Just like individuals, divorce cases are all unique--no two are the same. To provide the most affordable and flexible professional services, we have devised three levels of professional services.
This is likely the most expensive way to go. Traditional attorney representation in family law is where you, the client, pays a (typically) significant retainer fee and hands the planning and strategy almost entirely over to the lawyer. A lawyer representing a client in this capacity will enter his or her appearance in the filed case and all communication is handled through counsel. Traditional attorney representation rates in Weber County average around $200-350/hour. This may be the best option if --
you wish to eliminate as much as possible the burden and stress of planning and handling a divorce;
there are significant assets and there is a low probability of an agreement or out-of-court resolution;
time is of the essence and there is an urgent need for alimony and/or child support;
your case involves domestic violence and/or you are afraid of your spouse or the other parent.
you are in need of alimony and/or child support and you do not have access to information regarding your spouse's income or overall financial situation.
Professional legal consulting services can be purchased for a "flat fee" for certain specific projects and to assist clients handling their own case on an "as-needed" basis. This is also known as unbundled legal services. Legal consulting is more affordable and more flexible than traditional attorney representation.
Looking for personal or moral support? Divorce coaching might be your answer. Most Divorce lawyers are not equipped provide the kind of moral and personal support many people are seeking in their representative. As a divorce lawyer, myself, I can attest to the fact that divorce lawyers are really only trained to handle the business side of divorce; they are not trained to handle the personal side and many simply don't care or don't know how to help you out of your "story" of divorce. Those who don't receive the full support they need may not properly process everything that happens. When this occurs these people will likely struggle to find good outcomes and may find themselves owing upwards of $2,000 to $10,000 to $30,000+ to their lawyer for these not-so-good outcomes. When people finally receive the personal support they need, things tend to fall into place more easily, and with less struggle. These people are better able to (1) handle the business side of divorce with their lawyer. Because this is true, (2) they use their lawyer more efficiently--for legal matters; (3) they move on to a more successful and happy life; and (4) they save time and money.
How can a divorce coach help you?
Are you thinking about divorce but are unsure how to proceed?
You want a road map to guide you through the Utah divorce system;
you would like assistance taking that first step toward divorce.
You would like a sounding board or "thinking partner" to help you navigate through the tough decisions in divorce;
You want to know how to save money and efficiently use your attorney to get through the business side of divorce.
would like help devising a plan to navigate the divorce path efficiently, successfully, and with the least amount of waste and expense.
Jennifer L. Neeley, JD, CDC
Jennifer is a trusted legal advisor and counselor with over 13 years of litigation experience, focusing primarily on custody and parentage matters. However, she also has experience handling bankruptcy, social security disability, and estate planning matters. Her ability to empathize and actively listen to those in need is unlike that of any other attorney in Utah.
She is a member of the Family Law and Weber County Bar Associations. She is a regular volunteer in her community, including prior pro bono work with the Davis County Victim Advocate, assisting victims of domestic violence, and with the Utah Rainbow Law clinic. She has handled a variety of legal matters in both State and Federal court, including the Utah Court of Appeals.