Utah Divorce Process
If you’re filing for divorce, it’s important to seek help from an experienced family law attorney who can help you understand the divorce process. Our trusted divorce attorney in St George Utah can guide you through your divorce proceeding so you know what happens every step of the way and can get the outcome you desire.
Filing the Petition
Once one party (called the petitioner) files a petition of divorce to the court, a divorce case is started. Petitioners are then required to serve the other party with the petition and a summons. In many cases, a motion for temporary orders is filed along with these paperwork.
Utah now has a rule that imposes an immediate injunction on both parties. This means that neither party can sell marital assets, cancel phone or utility service, etc. without reaching an agreement or getting court order beforehand. In the past, we had to file a motion to get this done, but the rule change has made it easier to protect your share of the marital assets.
The next step in a divorce is the exchange of information. The first thing exchanged is usually a financial declaration along with the documents and statements that support it. This is done so that both sides have a clear picture of the marital assets and property, and it allows us to get good income information to calculate child support.
Aside from a few exceptions, it’s required for us to participate in mediation in good faith. Mediation is a great way to resolve a case for several reasons.
- It’s often the cheapest way to resolve disputes.
- It gives room for creative solutions that judges who tend to follow code have a hard time coming up with.
- You have control over the outcome, unlike when you go to trial and allow the court to decide for you.
If we can’t come to an agreement about your kids during the mediation, we often do a custody evaluation. This is a long, expensive, and complex process, which is why it’s important to seek help from an experienced mediator and get as much as possible done during mediation. Call us today at 435-674-2564 or fill out the contact form to schedule a consultation with us.