Ogden's Premier Law Firm
Legal problems arising out of family disputes can be confusing and fraught with emotional issues. They require tactful yet vigorous representation. Our attorneys are experienced in matters ranging from guardianship to divorce, alimony, child custody, and child support.Learn More
If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges, large or small, felony or misdemeanor, the choice of who you will have represent you could be the most important decision of your life. The criminal law attorneys of Kaufman, Nichols & Kaufman have experience in handling all phases of your criminal law case.Learn More
Personal Injury Attorneys
Kaufman, Nichols & Kaufman is Ogden’s most respected personal injury law firm. Our team has over 100 years of collective legal experience handling all types of accidents resulting in personal injury lawsuits and have resolved millions of dollars’ worth of personal injury claims.Learn More
Estate Planning Law
Estate planning can range from decisions about end-of-life care to the care of minor children, as well as providing for the smooth transfer of assets after death. We help you create estate plans designed to achieve your goals and benefit your families. Provide your family and yourself peace of mind for the future.Learn More
Divorce, custody disputes, and other family-based cases can be difficult to navigate.
Emotions are high and it’s a difficult time for all involved. Our lawyers are experienced,
compassionate, and capable of helping clients with the guidance and representation they need during a family law case. Read More>>
Personal Injury Law
Personal injuries are always inconvenient and can even be downright devastating.
Medical costs rack up quickly. Our practiced attorneys are knowledgeable about everything from car accident injuries to assault cases. They can provide superior representation that will allow clients to get the compensation they need. Read More>>
Contracts can be complex, but they’re a daily part of the business world. Our knowledgeable lawyers can assist with drafting contracts, negotiating contracts, and the other legal aspects of running a business. Read More>>
A felony charge can ruin an individual’s career, as well as hurt several other aspects of
their life. Criminal charges can damage a reputation in irreparable ways. To obtain the best outcome possible in a criminal charge case, contact one of our experienced lawyers today. Read More>>
The death of a loved one is difficult enough without legal disputes arising. Clients can
protect their families by being prepared and planning for the distribution of their assets. Our lawyers are skilled at drafting wills and can help with every aspect of estate planning. Read More>>
Real Estate Law
Obtaining real estate property is no small purchase. It is important to protect one’s own
interests and investments by hiring a lawyer knowledgeable in real estate law. They can guide clients through every part of a real estate transaction, as well as provide them with counsel pertaining to evictions or other legal matters. Read More>>
Filing for bankruptcy comes with significant legal and financial consequences. There may be other options to get rid of debt, so it is important to consult with an experienced lawyer when considering filing for bankruptcy. Read More>>
When in mourning, legal disputes can be particularly difficult. A lawyer practiced in
probate law can assist to make the distribution of property according to a will as easy as
possible for everyone involved. Read More>>
Ogden's Most Experienced Family Law Firm
Kaufman, Nichols & Kaufman is one of Ogden’s most experienced legal teams offering services in family law, probate, personal injury, and more. We provide top legal services for residents throughout Davis, Weber, and Box Elder counties. With over 100 years of combined family law experience, our experts have in-depth knowledge and have successfully handled thousands of cases for Utah residents. Our experts work closely with our clients to make sure we understand each client’s situation, and we know what legal strategies to implement that will be able to meet the immediate and long-term goals of the clients.
We specialize in family law, the law that addresses family relationships. When we take on a case, we understand how sensitive family law cases can be, and we work hard to resolve them in an amicable and timely manner. Family law covers adoption, child custody, child support, divorce, neglect and abuse, and more. Family law is one of the most emotional areas of practicing law and we always pay close attention to our clients throughout the proceedings. We care about our clients like they are members of our own family and we will be sensitive to your emotional needs during this time. Family strife is emotionally wrenching, don’t go through this alone! Legal entanglements can be stressful and frustrating, let our experts help to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.
In Utah, if you are looking to end your marriage, it’s important to know the laws. You also need to know the procedure that goes into divorcing your spouse as well as the matters to be settled during it. It’s also wise to hire an experienced divorce attorney before you file your petition.
For disillusioned marriages in the Ogden area, it is important to understand how the law in our state defines divorce. To get divorced in Utah you or your spouse must reside in a single county in Utah for at least three months immediately before filing the divorce petition. Utah Code Section 30-3-1. If custody of a minor child is an issue, usually the child must reside with at least one of the parents in Utah for at least six months, but there are exceptions. Learn More>>
The law requires non-custodial parents to pay child support to custodial parents. The payments are established as child support, and are to be used to help in paying for the costs of raising a child. A divorcing couple often includes child support and custody agreements in the divorce decree, but this is not always the case. The courts will review the income of both parents and determine the child support payments based on their findings. Failure to keep up with child support payments can lead to stiff fines, wage garnishment, loss of professional licenses, or jail time. If an individual is unable to keep up with child support payments, it is imperative to hire a lawyer with experience in child support cases to assist in reducing the monthly payment. A substantial change in circumstances is required by the court to support the reduction in payment. Increase in monthly expenses related to job loss or health issues are
normally deemed life-altering changes that do meet the requirements.
Alimony is established by a court of law following a divorce decree as a lump sum payment or continual payment to the spouse that is determined to be the dependent spouse from the other spouse, who is considered the supporting spouse. A dependent spouse relies heavily on the other spouse for support, maintenance, and their overall day-to-day living. Alimony amounts vary widely based on a number of factors considered by the courts including:
- Length of marriage
- Standard of living while married
- Income of both parties
- Contributions to the marital estate (monetary and non-monetary)
- Health issues
- Future financial prospects
- Fault (considered by some courts if illicit acts lead to the demise of the marriage)
Post Divorce Modifications
When a couple divorces, many legal, financial and personal issues must be resolved. However, once these matters are squared, the underlying principles are formally adopted in a legally binding agreement known as a divorce decree. That said, down the line, one or both ex-spouse’s circumstances change, which might prompt said individuals to appeal for alterations to this arrangement known as post-divorce modifications.
Such alterations cannot just be enacted. Such augmentations are subject to a legal process. Kaufman, Nichols & Kaufman, a family law firm serving the residents of Ogden, Utah and surrounding regions, invites our current and prospective clients to read the following short piece describing how this procedure operates. Learn More>>
Child custody is determined by the courts when reviewing information for a child custody hearing and establishing which of the two parents will be considered the guardian or custodial parent of the children. Judicial review is common for child custody when parents are unable to determine custody without contention. Parents who are not considered a primary custodian will need to pay child support to the primary custodial parent. There are multiple child custody options including; temporary custody,
joint child custody, sole child custody, third party child custody, and custodial visitation.
Parental rights cover issues related to education, child custody, and access rights. Prior to a divorce, both parents are normally in agreeance on most issues when it comes to raising their children. A divorce changes this initial parenting unit and can cause challenges for adults with different life philosophies and views on how to raise their children. Parents have a right to be able to parent their children according to
their religious and philosophical convictions as well as have a respect for their family life. Parents are not to be discriminated against when they do exercise their parental rights. An agreement between parents is ideal, but not always doable by both parties. When the court needs to intervene, parents are often required to go to court-sponsored classes that assist in teaching parents about the effect of divorce on
children. Child custody mediation sessions are also used by the courts to assist in solving lingering issues.
The court uses parental rights as a way to determine what is in the best interest of the child. Learn More>>
With the right attorneys at your side, you can relax and know that we will take care of you. Contact our Ogden law firm to schedule a consultation with our legal team.