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  • “I’m here to provide you the quality family law services you need.  Know your legal options.  Depending on the needs of your case, and your practical ability to afford professional services, you can choose my full-service representation, limited-scope flat rate services, pro se coaching, or mediator services.  Whether you choose me as your lawyer, or your mediator, I can deftly guide you through your divorce or other family law matter.”  — John V. Coy, Attorney at Law (over 16 years in Utah family law/divorce practice)

    • BAR ADMISSIONS: Utah State Bar 1996 (attorney licensing organization)
    • SPECIAL TRAINING: Mediation, Family Law Mediation, Private Guardian ad Litem (representing minor children in high conflict custody/parent-time disputes, by appointment of the court) 
    • LAW SCHOOL: J.Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, J.D. 1996; Conference Editor, Journal of Law and Education. Vice President, Alternative Dispute Resolution Society, 1994-1995.
    • UNIVERSITY: Brigham Young University, B.A., International Relations, 1991
    • MEMBERSHIPS: Utah State Bar (Member, Sections on: Family Law; Litigation); American Bar Association.
    • PROFESSIONAL: Principal-Owner, The Law Office of John V. Coy, 2000-present.  Adjunct Faculty, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2002-2003.  Trust Lands Probate Law Clerk for Federal Admin Law Judges, U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Hearings and Appeals, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1996-2000.  Assistant Editor, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington D.C., 1994.  Publications Coordinator, The Heritage Foundation, Washington D.C., 1992-1993.
    • INTERESTS: Family, Friends, Backpacking, Hiking, Swimming, Entrepreneurship, European Cultures, History, Foreign Language, International Affairs, Public Policy, Travel, Dog Training, Reading, Writing, Sports, Astronomy, Technology.
  • DOWNTOWN OFFICE: 50 West Broadway, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, Utah  84101
    FAMILY LAW / DIVORCE CASE TYPES: full service attorney representation, mediation, or coaching for all family law matters, including the following proceedings and issues: temporary orders hearings; formal trials; informal trials of custody and support; orders to show cause; protective orders; defense against protective orders; settlement negotiations; child custody and parent-time; supervision of parent time; private guardian ad litem (pgal) independent representation to the court of minor child(ren)’s best interests and preferences regarding custody and parent time; divorce; bifurcated divorce; alimony; property, debt and retirement division in divorce; enforcement of court orders if violated by opposing party (orders to show cause for contempt); defense against alleged violations of court orders (orders to show cause for contempt); modifications of prior orders (custody, parent time, child support, alimony); defense and counter motions against petitions to modify prior orders; pre-nuptial agreements; post-nuptial agreements; separation agreements and orders; paternity; domestic relations protective orders (seeking or defending against); step-parent adoptions (with full or partial termination of a natural parent’s rights) 
    UTAH COURTS: representation primarily along the Wasatch Front (in Utah’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th district courts); may accept representation for family law case anywhere in Utah, with appropriate agreement regarding travel time and expenses (included counties and cities: Salt Lake County; Davis County; Weber County; Utah County; Tooele County; Summit County; Salt Lake City; South Salt Lake; Murray; West Valley; West Jordan; South Jordan; Kearns; Riverton; Sandy; Draper; Lehi; Orem; Provo; North Salt Lake; Woods Cross; Bountiful; Farmington; Layton; Clearfield; Roy; Riverdale; South Ogden; Ogden; North Ogden; Park City; Heber; and other surrounding areas)

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  • EndrsOtterstromK “John truly cares about his clients’ interests and represents them with tenacity and diligence.”  — Christina Otterstrom, Family Law / Litigation Attorney

  • annonymous profile“5 out of 5 stars.  My name is [J.D.].  John took on 2 cases for me at once and was very thorough and thoughtful.  When he says he is going to do something, he does.  He walks you through the best actions to get the best results.   [ ]  I highly recommend him.”  —  J.D.,  Divorce & Protective Order Client

  • EndrsHaslamM“I endorse this lawyer.  I choose to refer my clients to John because of his expertise and character.”  — Michael Haslem, Estate Planning Attorney

  • blank-profile-pic-femaleI’m so happy to hear the judge signed!  Thank you so much for all your help with this matter.  I will definitely refer you to my friends and family members.  . . .  you did me a great service.  Thanks again.    — K.M., child custody modification client

  • EndrsCookM“I endorse this lawyer.  He is personable, knowledgeable, and a great lawyer.”  — Mel Cook, Social Security Attorney

  • EndrsFerrinL “I highly recommend John Coy for all of your family law needs.  He is thorough, professional and detail-oriented.  He is a zealous advocate, just the kind of attorney you will be glad you have representing you in your divorce or custody case.”  — Laura Ferrin, Bankruptcy Attorney

  • EndrsStolzM“I endorse John.  He brings compassion, lots of experience and a realistic view to what can be achieved for clients.  In addition, he works as a family law mediator and as a guardian ad litem, so he brings a variety of unique skills to every family law case.”  — Martin Stolz, Family Law Attorney

  • EndrsGregorsonR “John is a very competent, experienced attorney.  He has a good demeanor, and is well-liked and well-respected by the attorneys, commissioners and judges here in Utah.”  — Ryan Gregerson, Divorce Attorney 

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  • “I eEndrsWaddingtonMndorse  John.  He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.”  — Michael Waddington, Military Law Attorney

  • erikkjohnsonMore than any other lawyer I know, John Coy cares about a client with a legitimate case that has a legitimate chance of success. He cares to do the legal work right. There can be no better qualifications. –Eric K. Johnson, Attorney at Law, Utah Family Law, LC

  • [I] have referred clients to [John] a number of times.  I have always found him to be a responsible, compassionate, and effective advocate for those he represents as well as being enjoyable to work with.    — Ronald Dean,  Environmental & Natural Resources Attorney.

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calendar20 MIN FREE INITIAL CONSULT: $0 Flat Fee click to schedule.  Discuss your case w/Attorney, John V. Coy.  Get answers to your questions, and learn what services are best suited for your circumstances.  (legal advice not included; see options below).
50 MIN INITIAL CONSULT W/ DOC REVIEW & ADVICE: $60 Flat Fee click to schedule.  Combine your free initial consult with a 1/2 price 30min review and advice consult w/Attorney, John V. Coy, to get at least some limited legal advice in your initial appointment, at the lowest possible rate.
90 MIN INITIAL CONSULT W/ DOC REVIEW & ADVICE: $120 Flat Fee click to schedule.   Combine your free initial consult with a 1/2 price extended review and advice consult w/Attorney, John V. Coy, and get the most out of your initial appointment.  Includes legal advice, based on information provided.

INITIAL CONSULT DETAILS

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  • Call today to begin your FREE initial consultation by phone.   Typically, we’ll spend about 10 minutes on the phone together.  I’ll listen, and give you my initial impressions, and suggest how you can make the most of your 30 minute in-person consultation.  There’s no obligation.  If I’m not available when you call, please leave a detailed message, including the best time and number to call you back.  I provide a variety of fee options and service options, many of which are described on this webpage.  Of course you’re also invited to ask any questions you may have about fees and services during your FREE initial consultation(s).  CALL TODAY: (801) 746-0314.  Online
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  • If you’re interested in a Review and Advice Consultation (ask about it in your FREE phone consultation, and see “1.5 Hour Starter Package” below on this webpage), you may want to request that we combine your 30 minute FREE initial office consultation with a one hour Review and Advice Consultation.

