Divorce is one of the most difficult and challenging experiences any person will ever have to go through. There are many factors involved in a divorce that can seem overwhelming, even impossible at times, to decide upon. For example, who gets the children, how much time each parent gets to spend with the children, how to divide the finances, how to maintain a healthy relationship, etc..

We have a lot of very valuable information on this site regarding divorce. Every situation is very unique, and we know you have lots of questions about your personal situation. After successfully assisting thousands of people through the divorce process, we have found the easiest way for you to get answers is to schedule a free consultation with our Utah divorce team, or pick up the phone and give us a call.  We will be here for you throughout the entire process.

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A divorce is the legal dissolution of a marriage by a court or other competent body. A divorce can be extremely draining emotionally and physically. It can be a long, complicated process especially if both parties do not cooperate with each other in finding a resolution to the more complicated issues involved with divorce.

We have had the opportunity of helping thousands of people through the divorce process. Because of our experience, we know the best way to assist you with your divorce. We can help make the complicated process much more simple and less stressful, allowing you to focus on the emotional well-being of you and your family.

Divorce Process

Utah has a very strict, straightforward process when it comes to divorce. First, one party must initiate the divorce. This person will be called the petitioner, and the other spouse will be labeled as the respondent. The petitioner must then complete the necessary documents, file the documents with the court, and serve the spouse (respondent) the documents.

After the spouse (respondent) is served the papers, they will have 21 days to respond (30 days if they were served outside of Utah). If the spouse does not respond, then the spouse that initiated the divorce (petitioner) will usually get what they have asked for in the divorce without the other spouse (respondent) having a chance to give their opinion.  If the spouse (respondent) responds to the papers, then you will both need to make changes until both sides agree.


If both sides cannot agree

If both parties cannot agree, then a mediation will be necessary. A mediation is when a mediator is paid to come in and help communicate between both parties. If the parties cannot agree at mediation, then a trial will be necessary. Once the parties agree, the final documents will need to be filed with the court. There is a minimum of 90 days required in Utah, so if this is done after the 90 days then your divorce will be finalized quickly. If not, then you will have to wait until you reach the 90 day mark.

This is a very brief overview of the process. To see the entire process please visit www.utcourts.gov/.


We are here to help you

At Helgesen, Houtz & Jones we specialize in both contested and uncontested divorce. We have been in business since 1982, and have helped thousands of people successfully complete this process. We pride ourselves on getting favorable results for our clients. We cannot promise results, however, we know that the secret to results is hard work and dedication to your case. If you would like our help with your divorce please give us a call, or schedule a free consultation by using this link.

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Meet Our Family Law Team

Craig P. Helgesen

Family Law Attorney

Kurt M. Helgesen

Family Law Attorney


Family Law Paralegal


Family Law Paralegal

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Our experienced Utah family law team will help you with your divorce.

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