Uncontested Divorce in Utah Made Understandable by DoNotPay
You can get a divorce in Utah without blame or culpability on either side since it’s a no-fault state.
DoNotPay has all the information you will need to get your divorce in Utah finalized with the minimum of fuss, time, and expense.
Utah does not need you to prove that your spouse has done anything wrong to get a divorce. All that you need to prove in the state is that:
- One of you has lived in the county where you file your case for the last three months
- The marriage has broken down and has no hope of being retrieved
In an ideal situation, both you and your spouse agree that divorce is the best option, meaning you can aim for an uncontested divorce.
- File a petition for dissolution
- Serve the petition on your spouse
- Negotiate a divorce settlement agreement
Your first step in the divorce proceedings is to file a petition for dissolution with your local county court. The petition is a request for the court to grant the dissolution of your marriage, and either you or your spouse can file it without needing permission from the other party.
Your spouse needs to get a copy of the petition and confirm in writing that they have received it. The confirmation is known as an Acceptance of Service, Appearance, Consent, and Waiver.
In the case of an uncontested or friendly divorce, this document is the deal-maker. It confirms that your spouse waives their right to contest the divorce and accepts the terms of the settlement agreement that you have both negotiated.
The divorce settlement agreement sets out how your joint assets, liabilities, incomes, and expenses will be divided after the divorce.
It regulates all the financial aspects of your life as divorcees, including:
- Division of assets
- Paying of joint bills
- Disposal of jointly-held property, if necessary
If children are involved, the settlement agreement should include provisions for:
- Child maintenance
- Parenting planning
The state provides worksheets for parenting planning and child support that you and your spouse need to fill out together.
If you and your spouse are in broad agreement about the terms of the settlement, but one or two points remain unresolved, this does not mean that you need to engage a lawyer.
Once all the points have been ironed out through mediation, your divorce can proceed. Some counties in Utah will even grant your divorce without full agreement on the settlement. In such cases, the court will order the outstanding points to be settled through mediation within a certain time or will impose a decision on you and your spouse.
Divorce can be an expensive matter if it is contested, but an uncontested divorce can be achieved without major financial outlay.
The cost of filing a petition for dissolution in Utah is $310 for a divorce with no children and $360 if children are involved.
Further costs are dependent on:
- Whether you or your spouse hire a lawyer
- How complex your joint finances are
- How many disputes need to be resolved
- Whether your case goes to trial
One of the largest cost factors in the divorce is the settlement agreement—depending on how you obtain your agreement, it can make the difference between a low-cost divorce and one that leaves you penniless.
Your options for drawing up a settlement agreement are as follows:
|Settlement Agreement Options||Explanation|
|Lawyer||You may feel that such an important document should be drawn up by a lawyer. This can quickly become expensive and may not be necessary if you and your spouse agree on the terms of the settlement|
|County court||Your county court may have templates that you can use. Government templates are often complicated and difficult to complete, so you may end up needing a lawyer to decipher them|
|Online||Several websites offer online divorce settlement agreement templates for you to fill out. The danger in many of these is that they are not state-specific—so they may not be accepted in Utah—and do not always cover all the points you need to be included|
DoNotPay has the solution—our Divorce Settlement Agreement product can generate a tailor-made agreement that covers all your needs, saving you time, hassle, and expense!
We know that you want your divorce to be as quick and painless as possible, so our newest feature can help you create a watertight settlement agreement in a few minutes, provided you opt for an uncontested divorce.
All you need to do to set your agreement up is:
- Sign up with DoNotPay in your web browser
- Go to our Divorce Settlement Agreement product
- Fill in the details of your agreement
The rest is up to us. We will generate your document in an instant, and you need to sign it together with your spouse in the presence of a notary. To make the process even easier, DoNotPay will even organize the notarization for you in a flash!
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