Brad Voss Law

Firm Overview

Main Office
Main Office
4511 S. 600 East
#6
Murray  UT  84107
Phone
  • (801) 261-1000
Websites
Child Custody
Child Custody, Visitation, Enforcement of Visitation, Motion for Temporary Orders, Paternity, Divorce, Separation, Mediation, Supervised Visitation, Parental Rights, Adoption, Guardianship for Special Needs, Child Support, Stipulations and Settlement
VISION & PHILOSOPHY

Children are our highest priority. We are experienced in all aspects of family law, but our firm has a passion for protecting children and providing for their needs.

Our philosophy is to mediate and negotiate wherever possible, and fight when necessary. We respect our client's needs to minimize costs, and we strive to help our clients understand the avenues open to them and anticipate what the costs will be for each legal action. No attorney can guarantee that your case will be won, but we strive to provide our clients with reasonable expectations based on our own experiences as well as statutory and case-law interpretation. For example, if you are going through a Divorce, our goal is to help your family bring divorce to a conclusion so that you can move on. If you have children it is especially important to get back to the business of being parents. Temporary Orders are critical in divorce or parentage (paternity) cases. Divorces will take months or even years, time whose impact is greater the younger one is. Temporary Orders provide for their needs and designate where the child shall live and who shall pay child support until the divorce or parentage action is finalized.

There are many documents that must be prepared, and certain ways that these must be submitted, and it is a time consuming process to learn HOW to divorce before a person can even begin to do their own divorce. Some general ideas are that if children are involved or there are more than $30,000 in either assets or debts, you should probably have an attorney.

At the initial consultation, ask about our non-contested divorce package and about whether your case might fit into our Fee-Capped Divorce package. We are different from most other firms, and our total representation costs are often thousands less than other firms.

Experts agree that kids need both of their parents in their lives. Unless the parents remain good friends and really strive to work together to support the child or children in a shared or "Joint Physical Custody" arrangement, the Court must make the difficult decision about which parent will have the child or children reside with them. The parent with whom the child lives is known as the "Custodial" parent. The Court may designate this parent as having "Primary Physical Custody" or "Sole Custody". Except for issues regarding the visitation rights of the non-custodial parent, the parent with Primary Physical Custody has the "final say" in most decisions related to the child or children. It is important to obtain the first custody order in your favor because the Court will not change or modify custody decisions without substantial reasons to justify a change. The parent who is assigned the initial "Primary Physical Custody" will probably continue to have the child live with them until the child reaches the age of adulthood. This inertia can be overcome, but it is an uphill battle unless the custodial parent does something that harms the child or fails to provide protection from harm for the child.

Ultimately, the Court is supposed to handle issues involving children according to the "Best Interests of the Child" standard.There are statutes in Utah regarding what factors are to be considered in deciding which parent should have primary custody (See Utah Code 30-3-10), minimum visitation for the non-custodial parent who lives within 150 miles of the custodial parent (See Utah Code 30-3-35), and minimum visitation for the non-custodial parent who lives more than 150 miles away from the custodial parent. (See Utah Code 30-3-37 which is also known as the "Relocation Statute".) There are many factors that must be considered, and we strive to understand and even to explore all the reasons why our client feels that they should have Primary Physical Custody. We cannot win every case, and so we try to give our potential clients a reasonable assessment in the Free Initial Consultation to help them decide whether to ask for custody or to negotiate for the most favorable terms as the non-custodial parent.

Legal Custody is an entirely different matter. This should not be confused with Physical custody (which the above paragraphs talked about). The Divorce Decree, Paternity Decree, or Modification of Custody Order documents should assign both Physical and Legal Custody. Joint Legal Custody is the standard in Utah. Unless there are strong reasons why one of the parents should not have any say in decisions related to the minor child or children, the Court should award Joint Legal Custody. With Joint Legal Custody (and well written custody documents), the non-custodial parent's contact information should be entered into any school registration documents and listed in any context where an emergency contact is requested. It is important to be listed on the medical, dental, and school registration documents so that you have access to your child's records and can participate in decisions
Divorce
Divorce, Separation, Temporary Orders, Child Custody, Property Division, Retirement Account division (QDROs), Marital Debts and Property, Award of Marital Home, Child Care, Child Support, Child Visitation, Protective Orders, Domestic Violence
Divorce is a time of great uncertainty, and our goal is to provide you with full representation without aggravating your situation. The biggest reason people try to do their own divorces without attorneys is the cost of legal services. While we can't work for free, you should ask at the initial consultation in our office about whether a fee-cap agreement could work for your case.

No one enters marriage expecting it to end. Whether you've come to that decision or need counsel in understanding your options, we provide a free consultation. Many divorces in Utah proceed without legal counsel on either side, but don't let the urgency of dissolving the marriage induce you to sign away your rights. One of my current clients did a "mediated divorce" without having an attorney represent him. He was just anxious to get out of the situation, so he agreed to provisions that he should not have. Four years later, it cost him about $20,000 (through another attorney) to get a modification to the divorce decree. That was three years ago, and he just hired me to help him to resolve some issues that should have been handled in the original decree and also should have been resolved in the Modification Order.