    If you choose this option, instead of just discussing your case generally for the first 30 minutes of FREE consultation, we can add that time to reviewing your documents, and advising you specifically on your case.  This results in a 90 minute Review and Advice Consultation for one-time only reduced rate of $120.00. CALL TODAY: (801) 746-0314.  Online
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  • After listening to the details you provide, I can generally give you a general assessment of your case.  We can discuss the likelihoods of various potential outcomes, based on assumptions or hypotheticals of what evidence you and the opposing party may ultimately have to present in court.  

    Initial assessments are inevitably limited, but it should help you better understand how the court may approach the important decisions in your case, and reduce some of the anxiety you may feel from the unknowns and uncertainties of your case.  Finally, an initial assessment can help you to make your decision regarding the type of attorney services that will be the best fit for you.  CALL TODAY: (801) 746-0314

  • All litigation is process intensive.  You need to understand how your case is most likely to proceed through the court.  I’ll provide you a good overview of the typical family law case, and discuss some of the turns a case like your’s could take.  It may be surprising for you to know at the outset that it’s the litigants’ responsibility (your responsibility) to move your case through the court system, not the court’s responsibility to move your case along.

    You have to follow the court’s rules.  Failing to understand and follow procedural rules can cause a person to lose on issues that could otherwise have been won.  Attorney coaching (one of the services I offer without requiring a retainer) can at least give you the understanding you need to move your case though court, and avoid common pitfalls, even if you can’t afford full service representation.  CALL TODAY:  (801) 746-0314

  • Free initial consultations are not free advice, but are used to determine whether we are a good fit, and how to best serve you.  Every case is different, and the services needed vary for each case.  After providing your free initial assessment and general overview of the court process(es) that may apply, we’ll discuss the best service and fee options to fit your particular case as part of your FREE consultations.

    When considering services, know that full service hourly rate representation is just that, full service.  Its generally the best option, if you can afford it, but its not always necessary. Flat rate services are limited services, but sometimes all that you need, or all that you can afford.  We’ll discuss what services you may need, what services you can practically afford, and what you may want to compromise or do yourself, in order to put your resources to the best use.

    Although I don’t provide free attorney services, I do take pride in offering a variety of financial options so that practically anyone can afford at least some advice and help from a very experienced family law attorney.  Such help, even if limited, is VASTLY better than going it alone, and could save you from ruining your case, and all the related consequences.  You can choose the best fit for your particular case and your financial circumstances.  

    If you can’t afford anything else, at the very least, you should have an experienced family law attorney review your pro se paperwork before you file something, otherwise, you could create unintended legal issues and problems for yourself.  Do not assume you can be confident in what details you should or should not provide, just because you are using a form that you got from the court.  You cannot.  CALL TODAY: (801) 746-0314.

  • I care about my clients, and I want to hear about your case.  Your initial consultation is confidential, and covered by the attorney-client privilege.  When you call, please provide: 1) your name; 2) the name of the opposing party; 3) the nature of your case (divorce, custody, modification of existing orders, etc.); 4) the state where you, the opposing party, and your minor children (if any) currently live (if known); 5) what you would like to accomplish; and then, 6) launch into the other important details of your concerns and what is going on with your case.  CALL TODAY: (801) 746-0314

FLAT RATE DETAILS

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  • $300* Do-it-Yourself w/Attorney Help Package: Uncontested Case, plus filing fee(s) charged by the court (unless waived or reduced due to your income level): $318 for divorce; $310 for custody/parent time; $100 for modification of prior orders; $50 fee for using the court’s forms).  May not be suitable for many cases. 

    $640* SIMPLE Uncontested Child Custody / Parent Time Package plus $310 filing fee charged by court.  

    $680* SIMPLE Uncontested Divorce Package plus $318 filing fee charged by court. 

    $840* STANDARD Uncontested Child Custody / Parent Time Package plus $310 filing fee charged by court.  Includes a parenting plan for standard joint legal and/or standard joint physical custody, if applicable.

    $880* STANDARD Uncontested Divorce Package plus $318 filing fee charged by court.  Includes a parenting plan for standard joint legal and/or standard joint physical custody, if applicable.

    $940+* COMPLEX Uncontested Child Custody / Parent Time Package plus $310 filing fee charged by court.  Includes a customized parenting plan for joint legal and/or standard joint physical custody, if applicable.   Additional services and special document provisions may be added, and custom drafted, as needed, with a reasonable and itemized additional fee for each.

    $980*+ COMPLEX Uncontested Divorce Package plus $318 filing fee charged by the court.  Includes a customized parenting plan for joint legal and/or joint physical custody, if applicable.   Additional services and special document provisions may be added, and custom drafted, as needed, with a reasonable and itemized additional fee for each.

    *Uncontested Modifications of Prior Orders.  Modifications of custody and parent time issues and related child support is priced the same as uncontested child custody / parent time packages, except the filing fee is less, at $100.  Add $100 to package price to add modification of alimony to modification of custody and parent time issues.  Subtract $100 from package price for modification of Alimony only.  (Do-it-Yourself Price does not change.)

    *Limitations and Conditions Apply – CALL THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN V. COY TO REQUEST MORE PACKAGE DETAILS, SUCH AS INCLUDED DOCUMENTS, TIME WITH ATTORNEY, LIMITATIONS AND OTHER DETAILS: (801) 746-0314

  • $500* ($250 paid by each party) Mediation includes up to a 5 hour mediation at my office, with me as your mediator. When you successfully resolve your entire case through my mediation services, your case becomes uncontested.  Having mediated for you, I am then familiar with your case, so you’ll receive $200 off an applicable Uncontested Case Package, if you choose me to draft your final documents.

    If you want more time with me as your mediator, you’ll both have to agree to schedule another mediation for another day, for the same flat rate.  Please read on to learn when to choose this mediation service, why to choose it, why I only offer one mediation option, and to allow me to urge you toward this option, as likely the best option in contested cases (of course there are exceptions, particularly when it is not safe because of a serious domestic violence history, or threats of violence).

    If you do not agree on everything to settle your case (which means you do not qualify for an uncontested case package, at least not yet), but you think you may be able to reach an agreement with the help of a neutral experienced professional, and the good information that such a professional can provide, then please consider mediation from the beginning.  Even if you can’t stand to sit across the table from each other, this process can work.  I will simply put you in different rooms, and shuttle back and forth between you as we work toward your settlement agreement.  

    If you’ve already begun in court, consider mediation as early in the process as you can, as soon as both of you are willing to try. The court will eventually require mediation anyway, and the vast majority of cases do eventually settle by an agreement of the parties before a trial (sadly, often only when the true expense and other personal costs of litigation are felt), so you might as well attempt it sooner rather than later.

    This flat rate model for mediation allows you up to 5 hours if needed, in which case you will have received my services at well below 1/2 my usual hourly rate, and then shared that rate equally between the two of you. Structuring the mediation for up to 5 hours at a single flat rate serves important purposes.  It’s long enough to settle even a challenging case, and not so long that a party can bully the other party by wearing them down with the fatigue of an all day mediation. You have to pay the full flat rate no matter if you choose to give up and walk out, or to keep working toward finding solutions.  So, you have an incentive to continue to make your best effort while you’re there, even if you’re not feeling optimistic at some moment in mediation. This increases the likelihood of a successful mediation. If you settle, you both win. If I can help you settle quickly, I win too.  This flat fee for up to a limit of 5 hours also helps keep us all focused on moving the mediation along.

