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Bifurcated Divorce in Utah

by Norris Law Group on April 7, 2014

bifurcated-divorce-300x198If you are seeking a Utah divorce, one of your first questions might be, “How long does it take?”

Divorce is typically a long process, and each state has its own set of rules and regulations. Utah’s divorce statutes include a provision which states that a Utah divorce must not be granted for at least 90 days after divorce proceedings have begun. Furthermore, in order to be granted a divorce, the parties involved must agree to every one of the terms of the divorce. These may include division of property, spousal support (alimony), child support, and/or child visitation. Issues such as these often take a great deal of time and negotiation, especially those involving children. It is not uncommon for Utah divorce proceedings to last for at least a year, if not longer.

For some couples seeking a Utah divorce, any length of time they spend with their spouse is “more than they can take.” Even couples involved in amicable divorce proceedings often want to “just get it over with” and move on with their lives. But again, all the detailed negotiations involved in a divorce may simply take time.

While it is normally not possible to “rush” all of the procedures involved in a Utah divorce, couples here do have an option known as a bifurcated divorce. “Bifurcate” means “to divide into two parts.” A bifurcated divorce allows divorcing couples to be granted a divorce by the Utah Family Court to formally end the marriage, while “putting off” issues such spousal support or issues regarding children until a later time.

While a bifurcated divorce may seem a bit “unfinished (and technically, it is until all matters have been finalized),” it may be advantageous for some couples. It may be an especially helpful legal tool if one or both spouses seeking divorce have become involved with other people, and might even like to marry again soon after the divorce. A person receiving a bifurcated divorce may marry another person while the rest of the issues related to the divorce are being resolved.

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County and throughout Utah in the area of divorce and family law. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.

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Camille Mansfield August 11, 2014 at 7:05 am

What if my spouse refuses to sign the bifurcation?

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