We bring knowledge and experience gained through work with the Utah Family Clinic and specialized coursework in family law, as well as decades of real world experience seeing how divorce can sometimes be the kindest cut.

Our vision is to resolve the divorce as quickly as possible so that the parties can get back to their lives. This is especially important when children are at issue in the divorce. When parents consider divorce, the issue often get worse and worse because the parents don't want to break up the home and thereby hurt their children. While the intent is admirable, a happy single parent who is moving forward with their life can be a better example for a child than a miserable spouse who has all the best intentions to be a good parent, but who is seething with frustration in their marriage. Divorce can be a bridge that enables a stronger connection between parents and children once all the issues with the spouse are put to rest.

Our philosophy is to mediate and negotiate wherever possible, and fight when necessary. We respect our client's needs to minimize costs, and we strive to help our clients understand the avenues open to them and anticipate what the costs will be for each legal action. No attorney can guarantee that your case will be won, but we strive to provide our clients with reasonable expectations based on our own experiences as well as statutory and case-law interpretation. For example, if you are going through a Divorce, our goal is to help your family bring divorce to a conclusion so that you can move on. If you have children it is especially important to get back to the business of being parents. Divorces will take months or even years, time whose impact is greater the younger one is.

There are many things that need to be arranged in a divorce:

Property division
Division of Real Estate Equity
Who resides in the marital home?
Division of Retirement Assets
Division of any business assets
Division of debts
Custody of children
Visitation for the non-custodial parent
Tax filings and deductions / credits
Child Support
Alimony

This is only a partial list of the most common issues that must be addressed.

There are many documents that must be prepared, and certain ways that these must be submitted, and it is a time consuming process to learn HOW to divorce before a person can even begin to do their own divorce. Some general ideas are that if children are involved or there are more than $30,000 in either assets or debts, you should probably have an attorney.

At the initial consultation, ask about our non-contested divorce package and about whether your case might fit into our Fee-Capped Divorce package. We are different from most other firms, and our total representation costs are often thousands less than other firms.

We are compassionate and caring people. We strive to understand your situation completely so that we can assist you to get the best possible outcomes. Our goal is to get your issues resolved as quickly as possible so that you can get back to living your life.

We offer a Free Initial Consultation at our office to help you decide what course of action will best meet your needs and budget. We are experienced with mediation and comfortable with negotiating, but we are also capable advocates in producing documents and in representing clients at hearings and trials where necessary.

CALL today for a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION: 801-261-1000

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Children are our highest priority. Family Law is the practice where we can best contribute to the support of children. We are experienced in all aspects of family law, but our firm has a passion for protecting children and providing for their needs.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Although English is the first language of Bradley Voss, he is also fluent in Arabic - which he learned while serving in the U.S. Air Force.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Bradley Voss personally interacts with each client. This firm sets appointments to meet with clients and prospective clients after normal work hours and even on Saturdays to accommodate working people.

Our philosophy is to mediate and negotiate wherever possible, and fight when necessary. We respect our client's needs to minimize costs, and we strive to help our clients understand the avenues open to them and anticipate what the costs will be for each legal action. No attorney can guarantee that your case will be won, but we strive to provide our clients with reasonable expectations based on our own experiences as well as statutory and case-law interpretation. For example, if you are going through a Divorce, our goal is to help your family bring divorce to a conclusion so that you can move on. If you have children it is especially important to get back to the business of being parents.

At the initial consultation, ask about our non-contested divorce package and about whether your case might fit into our Fee-Capped Divorce package. We are different from most other firms, and our total representation costs are often thousands less than other firms.

Brad Voss

Brad Voss was born in the Salt Lake Valley and graduated from Hillcrest High School. He served in the United States Air Force and was awarded a bachelor's in Middle East Studies from the University of Utah. After spending over a decade as a Licensed Massage Therapist, he returned to the U and earned a Juris Doctor from the S.J. Quinney School of Law.

Brad was assigned as the executor and trustee when a friend died of malaria. That estate owned 6 residential properties in 6 different states, 2 international patents, and various other complexities with the beneficiaries living in Russia. He learned a lot about property law, estates, and trusts through that first hand experience. This experience contributed to the decision to enter law school.

Brad and his wife experienced the loss of their first child when they were much younger, which intensified and emphasized in them their concern and care for their living children. Brad is motivated to resolve divorces quickly particularly when children are involved. It is better for everyone if the parties can get through their divorce quickly and get back to doing what is most important in their lives.

In his spare time, Brad enjoys riding his bicycle, woodworking, and playing games with his family.
License
  • Bar Number: 14827
    Utah , 2013
Education
  • University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
    Juris Doctor , 2013
    Emphasis on Courtroom Litigation

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