Getting Divorced in Utah: Do I Have to Go to Trial?
A trial is not necessary if you and your spouse can agree to the terms of a settlement. Sometimes this can done on your own, between meetings with your attorneys or in mediation. The settlement has to be reviewed and signed by a judge. If you cannot agree to all the terms, then the case goes to trial.
The Court requires a final pre-trial conference to ensure that a resolution cannot be met before going to trial.
Utah Courts acknowledges that preparing for and going to trial can be complicated and suggests that consulting an attorney may be prudent. However, they also provide a Going to Court page to educate people about the process. It is worth looking over.
Remember that some issues that need to be addressed whether it be pre-trial or in trial are:
- Child Custody and Parent Time
- Child Support
- Debt Division
- Property Division
Good luck in your search for answers. I hope this is helpful.
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**I am not an attorney and am in no way trying to give legal advice or practice law. The information on this website is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact an attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.
Two attorneys in St. George, Utah that practice family law are Sam Draper and Adam Caldwell. The primary source for information on this site has been the Utah Courts Website.