Gottwald Law, PLLC

Gottwald Law, PLLC

Nicholas Gottwald has specialized in family law, and is the attorney for all of your family's needs.

Firm Overview

Family law encompasses more than just divorce and related issues such as child custody and support and the division of property. Nicholas handles other family law matters such as paternity, adoptions and guardianships, as well as post-divorce modifications of domestic relations orders.


Nicholas represents his clients in all aspects of their divorce, from the property division and payment of child support and alimony, to child custody and parent time issues, including interstate child custody and visitation matters. From uncontested divorces to post-divorce modifications, from family mediation to courtroom litigation, our experienced Salt Lake City divorce attorneys have the knowledge, skills and abilities to see that your rights and interests are protected and promoted at every step of the divorce process.


A child's legal father has the legal right to custody and visitation, as well as the legal responsibility to financially support the child through the payment of child support if ordered. A child's parentage also fixes important legal rights for the child through childhood and on into adulthood. Nicholas represents family members in seeking to establish paternity, as well as fighting for father's rights and challenging paternity proceedings where appropriate.


Nicholas helps families grow through private and stepparent adoptions. He can also represent parents who challenge adoptions to which they haven't consented, or to fight removal and dependency proceedings in cases of alleged abuse or neglect.


Nicholas helps grandparents or other loving family members step in when the parents are unavailable or unable to care for their children. A legal guardian has the responsibility for the welfare of minors in their care. Nicholas can also be of help when a guardianship becomes necessary for an incapacitated adult.

Legal Separation

Where a couple chooses to live apart yet cannot divorce due to religious beliefs or other reasons, a decree of separate maintenance can be obtained which determines the rights of the spouses to separate and marital property, spousal support, and issues of child custody and child support.


Where a marriage was invalid to begin with because it did not meet with the legal requirements for marriage in Utah, Nicholas can help in obtaining an annulment that establishes the correct legal status of the parties to one another.

Name Changes

Whether an ex-spouse wishes to take back her name after divorce, or a custodial parent and child wish to share the same name, Nicholas can guide you through the process of accomplishing a legal name change efficiently and successfully, with a minimum of time, expense and headache on your part.

Prenuptial Agreements

If one party has significantly more assets or income than the other, a prenuptial agreement can help both parties feel that their rights protected and that they will not be taken advantage of in the event of a divorce. A prenuptial agreement may be especially useful if one or both spouses have been already been through a difficult divorce and are nervous about trying marriage again.

Domestic Violence

Utah law allows victims of verbal abuse, physical abuse, or stalking to obtain protective orders that can keep the abuser away from them and their children and family members. The protective order is a powerful tool for protection. At the same time, an allegation of domestic violence can adversely affect a person's status regarding child custody, child support, spousal support and more. We represent parties seeking to establish or challenge a protective order as necessary.

The Attorney For All Your Family's Needs

As the attorney for all your family needs, Nicholas is also available to handle estate planning and probate matters, criminal defense including DUI and juvenile offenses, personal injury, social security disability, workers' compensation, and a variety of business law topics.
Main Office
Nelson, Taylor and Associates
34 S. 500 E., Ste 105
Salt Lake City  UT  84102
  • (801) 538-0066
  • (801) 538-0073

Nicholas Gottwald

  • Bar Number: 14657
    Utah , 2013
  • University of Utah, SJ Quinney College of Law,
    Juris Doctor , 2013
    Nicholas was admitted to the University of Utah law school in 2010, and began working in extensively in family law as law clerk in 2011.
  • Brigham Young University
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science , 2009
    Nicholas prepared for law school by earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Brigham Young University, where he worked with lawyers and other legal professionals in Washington D.C. at the Department of Homeland Security.

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