    By definition, mediated settlement agreements are accomplished by mutual agreement only.  No one can force either party into any compromise or any agreement, and the process is confidential. I cannot be called to testify about mediation if your case ends up in trial. In my opinion, the process is the best way to resolve a contested case, but it is entirely voluntary, right up to the point that your are ordered to attempt mediation before your case is certified for trial.

    Remember, the longer your case goes on in court, the more you are likely to pay in attorney fees and in the emotional toll that litigation may take on you and your family. When both parties mediate in good faith, even if your positions seem far apart, and even if you can’t stand to look at each other right now, you may be surprised to find that a good mediator can help you steer around roadblocks, overcome obstacles, referee out unhelpful personal attacks, and succeed in finding a mutually acceptable settlement agreement.  Success here can save you many thousands of dollars in attorney fees, help you maintain more control over your personal family matters.  Success in mediation will also allow you to avoid the high stress, major uncertainty and long delays of court litigation.

    Finally, if you have children, a successful resolution of your case in mediation shows your children that their parents don’t need a court to solve their problems for them, and that their parents love them enough to stop fighting.  You don’t need to like each other.  You do need your children to have peace in the family, and to feel safe and comfortable loving both of their parents.  Your success in an early mediation can go a long way toward giving your children emotionally safe and comfortable home environments for their one and only childhood.  Neither parent needs to sell out on everything.  Both need to seriously consider reasonable compromises.  Otherwise, you can of course choose to fully experience the option of continued litigation in court.  It does have a proper place.  If both parties won’t make a good faith effort, and consider reasonable compromises in order to reach an acceptable agreement, then litigation, with all its negatives, may be the best available option in your case.

    *Limitations and Conditions Apply – CALL THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN V. COY TO REQUEST MORE PACKAGE DETAILS: (801) 746-0314

  • $300* SIMPLE Single Court Appearance, for primarily procedural type hearings with very minimal preparation required, such as court issued Order to Show Cause to dismiss for failure to prosecute case, or pre-trial hearings to set trial dates.  Attorney travel time included for Matheson Courthouse.  May require pairing with Document Review and Advice Consultation. 

    $480* STANDARD Single Court Appearance Package, when paired with document preparation for that hearing, or with document Review and Advice Consultation(s), when you have prepared your own documents.  Applies to most Temporary Orders hearings, Orders to Show cause for enforcement, Settlement Conferences with Commissioner. Attorney travel time included for Matheson Courthouse.

    $600+* COMPLEX Single Court Appearance Package, when extra preparation required, such as unusual/significant factual complexity, or argument regarding relevant case law and/or proper application of law to facts of case.  Must be paired with document preparation for that hearing, or with document Review and Advice Consultation(s), when you have prepared your own documents. Attorney travel time included for Matheson Courthouse.

    *Limitations and Conditions Apply; additional fee applies for Attorney travel time outside of Salt Lake City, as follows: Add $50 for West Jordan Courthouse; $100 for Farmington Courthouse;  $200 for Ogden or Provo Courthouses; $250 for Park City Courthouse.  CALL THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN V. COY TO REQUEST MORE LITIGATION / COURT PACKAGE DETAILS: (801) 746-0314  

  • $200* Do it Yourself w/Attorney Help Package: Petition, plus filing fee(s) charged by the court (unless waived or reduced due to your income level): $318 for divorce; $310 for custody/parent time;  up to $50 fee for forms; and fee charged by process server: apx. $40-$50).  May not be suitable for many cases.

    $360* SIMPLE Child Custody / Parent Time Petition (plus filing fee charged by court: $310, and fee charged by process server: apx. $40-$50).

    $400* SIMPLE Divorce Petition (plus filing fee charged by court: $318, and fee charged by process server: apx. $40-$50).

    $560* STANDARD Child Custody / Parent Time Petition (plus filing fee charged by court: $310, and fee charged by process server: apx. $40-$50).  Includes a parenting plan for standard joint legal and/or standard joint physical custody, if applicable.

    $600* STANDARD Divorce Petition (plus filing fee charged by court: $318, and fee charged by process server: apx. $40-$50). Includes a parenting plan for standard joint legal and/or standard joint physical custody, if applicable.

    $660+* COMPLEX Child Custody / Parent Time Petition (plus filing fee charged by court: $310, and fee charged by process server: apx. $40-$50). Includes a parenting plan for standard joint legal and/or standard joint physical custody, if applicable.  You may add services and special document provisions, including custom drafting, as needed, with an itemized additional fee for each.

    $700*+ COMPLEX Divorce Petition (plus filing fee charged by the court: $318, and fee charged by process server: apx. $40-$50).   Includes a customized parenting plan for joint legal and/or joint physical custody, if applicable.   You may add services and special document provisions, including custom drafting, as needed, with an itemized additional fee for each.

    *Limitations and Conditions Apply – CALL THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN V. COY TO REQUEST MORE DETAILS, WHICH INCLUDING ISSUES COVERED, TIME WITH ATTORNEY, LIMITATIONS AND OTHER DETAILS:  (801) 7460314

  • If you only need to modify child support, you may want to check first with ORS, to learn if they can provide the help you need for free: http://www.ors.utah.gov/faq_compute_cs.htm, and call ORS: (801) 536-8500 (and see: http://www.ors.utah.gov/access/access.htm).

    $200* Do-it-Yourself w/Attorney Help: Petition to Modify Prior Orders (plus filing fee(s) charged by the court (unless waived or reduced due to your income level): $100 for all prior domestic orders; and up to $50 fee for using the court’s forms; and fee charged by process server: apx. $40-$50)).  Available for various domestic order types, including: custody/parent time; alimony and child support.  Requires a substantial and material change in circumstances since the entry of prior orders.  DIY may not be suitable for many cases.

    $400* SIMPLE Petition to Modify Prior Orders (plus filing fee charged by court: $100, and fee charged by process server: apx. $40-$50).  Generally must be paired with Document Review and Advice Consultation.  Available for various domestic order types, including: custody/parent time; alimony and child support.  Requires a substantial and material change in circumstances since the entry of prior orders.

    $500* STANDARD Petition to Modify Child Custody / Parent Time / Alimony / Support, etc. (plus filing fee charged by court: $310, and fee charged by process server: apx. $40-$50).  Includes a parenting plan for standard joint legal and/or standard joint physical custody, if applicable.  Generally must be paired with Document Review and Advice Consultation.  Available for various domestic order types, including: custody/parent time; alimony and child support.  Requires a substantial and material change in circumstances since the entry of prior orders.

    $600+* COMPLEX Petition to Modify Prior Orders (plus filing fee charged by court: $100, and fee charged by process server: apx. $40-$50). Includes a parenting plan for standard joint legal and/or standard joint physical custody, if applicable.  You may add services and special document provisions, including custom drafting, as needed, with an itemized additional fee for each.  Generally must be paired with Document Review and Advice Consultation.  Available for various domestic order types, including: custody/parent time; alimony and child support.  Requires a substantial and material change in circumstances since the entry of prior orders.

