Nearly half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce; Utah is no different. Some divorces are amicable and the parties can come together to work out an agreement. Others involve high levels of conflict. At Pearson Butler, we understand that each family and each divorce is unique. We also understand that with the right counsel and strategy, you can turn your divorce into a new beginning.
Regardless of your situation, our attorneys at Pearson Butler can help you make the best of your circumstances and ensure that you can move forward with confidence, knowing your rights.
Strategic Counsel for Complex Situations
The attorneys at Pearson Butler are highly respected and experienced in helping clients through the divorce process in Utah. We understand that you need a lawyer who will represent your best interests during a divorce and also educate you about what to expect moving forward, as many of the issues you deal with during a divorce will last beyond the end of your marriage.
No matter how complex your marital estate is or how unique your goals are, our lawyers and mediators can help you achieve a swift and beneficial resolution. When properly handled, the end of your marriage can signify a new beginning and a better life for you and your family. Pearson Butler can help you in that process so that you get the new beginning you deserve.
Contact Pearson Butler today at (800) 265-2314 to discuss your options with a Utah divorce attorney in a confidential consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take to get a divorce in Utah?
After filing a petition for divorce, Utah law requires couples to wait at least 90 days before the final divorce order is entered with the court, as outlined under Utah Code Ann. § 30-3-18. While there may be some exceptions for “extraordinary circumstances” under this law, most courts are strict about enforcing the 90-day waiting period requirement. It is difficult to judge exactly how long a divorce will take after that point, especially if the couple has children together.
Divorces that involve many shared assets, properties, and business ventures may also take longer, as these can lead to disagreements and extended investigation periods. If you have concerns about the estimated duration of your divorce, please don’t hesitate to consult with an experienced attorney.
Can I use a mediator for my Utah divorce?
In Utah, divorcing couples are required to participate in at least one session of mediation, which is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that can help couples avoid costly court battles and exercise greater autonomy throughout the process. While mediation will not work for everyone, a skilled mediator can help you and your future ex-spouse engage in more positive dialogue – and make key decisions together about child custody, alimony, property division, and other matters.
What are the acceptable grounds for divorce in Utah?
Utah is considered a “mixed” divorce state, meaning that you can file for a no-fault divorce or cite one of several acceptable grounds in your petition. In order to pursue a no-fault divorce, you will need to claim irreconcilable differences or show that you have lived apart for 3 consecutive years without cohabitation.
Fault-based grounds for divorce in Utah include:
- Felony conviction for the petitioner
- Willful desertion of the petitioner for at least 1 year
- Willful neglect to provide necessities to the petitioner
- Impotency (at the start of marriage)
- Abuse and cruel treatment
- Alcoholism and habitual drunkenness
Dealing with Every Aspect of Your Divorce
Professionalism, hard work, and compassion drive our premier divorce lawyers in Utah, enabling our firm to secure favorable results even in the most complex, contested family law matters. Our skilled professionals have decades of experience and have worked with thousands of clients.
The firm’s divorce practice includes experienced representation for:
- Contested divorces
- Uncontested divorces
- High-asset or complex marital estates
- Business valuations
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
- Property division
- Debt division
- Spousal support
- Modification of child support or custody
- Enforcing custody orders
- Termination of parental rights
Minimize the emotional and financial cost of your divorce by having the right lawyer on your side. Pearson Butler understands how difficult divorce can be, particularly when children are involved. After taking the time to strategize with you about immediate and long-term goals, our attorneys will take control of your case and strategically pursue your goals, no matter how complex.
Pearson Butler represents clients across Utah in all types of divorce proceedings, no matter how complex. Call (800) 265-2314 to speak with a divorce attorney today.