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Understanding Divorce Laws in Utah

A divorce can be difficult for both parties involved, with the process made even more complicated by some of the rules in effect in Utah. The complexities of a divorce require the intervention by a family law firm in Provo. The lawyers at the firm of Seiler Anderson Fife & Marshall provide this type of assistance.

Grounds for Divorce in Utah
In accordance with the state’s “no fault” policy, a divorce can be completed without assigning blame to either spouse. In cases where blame is assigned, the grounds for divorce include willful desertion, excessive drinking and physical or mental cruelty. Other issues to be dealt with in a divorce may include alimony and child custody. Pleading specific grounds for divorce could have an impact on alimony. If you believe you have grounds for divorce other than irreconcilable differences, our Provo UT divorce lawyers can help one or both parties deal with these and other issues.

The Initial Process of Divorce
State law requires that at least one of the spouses must have resided in Utah for at least three months before filing for divorce. The divorce may be filed in the county in which one of the parties reside, so this could be a motivation in filing first. The petitioner who is initiating the action must pay the filing fee (unless waived by the court) and serve the respondent with the related documents within 120 days of the filing. If the respondent does not file an answer within a specified period of time, the petitioner may be given a default judgment, which means the petitioner would receive a decree with the relief sought in the petition he or she filed. Provo UT divorce lawyers can help both sides obtain and file the required documentation in divorce cases.

Taking the Case to Court
In cases where the respondent answers the petition, the couple are required to meet in a mediation session before the case proceeds to trial. Parties who are dissatisfied with court decisions have up to 30 days to file an appeal. Additionally, a decree can usually be modified if subsequent issues arise. A family law firm in Provo will strive to find the best possible outcome in the divorce cases it handles.

Seeking the Help that is Needed
There is an online court program is available to help petitioners prepare their cases. If you use the court’s document preparation program and reach an agreement regarding the terms of the divorce with your spouse, we recommend having an attorney review the stipulation and final documents before filing, as there may be additional items you have not considered that may be difficult to address in the future.

If you would like to consult with an attorney who is knowledgeable of the laws in Utah and how they may impact your case, please contact the Provo divorce lawyers at the law firm of Seiler Anderson Fife & Marshall.

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