    *Limitations and Conditions Apply – CALL THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN V. COY TO REQUEST MORE DETAILS, WHICH INCLUDING ISSUES COVERED, TIME WITH ATTORNEY, LIMITATIONS AND OTHER DETAILS:  (801) 7460314

  • $200* for Answer to a petition, when paired with a counter petition (recommended). Counter petition flat rates are identical to the prices for petitions.  However, the filing fees charged by the court less: $115 for counter petitions in new domestic cases; $100 for counter petitions to modify prior orders.  Typically no process server service is required for a counter petition.  $200 price includes meeting with attorney, preparation and filing of answers for any type of petition (except for protective order proceedings), for answering up to an eight (8) page petition (all pages included in count). Add $25 for answers to each additional page of petition (required).

    $300* Answer Only. No Counter Petition. (Not recommended.) $300 price includes meeting with attorney, preparation and filing of answers for any type of petition (except for protective order proceedings), for answering up to an eight (8) page petition (all pages included in count). Add $25 for answers to each additional page of petition (required).  No filing fee is charged by the court for an answer only, and no process server is required.

    *Limitations and Conditions Apply – CALL THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN V. COY TO REQUEST MORE DETAILS, WHICH INCLUDING ISSUES COVERED, TIME WITH ATTORNEY, LIMITATIONS AND OTHER DETAILS:  (801) 7460314

  • $300* Do it Yourself w/Attorney Help Package: Temporary Order Filings.  No filing fees apply.  May not be suitable for many cases.

    $500* SIMPLE Temporary Orders Filings.  Client prepares own statement/affidavit(s), and provides evidentiary documents.  Attorney prepares remainder of filings.  May not be suitable for many cases.f

    $600* STANDARD Temporary Orders Filings. 

    $700+* COMPLEX Temporary Orders Filings.

    *Limitations and Conditions Apply – CALL THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN V. COY TO REQUEST MORE DETAILS, INCLUDING ISSUES COVERED, TIME WITH ATTORNEY, LIMITATIONS AND OTHER DETAILS:  (801) 7460314

  • $200* Do it Yourself w/Attorney Help Package: Filings to Enforce Order(s) (OSC).  No filing fees apply. May require process server fee ($40-$50).  May not be suitable for many cases.

    $400* SIMPLE Filings to Enforce Order(s) (OSC).  No filing fees apply.  May require process server fee ($40-$50).  Client prepares own declaration(s)/affidavit(s) in Support of Attorney Filings.  May not be suitable for many cases.

    $500* STANDARD Filings to Enforce Order(s) (OSC).  No filing fees apply.  May require process server fee ($40-$50).

    $600+* COMPLEX Filings to Enforce Order(s) (OSC).  No filing fees apply.  May require process server fee ($40-$50). 

    *Limitations and Conditions Apply – CALL THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN V. COY TO REQUEST MORE DETAILS, INCLUDING ISSUES COVERED, TIME WITH ATTORNEY, LIMITATIONS AND OTHER DETAILS:  (801) 7460314

  • $50 to $100* Simple Attorney Letter.  Only $50 if prepared during a separately paid attorney coaching consultation (or review and advice consultation).  Commonly used for: demand and cease and desist (may be useful prior to filing a motion to enforce an order).  Also useful for: an invitation to mediate as an alternative paired with a petition or a motion; an outline proposal of a settlement offer; and more.  Letters may not exceed one page. Typically must be paired with a review and advice / coaching consultation.

    $320* Preparation of Order from Hearing, where I appeared for you at hearing.  Includes best practices sending of draft to opposing counsel, if any, to seek approval as to form before filing.

    $480* Preparation of Order from Hearing, where I did not appear for you at hearing.  Service includes obtaining cd recording of hearing from courthouse in order to draft order.

    *Protective Orders and Protective Order Defense/Objection Matters.  Begin with a paid Review and Advice / Coaching Consultation (which you may pair with your 30min FREE initial consultation).   Flat rate for protective order matters will depend on what document preparation is needed, level of complexity, and other details of case.

    Other Flat Rate Services are Available.  Please call The Law Office of John V. Coy to inquire if a flat rate is available for the service(s) you need:  (801) 7460314

    *Limitations and Conditions Apply – CALL THE LAW OFFICE OF JOHN V. COY TO REQUEST MORE DETAILS, INCLUDING ISSUES COVERED, TIME WITH ATTORNEY, LIMITATIONS AND OTHER DETAILS:  (801) 7460314

HOURLY RATE DETAILS

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  • $240/hour for services of Attorney, John V. Coy.  Attorney’s services are billed in six minute increments (which is 1/2 the billing increment of many other attorneys).

    $80/hour for paralegal services, which may include outsourced services.

    DISCLAIMER: Information on this website does not constitute a guarantee nor offer to provide service to any particular person, or for a particular rate.  Every case is different.  Attorney’s time is limited.  The Law Office of John V. Coy reserves the right to refuse to contract for services with any person or for any particular case.  Services and hourly rates are controlled by written and signed contract. 

  • In case you’re looking here for document review, advice, and coaching rates, know that they are billed as non-refundable flat rates, not hourly rate services, but included here for your reference.  See the section on this website above for scheduling flat rate document review, advice and coaching services.

    $120* Flat Rate for 1 Hour Review and Advice / Coaching Consultation.  Includes document review and suggested edits.  May be paired with FREE initial consultation to receive first 90 mins for $100 (recommended).  Applies to first review and advice consult. 

    $120 for a one hour appointment, or $200 hour appointment (and other appointment durations as listed and priced in the online scheduling section above on this website, for document review, advice and coaching).

    *All Review and Advice / Coaching Consultations are available in 60min, 90min or 120min appointment blocks only.   Important Note: After consultation(s), it is inevitable that clients eventually will have follow-up questions and concerns, whether by afterthought, or based on new circumstances.  Attorney is not on-call to answer such questions or address such concerns, no matter how quick you may expect it to be, because there is no retainer (you should select full service hourly rate representation to obtain such service).  It is recommended that you write down your questions, and consider follow up questions, and write those down too.  After you’ve taken time to consider and list your questions, and otherwise prepared to make the best use of time meeting with attorney, please schedule online, call or email to schedule another reduced rate consultation:  (801) 746-0314

  • At the conclusion of services, all unearned funds remaining on retainer are refunded to Client.

    †Standard Retainer Option: $2,400 initial retainer; must be replenished back to the initial amount at each billing (billing cycle may be irregular, depending on activity on case, and amount of funds remaining on retainer.  Additional details below*)

    †Retainer Builder Options: $480 down, plus $240/week; OR $500 down, plus $500 twice a month (client picks the monthly payment dates).  Under either retainer builder option, payments must continue regularly, whenever retainer balance is at less than $3,600.

    Some service limitations may occassionally be applied under a retainer builder contract; most significantly, case may be delayed if there are no funds on retainer; and, if case is unusually litigious (very high conflict), it may not be practical to use the retainer builder option; see details below**

    * With the $2,400 Standard Retainer Option you pay the retainer up front, and then replenish the retainer to its full amount, with each billing.  If no services are provided in a month, no payment is due.  If services provided exceed the retainer, you pay that amount, plus $2,400 to replenish the retainer.  Your billing will detail the services provided and costs incurred in that billing period.  At the conclusion of services, all unearned funds remaining on retainer are refunded to Client.

    ** With either Retainer Builder Option you can begin moving your case forward, with a lower initial payment amount.  Most cases have busy months and slow months.  You must make regular weekly or bi-montly payments, with the goal of gradually building up your retainer for anticipated future services.  At the conclusion of services, all unearned funds remaining on retainer are refunded to Client.

