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Getting divorce in Utah

Getting a divorce in Utah is having its own specific laws which are different from the other state laws. Here are some points that you need to know while getting a divorce in Utah.

  • Before filing for the petition of divorce it is must that party filing for the divorce or party against divorce is taking place should be a resident of Utah State at least for three months. If the couple has a child, then a child must have resided in the state for six months.
  • The divorce process starts when one party files with the district court a written complaint known as a petition.
  • Utah is both fault and no-fault divorce state. In case of fault decision grounds of divorce must be specified on the original petition. A divorce process is finalize in 90 days after the petition is filed in the county court .If divorcing parties are not agree on the division of property and debt or child custody arrangements, judge will not to grant the divorce until these matters are clear.
  • In Utah you can file for divorce yourself without taking a lawyer. You can take help of online court assistance program, provided you and your spouse have combined income of 10,100 US dollars per month and you have less than six children.
  • After the petition for the divorce is filed the, either of the spouses may seek the temporary order of spousal support by the court of Utah. If the divorcing couples have a child, the spouse who have physical custody of the children will usually be granted temporary support.
  • Utah state law has equitable division of property. The division of property depends on following factors; the married life years, the age and health of the spouses, their current job status, income of each spouse. Court has the main power to divide the property.
  • Normally the judge considers that the property of the parties should divide by the mutual agreement. It is important to know that property division issue cannot reopen once it is final.
  • Divorcing couples are supported by the court to make an agreement regarding child custody and child support. If spouses cannot come to an agreement, Utah court law suggests the divorcing couples to attend conciliation and settlement before their case is open.
  • Couples with child are also required to be present at two-hour course of parenting child regarding issues such as the effect of divorce on child and post-divorce economic obligations.
  • During the final decree, a judge may grant alimony to either of the spouses. Judge considers several factors, including the financial needs of the party, her\his ability to earn etc.
  • Child support is granted to the spouse that has sole custody of the child. In case of joint custody the amount of support expenses are calculated by the state's income shares model.

These are the best resources for getting a divorce in Utah which focus on the solutions for the property division, child support, and the other legal issues you face during divorce process in Utah.

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