Woman and man frustrated

Three Things You Should Know about the Utah Divorce Process

Divorce is a complex process, and each state has unique requirements and processes for spouses going through the process. If you’re considering beginning the divorce process in Utah, here are three things you should know.

1. Utah is a no-fault divorce state.

In the United States, each state is either a fault or no-fault divorce state. In a fault state, the spouse filing for divorce claims the other spouse is responsible for the demise of the marriage. In a no-fault state, no blame is placed on either party for the end of the marriage.

Utah is a no-fault divorce state, which means the grounds for divorce include irreconcilable differences, unworkable marriage, or marital misconduct.

2. In Utah, mothers must prove paternity to be granted child support.

In this state, the only methods for mothers to establish paternity is through agency action, voluntary declaration, or court determination. Establishing paternity forces fathers to provide child support (if their circumstances require it,) establish custody or parent time, and in some cases, can impact a father’s legal say in decisions regarding the child’s life. Additionally, establishing paternity could give a child access to medical and life insurance, and government benefits including Social Security and veterans/military allowances, and inheritance.

If you’re a father facing child custody or child support issues, our fathers’ rights attorneys can assist you.

3. Parents of minor children who want a divorce must attend divorce education classes.

If parents of minor children get divorced in Utah, the state requires the parents to attend divorce education and orientation classes. The divorce orientation class is offered online, and there’s an optional class designed for children whose parents are getting divorced.

Getting Divorced in Utah? Get the Right Representation

Divorce is complicated, and each state’s unique laws surrounding divorce make the process even more complex. If you’re considering divorcing your spouse, our Salt Lake City family law attorneys can help you navigate the process successfully.

If you’re thinking of filing for divorce, contact Lokken & Putnam, P.C. at (801) 829-9783 for a consultation with our Salt Lake City family law attorneys today.