    There are special limitations on attorney services when using the Retainer Builder Option.  Attorney is not contractually required to provide services if your case has dipped into a negative balance, which also means that you agree your attorney may use appropriate measures, when available, to delay your case, to allow time for you to build your retainer for anticipated future services.  If your case becomes unusually litigious, retainer builder options options may become impractical for your case.

    As with all attorney services based on retainer, funds are held by attorney in anticipation of future services, to ensure attorney is paid for services, regardless of court decisions in your case.  They remain client’s funds, until earned by the attorney.  For example, the client may terminate attorney’s services, and receive a refund of the amount held in retainer, after attorney has complied (and billed for) the legal work required to withdraw from the court case. (The same court rules regarding withdrawal apply to all attorneys.)  At the conclusion of services, all unearned funds remaining on retainer are refunded to Client.

     DISCLAIMER: Conditions and Limitations apply to any retainer type.  Nothing on this website constitutes a contract nor an offer to provide services.  Attorney’s time is limited, and attorney reserves the right to refuse service to any person.  All retainers (and other terms of service) are governed by written contract, signed by attorney and client.  Please contact The Law Office of John V. Coy to learn how I may best be of service for your case: (801) 746-0314

     

  • There is one hybrid-like option.  You may begin with flat rate Review and Advice Consultations and/or flat rate document preparation service(s), and then move to full service hourly rate representation later, if you choose.  That’s the only real hybrid type option, because it’s administratively impractical to combine hourly and flat rate services.  For some clients, beginning with a flat rate service is a way to take my services for a test drive, before moving up to full service representation.

    Full service hourly rate representation is generally a higher level of service than flat rate services, though flat rate service may suffice in many cases.  Full service representation allows for incremental billing (in six minute increments, and sometimes even three minute increments are applied), so you can make a quick phone call or send an email, and only pay for the attorney time you use.  Under flat rates, communication with attorney is limited under the contract, and may require a flat rate review and advice consultation for follow up questions.  This can work well, if you are able to write down your questions and concerns in a clear list, to be sure you get all your questions addressed when we meet for a consultation.

    Flat rates provide you the assurance of a set price for a limited service and up to a designated amount of attorney time only.  Of course, you can purchase an additional flat rate service, such as a review and advice consultation, document preparation, or a court appearance, if you need more help.  With full service representation, the attorney takes on the responsibilty to manage your case, whereas with flat rate services, the client remains solely responsible for all aspects of the case.

    Trying to combine flat and hourly rates simultaneously creates confusion regarding responsibilities, and regarding what time should properly be included in the flat rate service(s), versus what time should properly be billed incrementally at an hourly rate.  I look forward to speaking with you in your FREE initial consultation, to help you decide which options may work best for you and your case: (801) 746-0314

    • This website provides numerous fee and service options, some less than $100, to make it possible for almost anyone to obtain at least some attorney services.
    • You may start with a $120 review and advice consultation (90 minutes with attorney, when combined with you free initial consultation, and learn what you may be able to do on your own, and then chose flat rates for services you need the attorney to provide. (With this option, you manage your case, not the attorney. You may choose full service representation later, if you need it and can afford it.)
    • Using flat rate services may help you get assistance from a supportive family member or friend, or church/charitable help. A third party payer, has no control over decision-making for your case. Only you and your attorney will make the decisions for your case. Therefore, it is disconcerting for a third party to co-sign a contract, but they may be much more comfortable paying a flat fee directly to the attorney for a specific contractually described service, or paying your rent, so you can put money toward a flat rate attorney service.
    • You may be able to find a cosigner(s) in family or friends take on the obligation for full service representation, particularly under the Retainer Builder Option (summarized below). However, your attorney will limit services if there are not sufficient funds available on retainer to cover anticipated services, which may slow the progress of your case.
    • As described under Retainer Requirements / Options (on this webpage), there is a retainer builder option, where you don’t pay a large retainer, but pay $800 per month, every month, regardless of how your case is progressing through the court. The retainer builder option intends that you get your case started now, and that your retainer builds gradually as your case progresses. It will build when there are lulls in your case. However, your attorney will limit services if there are not sufficient funds available on retainer to cover anticipated services, which may slow the progress of your case.
    • If you can come up with a $2,400 retainer, and thereafter have $600 per month available to pursue your case, there is a good chance you will be able to afford traditional full service representation, because every case has lulls which allows you to re-build your retainer.  So long as your case does not become highly complicated the full service option may work well for you. However, your attorney will limit services if there are not sufficient funds available on retainer, which may slow the progress of your case.

    Nothing on this webpage is intended as an offer to provide services, nor legal advice.  All services are governed by written contract signed by client and attorney.  Attorney reserves the right to refuse services to any person.  Please contact the Law Office of John V. Coy for more information: (801) 746-0314 

  • There are some things you can do to avoid unnecessary fees for your case.

    • Follow attorney’s recommendations.
    • Think and make a list of your questions(s) and concerns, and then contact the attorney. Hourly rates are rounded up in 6 minute intervals (many attorneys round up to 12). Therefore, multiple calls or messages cost more than one message with multiple questions.
    • Use the right type of communication. Usually email is efficient, but not always. Think about how your questions can be most efficiently communicated and responded to. If you have too many details to take time to write, it may be too many for the attorney to write in a phone conversation, so ask the receptionist to put you directly to voicemail, where the attorney can review and replay details.
    • Avoid using attorney to vent, or re-vent frustrations that you know the attorney cannot resolve. Write down your concerns and frustrations, and if you think it may be relevant to your case, highlight the important points after you’ve got it all out, and then email it to your attorney. If its too much to write, and you want your attorney to actually be able to retain the information you provide, it is probably best to leave a voicemail that the attorney can review and replay.
    • Keep a daily (or at least weekly) journal of the significant aspects of your case, as directed by your attorney, especially for parent time issues. Trying to re-create a timeline after the fact can be time consuming, and is typically less accurate, which can hurt your case.
    • For journaling, use the CustodyXchange deluxe edition. It’s not cheap (pricing: https://www.custodyxchange.com/purchase/parents.php), but if you have parent time disputes, it typically pays for itself many times over in saved attorney fees.  OurFamilyWizard.com is a useful alternative, which can help you stay on the same page and communicate with a co-parent. Workflowy.com is an inexpensive, and sometimes adequate outline and note taking program that is sometimes adequate for journaling, but remember to add the date and day of week for all of your entries. Workflowy will require more time to convert and compare to your scheduled time when preparing papers for court than the other products, but is generally better than calendar products that do not provide enough space for journaling.
    • Reduce conflict in appropriate ways (you may want to consult with your attorney), and let your attorney know you expect him or her to make proper efforts to reduce unnecessary conflict.
    • Go to mediation early.
    • Focus on the best interests of the children when considering custody and parent time, not fairness or child support (otherwise you’ll not only be fighting the other parent, but also the court).
    • Try to detach from the emotional and personal aspects of financial issues, even if just long enough to negotiate and consider compromises with a cost/benefit analysis, not as need to prove something, or to win, or defeat the other party. 
    • Always update your address and contact information with your attorney.
    • When providing your attorney with evidence, get it organized first. If you’re not sure how to organize it, ask. If its complicated, or voluminous, make a 30 min appointment, bring it in with you in some kind of organized manner, and let the attorney work out a strategy with you to get the information organized.
    • When text messages or email history are part of your evidence (or other evidence that requires putting pieces together), do NOT send multiple screen shots or photos as separate email, or even as numerous attachments to a single email.  And do not re-type them all. Instead, print such multiple documents or text screen shots to a copy center (like FedEx Office), get themin order (usually chronological order), and have them scanned in as a single pdf. Then email the combined pdf file to your attorney.

