How much does a divorce cost in Utah? That is one of the most common questions we get. Unless you succeed at obtaining an order waiving court costs, everyone who files a divorce in Utah pays a filing fee of $325 plus a “vital statistics” fee of $8, for a grand total of $333 or $398 for divorcing parties with minor children when counting the $65 fee for the state-mandated Divorce Education and Divorce Orientation courses. That’s it! Those are your court costs for filing a divorce. End of story, right?
The decision to get a divorce may be among the most difficult decisions you ever make, yet it is only the beginning of an often difficult and expensive process. In order to get divorced there are a multitude of legal and practical events that need to take place. Where will you live? Will you sell the house? Where will the children primarily live and go to school? Most people will suffer a financial setback post-separation since there will be two households with financial needs, instead of just one. Therefore, it is important to have a good understanding of your goals, your financial condition/needs, and what the next steps in the process are in order to develop an effective exit strategy. Following is a list of common issues and considerations to help you succeed toward this endeavor.
Divorce is a storm. It disrupts, agitates, and confuses. Depending on its level of force, it can destroy a person’s comfort zone and way of life. Thus, it makes sense that divorce can be one of the most difficult times a person can face. It also makes sense for those going through divorce to seek higher ground, or protection, from the storm. After all, storms are destructive. But, they are also temporary and transformative...if you are prepared.
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If you have ever needed legal help, you know that finding the right lawyer can feel a lot like wandering alone at night in the Fire Swamp. There are plenty of R.O.U.S.s and the financial hole you may find yourself in can feel a lot like lightning sand beneath your feet. So, what should an ordinary person needing a simple divorce do? There are certainly situations where having a highly skilled attorney on retainer is necessary. Indeed, getting good legal advice in any case is critical. But for those with more straightforward or low-conflict matters, hiring a fancy, full-scope attorney is probably unnecessary.
Jennifer is a trusted Utah family law attorney, having assisted thousands of clients through the complex process of divorce.