What You Need to Know Before Filing for a Divorce in Utah

What You Need to Know Before Filing for a Divorce in Utah

If you have made that difficult decision to divorce your spouse, you need to be aware of the state’s requirements prior to taking the money, time, and effort to start the process. You need to make sure your union is qualified for a Utah divorce proceeding and what is needed to proceed.

Utah Residency Time Requirements

To qualify for a Utah Divorce, you and your spouse must have lived in a single county in Utah for at least three months prior to filing a divorce petition in court. There are some exceptions, but when a custody matter of a child is also at issue, the child should have lived for at least six months with one or more of the parents in Utah.

Specific Grounds for Divorce

There are many grounds for divorce, as listed in Utah Code Section 30-3-1(3). However, irreconcilable differences are the grounds most often used.

Divorce Can be Costly

The fees and costs will vary depending on the county and other factors, but usually include costs for the following:

  • Attorney fees
  • Costs of copying documents
  • The fee to file the divorce petition in court
  • Fees to serve the petition and summons
  • Online Court Assistance Program fees (OCAP)
  • When minor children are part of the union, fees for the Divorce Education and Orientation class
  • Office of Vital Records and Statistics Fees to record the divorce

It is important to know that if you cannot afford the court fees, you can request the court to waive them. However, you will have to prove to the judge that you can’t pay them. To do this, you will be required to file a document that details facts about your income, debts, and property.

Please be careful to not to include private information in public court documents, such as your social security numbers, dates of birth, and any information that can identify your children. This can expose you to fraud and many other financial problems.

Attorney Rex B Bushman is a highly experienced divorce lawyer who is here to help you with your personal divorce and child custody needs. Call (801) 652-9413 or email at info@rexbbushman.com for prompt assistance with your legal needs.