    The foregoing is intended only as general information, not legal advice.  Every case is different.  For example, some parties present risks of violence, or have other mental health issues (sometimes subtle) that may require a different approach.  You should hire a family law attorney for advice about how to best pursue your case.  

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    • Bar Admission: Utah State Bar 1996
    • Special Training: Mediation, Family Law Mediation, Private Guardian ad Litem (representing minor children in high conflict custody/parent-time disputes, by appointment of the court) 
    • Law School: J.Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, J.D. 1996; Conference Editor, Journal of Law and Education. Vice President, Alternative Dispute Resolution Society, 1994-1995.
    • University: Brigham Young University, B.A., International Relations, 1991
    • Memberships: Utah State Bar (Member, Sections on: Family Law; Litigation); American Bar Association.
    • Professional: Principal-Owner, The Law Office of John V. Coy, 2000-present.  Adjunct Faculty, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2002-2003.  Trust Lands Probate Law Clerk for Federal Admin Law Judges, U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Hearings and Appeals, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1996-2000.  Assistant Editor, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington D.C., 1994.  Publications Coordinator, The Heritage Foundation, Washington D.C., 1992-1993.
    • Interests: Family, Friends, Backpacking, Hiking, Swimming, Entrepreneurship, European Cultures, History, International Affairs, Public Policy, Travel, Dog Training, Reading, Writing, Sports, Astronomy, Technology.

            “Get the quality family law services you need.  Know your legal options.  Choose full-service hourly rates, limited-scope flat rates, pro se coaching, or mediation services.  Whether you choose me as your lawyer, or your mediator, I can deftly guide you through your divorce or other family law matter.”  — John V. Coy, Attorney at Law (over 15 years in Utah family law/divorce practice)

Quick Guide to Select Utah Family Laws

 

  • Utah Code of Family LawsIntroduction to Utah Family Law Statutes and Court Rules.  Laws called statutes are posted online by the Utah legislature, as the Utah Code (U.C.A.).  The courts post the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure (URCP) online.  Both are important to your case.  It may be helpful to think of the “statutes” as the guidelines, factors, and standards to be considered/applied by the court in deciding your case.  You can think of the “rules” as the procedure you must follow for filing papers and presenting evidence to the court, and for moving your case through the court.  Prior case decisions (decided on appeal), called “case law” also affect how the court applies statutes and rules to later cases.

  • asian kidsChild Custody.  Custody and parent time history (whether or not agreed to), including from the time of separation until reaching court, heavily impacts the court’s evaluation, especially if you don’t get to court quickly.  UCA 30-3-10 contains a list of considerations the court applies.  (Although the custody and parent time provisions are in the husband and wife section of the UCA, they also apply for unwed parents.)   There are statutory parent time schedules, but you may create and propose any schedule you believe is best for the child(ren).  You should consult with an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible regarding custody and parent time issues.  Nothing on this website is intended as legal advice.

  • Father Helping Daughter With HomeworkJoint Child Custody (part 1).  UCA Section 30-3-10.1  defines joint legal custody and joint physical custody, which are two different things.  UCA Section 30-3-10.2  provides various factors for the court to consider in deciding whether a joint custody arrangement is appropriate.  UCA Section 30-3-10.8 requires filing a parenting plan when seeking any joint custody arrangement, and Section 30-3-10.9 describes requirements for parenting plans.  Section 30-3-10.4 sets requirements for modifying or terminating a joint custody arrangement.  Other statutes and rules apply.  You should consult with a family law attorney about how any law may or may not affect your particular case.

  • Mother Saying Goodbye To Children As They Leave For SchoolJoint Child Custody (part 2 – attorney comment).  There are many ways to arrange joint custody for your children, any number of schedules, any number of decision making arrangements, and more.  The court generally accepts whatever plan that you agree on with the other parent.  The primary consideration of the court is what arrangement promotes the best interests of your child(ren).  Fairness for either parent is not the standard applied by the court.   Mediation can help you reach an agreement, which you can customize more than what the court generally will do.   Nothing on this website is intended as legal advice.  You should hire an attorney to obtain legal advice for your case.

  • Portrait of happy mother and babyMinimum Statutory Parent Time Schedules (Traditional).  The traditional and minimum parent time schedule for noncustodial parents (every other weekend and one weekday evening per week) is described at UCA 30-3-35 for children 5-18 years old, and there is another schedule for younger children, described at UCA 30-3-35.5.  These traditional schedules are still common and work well for many parents.  Regardless of your parent time arrangement subsections (c) through (j) of UCA 30-3-35 are often adopted for the limited purpose of setting an alternating holiday sharing schedule.  You should consult with a family law attorney about how any provision of any law may or may not affect your particular case.

  • Happy father and son making renovationOptional Statutory Parent Time Schedule (145 Overnights).  Significantly, there is a fairly new (since May 2015) optional parent time schedule in the statutes, at UCA 30-3-35.1, which is popular.  It is intended for children 5-18 years old, but it may be applied to younger children.  It requires the “noncustodial” parent to demonstrate various factors, including that the optional schedule is in the child(ren)’s best interests.  With 145 overnights a year for the “noncustodial” parent, it is by definition a joint physical custody arrangement (see UCA 30-3-10.1), and it requires a parenting plan under UCA 30-3-10.8.  You should consult with a family law attorney about how any statutory provision may or may not affect your case.

  • Child Support CalculatorChild Support.  In the vast majority of cases, child support is formulaic, and the online child support calculator  provided by The Utah Office of Recovery Services (ORS) can calculate support.  However, issues arise over income and parent time overnights (both are calculator inputs).  You can try out different scenarios with the calculator to see how different inputs affect support.  Ongoing child support is the child(ren)’s right, and typically cannot be waived.  In contrast, reimbursement of child support (arrears) is the right of the parent (or the State) that provided for the child.  (Arrears may be waived by a signed agreement.)  Nothing on this website is intended as legal advice.  You should consult an experienced family law attorney regarding child support issues.

  • Utah Advisory Guidelines for Legal Child CustodyUtah Advisory Guidelines.   UCA 30-3-33 contains numerous guidelines you may want to use.  It addresses several common custody and parent time issues, like pick-up, drop off, access to school information and medical records, and more.  You may choose to incorporate all of them in your filings, or pick and choose and adjust them to suit your case.  If you don’t include them, the court may nevertheless choose to apply some of them later, but typically you should specifically include the provisions you want in your court filings.  This is not intended as legal advice.  Every case is different.  You should hire a family law attorney for advice about how any law may or may not affect your case.

  • Parental Relocation and Parent TimeParental Relocation.  When one parent wants to move some distance away, it will inevitably affect the custody and parent time arrangements in a significant way.  There are rules at UCA 30-3-37 that apply when relocating 150 miles or more away, which include advance notice requirements, a different minimum parent time schedule, allocation of travel expenses and more.  Other laws may also apply.  Relocation is an issue you would do well to discuss with an attorney well in advance of any move.  You should consult with a family law attorney about how any law or provision may or may not affect your particular case.

