Dissolving marriages isn’t something two people take lightly. Months, sometimes years, of counseling and recommitments to each other are usually exhausted before the decision to end a marriage is finalized. When children are involved, divorces can get dicey rather quickly.
The Ault Firm, a highly recommended Draper divorce attorney serving the Great Salt Lake City area, has helped numerous men and women file petitions to dissolve marriages. While they’re never easy, these petitions can finally free you from issues that have prevented you from living life for your children, and yourself.
Common Utah Divorce Filings
Marriages may end, but the responsibilities of parents live on forever. With this in mind, divorces in Utah could be as simple as an uncontested filing, or complex as collaborative divorces. Your situation dictates which dissolution route The Ault Firm would file on your behalf.
In Utah, there are several distinct divorce types:
- Uncontested divorces, which usually mean both parties agree a dissolution is merited. Property isn’t being disputed, finances are agreed upon and support will be provided to child(ren).
- Contested divorce, where one or both parties dispute property, finances, debt, placement of children or other circumstances that may arise once marriage is dissolved.
- Military divorces, similar to any other divorce except it only takes one person actually living in Utah or being stationed there to file.
- Collaborative divorce, which keeps most things out of court in lieu of mediation. Both parties must consent to this type of remediation, or it would revert to a contested filing.
The Ault Firm helps individuals with or without children navigate the painful process of selecting then filing divorce proceedings in and around Salt Lake City. Our Draper divorce attorney knows the pain you’re experiencing, and will work hard to simply the process so you can begin healing.
How Long Do Divorces Take?
Unless the divorce is uncontested with no children, an often lengthy process ensues once The Ault Firm is retained. Here’s what people contemplating dissolving their marriage should expect:
- Party files their petition to dissolve marriage
- Other party files their answer (must be within 21 days if party was served in Utah, 30 days if outside).
- Motion for Temporary Orders is filed, then heard by a commissioner.
- Discovery begins. This is where evidence is presented, and depositions begin. Often the longest process in divorces, both parties may agree to bypass discovery and go to mediation.
- Experts weigh in, usually consisting of property appraisers, child advocates, social workers and other professionals. Again, this process is avoidable through arbitration, which our Draper divorce attorney can assist with.
- More motions are filed, called summary judgments, which narrow mountains of facts and interrogatories into several smaller paragraphs.
- The trial commences.
Regardless how divorces were filed, the courts need a minimum of 90 days to finalize motions for dissolution of marriage.
Ready to begin a new chapter in your life, and want to dissolve an unfulfilling, possibly toxic marriage? Have children involved, and would rather they remain in your care?
Contact The Ault Firm, a flat-fee Draper divorce attorney who cares.