We know that you would prefer not to be going through a divorce, but sometimes it is the best option for everyone involved. Until you are going through it, there really is no way to understand the magnitude of how much goes into the divorce proceedings.
While we know you would like to have a quick process, one in which you and your spouse agree on what to do in an amicable way, often, divorces become messy. If either side cannot come to a resolution on a host of issues, a contested divorce could end up in court.
When you need a contested divorce attorney, you can count on Emy A. Cordano to be by your side, making sure that you are being treated fairly.
This Can Be Done
In Utah, divorce can be a complex issue. Contrary to popular belief, Utah divorce rates are on par with the US average at 3.6 divorces per 1,000 people. In accordance with Utah law, a couple who files for divorce must go through at least one mediation session that they have to pay for. There is a 30-day waiting period as well.
Let’s go over the main issues that need to be settled in a divorce:
Real estate: The main asset that is usually contested is the marital home. The home may need to be sold and the proceeds split between parties. In other cases, one party may buy the other one out of the home.
Other property: When it comes to vehicles, boats, or anything else of value that was obtained during the marriage, it needs to be decided who gets what.
Joint accounts: If there has been money earned in the course of the marriage, whether in checking, savings, retirement, or investment accounts, the court will decide how to split the amounts.
Debts: Debts accrued during marriage need to be split and settled.
Alimony: The spouse who earns more may need to pay the other alimony.
Child custody and support: If there are minor children, both custody and support payments need to be worked out.
If any of these major issues cannot be decided on by the spouses in an amicable agreement, then the two parties will have to go to trial to decide the outcome of the proceedings.
No, this is not an easy process and there will be plenty of emotions involved. That will be especially true if one of the parties did not want the divorce in the first place.
What To Do Now
If you are going through a divorce, do not worry about how you will handle everything. We know that it can seem overwhelming at first, especially since there will be plenty of emotions involved. It is not easy to admit that your marriage just did not work out. If you and your spouse cannot agree on the many topics we discussed above, you may need an Orem contested divorce attorney. Contact Emy A. Cordano, Attorney at Law, by clicking here or call us at 801-804-5152 for an initial consultation.