  • Alimony Payment Alimony.  The issue of alimony tends to be less predictable than others.  You should consult with an experienced family law attorney before agreeing to (or paying) any alimony.  Unlike child support, there is no formula.  UCA 30-3-5(8)  lists many factors for the court to consider.  Absent extenuating circumstances, alimony cannot be ordered for a duration longer than the number of years of the marriage (and it is often shorter).  Also, alimony typically terminates upon re-marriage or co-habitation by the receiving spouse.  Nothing on this website is intended as legal advice.  Every case is different.  You should hire an experienced family law attorney for advice regarding alimony.

  • Alimony and FaultAlimony and Fault.  The court may consider fault as a factor in determining alimony, as described at UCA 30-3-5(8)(b)-(c).  However, in practice, the court virtually never gives the fault of infidelity any significant weight, notwithstanding UCA 30-3-5(8)(c)(i).   A fault factor that usually would increase alimony is at subsection (8)(c)(iv), such as when the fault of one spouse significantly diminishes the other spouse’s ability to earn.  (A compelling example is an injury caused by spousal abuse that diminishes employment capacity and creates ongoing medical expenses.)  Nothing on this website is intended as legal advice.  Every case is different.  You should hire an experienced family law attorney for alimony advice.

  • Family Law Case Discovery RulesInitial Disclosures.  If your family law case is disputed, both parties must automatically (without request) exchange their “Initial Disclosures,”  according to URCP Rule 26.1.  This is part of the “Discovery” process, which is the process of discovering/obtaining information to present your case.  Deadlines for “Initial Disclosures” are included in Rule 26.1.  Parties should review this rule carefully, at or before the first filing in the case, because a lot of information must be collected and exchanged in a relatively short period of time.  Nothing on this website is intended as legal advice.  You should hire a family law attorney for advice and information for your case.

  • General Rules for Discovery of EvidenceDiscovery of Evidence.  The Utah Rules of Civil Procedure provide processes and deadlines for obtaining information needed to support your case.  In addition to the automatically required “Initial Disclosures,” URCP Rules 26-37 (click the link, then scroll down to Rules 26-37 (Part V of the URCP)) allow you to send written questions, and/or conduct formal face-to-face interviews (called “depositions”), request documents, ask for physical and mental examinations, and even inspect property.  Nothing on this website is intended as legal advice.  You should hire an attorney to determine which discovery processes are appropriate and necessary for your case.

  • Family Law Commissioner Rules for MotionsMotions for Temporary Orders and to Enforce Orders.  Before your case is ready for trial (it typically takes many months), you can obtain and enforce temporary orders by filing written “motions,” (formal requests) with the court.  Domestic Relations Commissioners handle most of the motions up until your case is “certified” (deemed ready) for a trial before a judge.  URCP Rule 101 governs the motion, notice, and hearing processes before commissioners.  The most common motions are to obtain temporary orders, and to enforce existing orders (contempt), but other motions can be filed.  Nothing on this website is intended as legal advice.  You should hire an attorney for advice on how to proceed with your case.

  • Objecting to Family Law Commissioner RecommendationObjecting to a Commissioner’s Recommendation.  A commissioner’s “recommendation” is the order of the court, unless altered by a judge.  Generally, a judge will only alter a commissioner’s recommendation if a timely filed objection convinces the judge that the commissioner improperly applied the law (not just that a different order would be better).  However, when objecting to a custody recommendation, parties have a right  (upon request) to a hearing by a judge (except for custody ordered in a protective order proceeding).  After conducting a hearing, a judge is more likely to apply his or her own judgment, and defer less to the commissioner.  See URCP Rule 108(d)(3).  Nothing on this website is intended as legal advice.  You should hire an attorney to obtain advice for your case.

  • Certification of Readiness for Trial of Family Law CaseCertification for Trial.  If you are unable to settle your case, it must go to trial for the judge to decide.    You must file a certification with the court that your case is ready for trial, on the court’s form, which includes a checklist of what must have been completed before filing the form.  Domestic relations trials follow the same rules of evidence and procedure as other cases (unless both parties agree to an Informal Trial of Support, Custody and Parent Time, under Rule 4-904).  Nothing on this website is intended as legal advice.  You should hire an attorney to obtain advice for your case.

  • Informal Trial of Child Support Child Custody and Parent TimeInformal Trial of Support, Custody and Parent Time.  The Utah Code of Judicial Administration, Rule 4-904 allows for an informal trial on issues of child support, child custody and parent time.  It is only available if both parties agree to it.  A judge (or a commissioner, if both parties agree) conducts the trial.  It reduces attorney prep time (and fees), and gets you to trial sooner.  It dramatically simplifies presenting evidence.  Both parties must sign a waiver of their rights to a regular trial.  Parties can then submit any documents to the judge, and neither party can cross examine witnesses.  However, you can ask the judge to ask a question for you, and the judge will decide whether and how to ask it.  Nothing on this website is intended as legal advice.  You should hire an attorney to obtain advice for your case.

Utah Family Law Attorney Blog  –John V. Coy

 

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  • Mediation vs. Litigation

    There are times when going to trial is the best option for a particular case, but the fact is that taking a case all the way to trial is rarely the best option for anyone but the attorneys.   Mediation requires compromise, but greatly reduces uncertainty, stress, and attorney fees.  For a FREE initial consultation […]

  • Protective Orders (under the Utah Cohabitant Abuse Act)

    Any cohabitant* who has been subjected to abuse** or domestic violence,*** or to whom there is a substantial likelihood of abuse or domestic violence, may seek an ex parte protective order . . . .  For a FREE initial consultation about your case, including questions about filing for or defending against a protective order, please contact […]

  • Parent Time and Presumptions

    Parent time issues are often the most contentious. They need not be. The intended take away from this blog article is to focus on practicalities. The court’s perception of the best interests of the child(ren) is always the driving factor, not equity for parents.  For a FREE initial consultation about your family law case, including […]

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    Unlike child support (there is an online “child support calculator” that formulaically computes child support), there is no formula for determining alimony in Utah.  Alimony depends on various factors . . . For a FREE initial consultation about your family law case, including questions about alimony, please contact The Law Office of John V. Coy, at: […]

Additional Resources

 

  • logo-custodyxchangeCustodyXchange.com     This is a parent time calendaring and journaling product, and more.  I recommend only the deluxe edition, which helps you maintain a proper journal of planned/ordered parent time vs. actual/exercised parent time.  It also allows for extensive notes for any incident that requires it.  This is my product of choice because it excels at creating court friendly reports that can save hours of attorney or paralegal time.   There are a number of payment options available, rather than a subscription.

  • our-family-wizard-logowww.OurFamilyWizard.com    This is a parenting time calendaring and journaling product, similar to  www.CustodyXchange.com.  Compare and decide which one works best for you.  I prefer CustodyXchange for its extra features, and its reporting formats, but either product is likely adequate.  Unlike CustodyXchange, OurFamilyWizard is a subscription based product.

  • Protective Order conceptProtective Order Forms:  The Utah Courts offer free help with protective orders on a walk-in basis, on the main floor of the Matheson Courthouse, located at 450 South State Street, in downtown Salt Lake City.  The link provided here will allow you to download the forms you will need to complete in advance.  Otherwise, you can check in and fill out forms at the courthouse.  I recommend you download them first and consult with an attorney before filing, if time permits for you to do so safely, but it is not strictly necessary.  You should try to arrive three hours before closing, as the process can take some time, and requires a judge’s signature.

  • uptoparentslogoUpToParents.org and ProudToParent.org are two websites by husband and wife, Charlie Asher and Barb Asher.  You can read about this Indiana lawyer and social worker team on their “About UTP” page.  Their websites include videos and worksheets that encourage and support healthy co-parenting, problem-solving, and mediation.   I recommend their free resources as very helpful for co-parenting, notwithstanding that Indiana specific information may not be useful.

