If the parties don’t agree with the judge’s ruling, they can appeal to the Utah Court of Appeals.

One of the overarching principles in effective representation is to remember to keep the kids out of it as best as you can.

Additional Information

Ted’s broad legal skill has given him experience in a variety of divorce situations ranging from complex to simple.

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Call Ted Weckel, Attorney at Law today at (801) 845-9029 to set up your initial consultation with our divorce attorney in Salt Lake City.

An Elite Family Law Attorney

Makes All The Difference
  • Utah State Bar Member Since 1991
  • Hundreds of Successful Mediations or Verdicts
  • Prepares an In-Depth Strategy for Every Case
  • 18 Published Appellate Opinions
  • 6 Years Experience as a Judge Pro Tempore
  • Nearly Three Decades of Experience