For uncontested divorces, our most popular service offered is our Do-It-Yourself Divorce. Doing your own divorce through Utah Legal Clinic is easy and economical. The process will save you substantial money and allows you to end a marriage with minimum involvement by lawyers and the legal system. We have been helping people in Utah do their own divorces since 1973. To qualify for a Do-It-Yourself Divorce, your divorce must be completely uncontested. This means you and your spouse must be in full agreement as to all terms. Many times, Utah Legal Clinic can determine quickly over the phone if you qualify for the Do-It-Yourself Divorce service. In most cases, no court hearing is required for uncontested divorces.
Our Do-It-Yourself Divorce services includes:
- Consultation with Paralegal and/or Attorney to determine that you qualify for a Do-It-Yourself Divorce;
- Preparation of all necessary documents;
- Notary for all your signatures requiring a notary on the divorce paperwork;
- Detailed step-by-step instructions for filing your own papers and getting all necessary signatures from your spouse;
- Copies of all executed documents for you;
- Copies of all executed documents for your spouse;
- Assistance throughout the steps of your “Do-It-Yourself Divorce,” if needed.
Who Is Eligible
In order to represent yourself, that is for you to do your own Do-It-Yourself Divorce, both you and your spouse must agree upon all terms of the divorce such as debt division, property division, and child custody.
In order to complete a Do-It-Yourself Divorce, your divorce must be simple. Parties that have been separated for a long time, who have few debts, and who have already physically divided all of their property can easily proceed with a Do-It-Yourself Divorce. We encourage you to have already mutually agreed with your spouse as to all terms of the divorce before you come in for your appointment. You should prepare a complete list of all items that have been resolved, how debts and property should be divided, etc. Our office can help you determine if your divorce is considered simple. Representing yourself in a divorce involving complicated terms or extensive debts and property is discouraged.
The filing fee for a divorce in Utah is $318. That fee is paid directly to the Court when you file your divorce papers. Our fee for the Do-It-Yourself Divorce without minor children (for an action not involving custody of minor children) is $225. That amount includes ~30 pages of typing necessary for the divorce. Thus, your total cost with the court filing fee is $543. Our fee for the Do-It-Yourself Divorce with minor children (for an action involving custody of children) is $325 which includes ~50 pages of typing. Thus, your total cost with the court filing fee is $643.
There is a mandatory ninety (90) day waiting period for all divorces in Utah (effective May 2012). This waiting period is intended to allow a “cool off” period for parties contemplating divorce and offer a chance at reconciliation. In some cases, the court will waive the mandatory waiting period. To have the waiting period waived, the parties must demonstrate to the court that the parties have attempted to reconcile but have been unable to do so, or that there are other circumstances that prevent the parties from reconciling. Our office can prepare the additional paperwork asking the court to waive the mandatory waiting period for an additional $25. However, we can not guarantee that the Court will waive your waiting period.
If you have minor children from your marriage, you and your spouse are required to attend a mandatory one-hour Divorce Orientation and a two-hour Divorce Education Class. Information about both classes can be found at Utah Courts. The cost for the Divorce Orientation is $20 per parent, and the cost for the Divorce Education Class is $35 per parent, for a total per-parent cost of $55. The costs to attend those required Courses are the responsibility of each parent. Proof of attendance for both you and your spouse must be filed with the Court prior to your divorce being entered. You should plan on attending the orientation and parenting class as soon as possible after you have filed your initial papers and received your case number. You do not have to attend that class with your spouse.
Under some circumstances, simple Do-It-Yourself Divorces may be handled by our office over the telephone and through the mail, with no appointment necessary. We charge an additional fee of $25 for this service. When you call, ask for more information if you are interested in our “divorce by mail” service.
To begin your Do-It-Yourself divorce, please download and fill out the Divorce Interview Sheet and contact our office to schedule your appointment. For more information see our resources for Summary of Utah Divorce Law and Do-It-Yourself Divorce.