  • orslogoThe Utah Office of Recovery Services (ORS) can help you with many child support issues.  Their website is a bit unwieldy, so start on the Child Support Servicespage.  They host a free, reliable online child support calculator,  that calculates support based on statutory guidelines.  ORS exists for the purpose of collecting child support.  Their fee is nominal.  They offer online access for your ORS case/account.   In most cases they can start collecting child support even before a case is filed in court.  Contact them by phone at: (801) 536-8500 (and see: http://www.ors.utah.gov/access/access.htm).  They’ll let you know what they can not do (such as determine disputed custody).

  • The Utah Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS)  will investigate concerns about child abuse.  This is a serious matter.  If you suspect child abuse or neglect is occurring, you should call the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1-855-323-DCFS (3237).   Know that if you are in a child custody or parent time dispute, baseless allegations of abuse or neglect will most likely impact your case negatively.  An intentional false claim of abuse or neglect could easily cause you to lose a custody case that you may otherwise have won, and you could suffer criminal penalties.  Call if you have a reasonable basis to believe child abuse or neglect is occurring.  Do NOT call just to try to help your custody or parent time case.

  • UTcourtssealonlycrop OCAP  is a generic document preparation program for pro se court filers in Utah, provided by the court.  Although OCAP is a cookie-cutter type option that may not well fit the facts of your case (without that being obvious when you use it), if you can’t afford an attorney to draft documents, it may be your best available option, and it can work.  If you use OCAP, you should at least have an attorney review your documents, explain them, along with the meaning of significant legal jargon, and legal consequences of provisions, and advise you of any changes you should make before filing.

  • soberlinklogoSoberLink is an alcohol monitoring system used immediately before or even  during parent time, for a parent with an alcohol abuse problem.  It sends immediate, real-time results to the other parent, or a third party, or both.  Testing is fast and discrete, done with a hand held system that verifies the face of the user by video, while blowing into the breathalizer device.  This is useful as a more natural (for the parent and child(ren)), more cost effective alternative than professional supervision of parent time by a third party.  See the Soberlink website for more information.

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    UtahSafeHaven.org   In May 2001, a Utah state-wide law went into effect, allowing birth parents to anonymously give up custody of their newborn child without facing penalties.  Utah Safe Haven promotes information about the Safe Haven law, providing information about an alternative to abandonment.  The new Teacher Tool Kit on their Resources page has a presentation, videos, and pre/post tests.   The Resources page also has links for emergency child care resources.

  • FamilySupportCenterlogoUtahFamilySupport.org  The Utah Association of Family Support Centers states their mission as supporting parents, protecting children, and preserving families.  There are Family Support Centers throughout Utah.  As of March 2016, they are located in 11 communities.  Family Support Centers are state licensed facilities that assist families by offering a safe, homelike environment where parents can bring their children during time of high stress, emergency, or crisis.  Contact: (801) 955-9110, or  (801) 393-3113
  • WestRidgeLogoWest Ridge Academy in West Jordan provides schooling and clinical care programs for troubled youth ages 9-18.  West Ridge deals with numerous issues, including: education, anxiety disorder, personality disorder, self-esteem, pornography, peers, motivation, lying, mild learning disabilities, bereavement, anger, bipolar, ADD, ADHD, ODD (oppositional defiant disorder), substance abuse, depression or dysthymia, RAD (reactive attachment disorder), OCD, PTSD, eating disorders, physical/sexual abuse, self-harm, and rebellion.  Contact West Ridge Academy at: (801) 282-1000.

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  • EndrsOtterstromK “John truly cares about his clients’ interests and represents them with tenacity and diligence.”  — Christina Otterstrom, Family Law / Litigation Attorney

  • EndrsHaslamM“I endorse this lawyer.  I choose to refer my clients to John because of his expertise and character.”  — Michael Haslem, Estate Planning Attorney

  • EndrsFerrinL “I highly recommend John Coy for all of your family law needs.  He is thorough, professional and detail-oriented.  He is a zealous advocate, just the kind of attorney you will be glad you have representing you in your divorce or custody case.”  — Laura Ferrin, Bankruptcy Attorney

  • EndrsStolzM“I endorse John.  He brings compassion, lots of experience and a realistic view to what can be achieved for clients.  In addition, he works as a family law mediator and as a guardian ad litem, so he brings a variety of unique skills to every family law case.”  — Martin Stolz, Family Law Attorney

  • EndrsGregorsonR “John is a very competent, experienced attorney.  He has a good demeanor, and is well-liked and well-respected by the attorneys, commissioners and judges here in Utah.”  — Ryan Gregerson, Divorce Attorney 

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  • “I eEndrsWaddingtonMndorse  John.  He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.”  — Michael Waddington, Military Law Attorney

  • EndrsCookM“I endorse this lawyer.  He is personable, knowledgeable, and a great lawyer.”  — Mel Cook, Social Security Attorney

  • annonymous profile“5 out of 5 stars.  My name is [J.D.].  John took on 2 cases for me at once and was very thorough and thoughtful.  When he says he is going to do something, he does.  He walks you through the best actions to get the best results.   [   ]  I highly recommend him.”  —  J.D.,  Divorce & Protective Order Client 

  • 50 West Broadway, Suite 300

    • Broadway Media Building: The Law Office of John V. Coy is located  on the 3rd floor of the Broadway Media Building (formerly the Chase Bank tower), in downtown Salt Lake City.  The Broadway Media Building is a 12-story tower building that is attached by a sky-way to Ruth’s Chris steakhouse.  There is a large 2-story LED video display on the southwest corner of the tower, near street level.  The small photos next to these directions shows Ruth’s Chris steakhouse in the foreground (immediately south of the Hilton hotel).  The Broadway Media Building tower is immediately behind (east of) Ruth’s Chris steakhouse.  (The sky-way attaching the two buildings is somewhat recessed, and not visible in the photo.  It also may not be visible to you from the intersection at West Temple street, depending upon foliage.)
    • Parking: There is ample public parking surrounding the building, including the shared parking lot with Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.
    • Driving  I-15 northbound: From the south, take the 600 South exit, and continue east on 600 South to West Temple street.  Turn left (north) onto West Temple street and continue three blocks to Broadway street (a.k.a. 300 South).   Notice the Ruth’s Chris steakhouse is on the NE corner of the intersection (West Temple and Broadway). The Broadway Media Building tower is immediately east of  Ruth’s Chris steakhouse, the buildings attached to each other by a sky-way.
    • Driving I-15 southbound:  From the north take the 400 South exit, and continue east on 400 South to West Temple street.  Turn left (north) onto West Temple street and continue one block to Broadway street (a.k.a. 300 South).   Notice the Ruth’s Chris steakhouse is on the NE corner of the intersection (West Temple and Broadway).  The Broadway Media Building tower is immediately east of  Ruth’s Chris steakhouse, the buildings attached to each other by a sky-way.
    • Trax: The Gallivan Center Trax station is approximately one city block from The Broadway Media Building tower.  Exit at the Gallivan Center Station, and walk south, 1/4 block to the intersection of Main Street, and Broadway street (a.k.a. 300 South).  Turn right (west) on Broadway, and continue 3/4 block to the Broadway Media Building.

 50 West Broadway, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, Utah  84101

(801) 746-0314

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