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Divorce Attorney Salt Lake City Utah

When couples in Utah decide to end their marriages, emotions are often running high. This can create a perfect storm for the divorce to end up in a contentious court battle. However, there are things that couples can do to avoid this time-consuming and expensive option.

The first way is to avoid having to divide property when the marriage is over. If a couple is not yet married, a prenuptial agreement can be negotiated and executed. This allows the parties to make decisions regarding separate property, marital property, and other issues at a time when they are getting along and happy. These agreements seem to be gaining popularity as people realize that they are not just for the rich and famous.

Making a Utah divorce less contentious

If no agreements were made ahead of time, options are still available for avoiding going to court. Mediation allows the parties to make decisions for themselves that would otherwise be left to a judge who may not understand the intricacies of the family. Moreover, the court makes decisions based upon factors prescribed in the law. This means that there is a real possibility that the parties could leave a courtroom dissatisfied.

Utah couples have many options when it comes to how to end a marriage. It seems that many people are opting for a more amicable resolution of their issues rather than going to court. Most people who have been through a divorce can attest to the fact that it is never easy, but how the parties handle themselves during the process can make all the difference as they start their new lives.

Not getting married doesn’t avoid complexities of divorce

“It’s helpful to get married, if you want to get divorced.” On the surface, this sentence seems obvious — after all, you cannot get divorced in Utah unless you are married first. But the man who said this meant that cohabitation, or two unmarried adults living as a family with children, does not necessarily simplify things if the couple wants to split up. In the man’s case, it actually made things more difficult that there is no divorce process for cohabiting couples.

Many couples are reluctant to get married, even though they are in love and plan to spend their lives together. Perhaps their parents got a divorce growing up and those memories contributed to that decision. But when a couple lives together for years and has children together, dissolving that partnership is likely going to be complex, married or not. And without the structured process of divorce, reaching a fair division of assets and child custody plan can be difficult.

One advantage that divorce has over ending an unmarried relationship is that laws in Utah and most states provide some legal protection. In court, a spouse can request alimony and be granted it if he or she is entitled, but a member of an unmarried couple may be vulnerable to the other partner’s sense of responsibility.

Interestingly, some former members of cohabitating relationships believe that their relationships may not have ended if they had chosen marriage. One man whose breakup with the mother of his children took several years said that not being married meant that the door was always open to leaving, and getting married might have psychologically closed that door.

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If you have a question about divorce law or if you need to start or defend against a divorce case in Utah call Ascent Law at (801) 676-5506. We will fight for you.

Michael R. Anderson, JD

Ascent Law LLC
8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States
Telephone: (801) 676-5506
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Salt Lake City, Utah
City of Salt Lake City[1]
Clockwise from top: The skyline in July 2011, Utah State Capitol, TRAX, Union Pacific Depot, the Block U, the City-County Building, and the Salt Lake Temple
Clockwise from top: The skyline in July 2011, Utah State CapitolTRAXUnion Pacific Depot, the Block U, the City-County Building, and the Salt Lake Temple


“The Crossroads of the West”

Interactive map of Salt Lake City

Coordinates: 40°45′39″N 111°53′28″WCoordinates40°45′39″N 111°53′28″WCountryUnited States United StatesStateUtahCountySalt LakePlatted1857; 165 years ago[2]Named forGreat Salt LakeGovernment

• TypeStrong Mayor–council • MayorErin Mendenhall (D)Area

• City110.81 sq mi (286.99 km2) • Land110.34 sq mi (285.77 km2) • Water0.47 sq mi (1.22 km2)Elevation

4,327 ft (1,288 m)Population

• City199,723 • Rank122nd in the United States
1st in Utah
 • Density1,797.52/sq mi (701.84/km2) • Urban

1,021,243 (US: 42nd) • Metro

1,257,936 (US: 47th) • CSA

2,606,548 (US: 22nd)DemonymSalt Laker[5]Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain) • Summer (DST)UTC−6ZIP Codes


ZIP Codes[6]

Area codes801, 385FIPS code49-67000[7]GNIS feature ID1454997[8]Major airportSalt Lake City International AirportWebsiteSalt Lake City GovernmentSalt Lake City (often shortened to Salt Lake and abbreviated as SLC) is the capital and most populous city of Utah, as well as the seat of Salt Lake County, the most populous county in Utah. With a population of 199,723 in 2020,[10] the city is the core of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which had a population of 1,257,936 at the 2020 census. Salt Lake City is further situated within a larger metropolis known as the Salt Lake City–Ogden–Provo Combined Statistical Area, a corridor of contiguous urban and suburban development stretched along a 120-mile (190 km) segment of the Wasatch Front, comprising a population of 2,606,548 (as of 2018 estimates),[11] making it the 22nd largest in the nation. It is also the central core of the larger of only two major urban areas located within the Great Basin (the other being Reno, Nevada).

Salt Lake City was founded July 24, 1847, by early pioneer settlers, led by Brigham Young, who were seeking to escape persecution they had experienced while living farther east. The Mormon pioneers, as they would come to be known, entered a semi-arid valley and immediately began planning and building an extensive irrigation network which could feed the population and foster future growth. Salt Lake City’s street grid system is based on a standard compass grid plan, with the southeast corner of Temple Square (the area containing the Salt Lake Temple in downtown Salt Lake City) serving as the origin of the Salt Lake meridian. Owing to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake, the city was originally named Great Salt Lake City. In 1868, the word “Great” was dropped from the city’s name.[12]

Immigration of international members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsmining booms, and the construction of the first transcontinental railroad initially brought economic growth, and the city was nicknamed “The Crossroads of the West”. It was traversed by the Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental highway, in 1913. Two major cross-country freeways, I-15 and I-80, now intersect in the city. The city also has a belt route, I-215.

Salt Lake City has developed a strong tourist industry based primarily on skiing and outdoor recreation. It hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. It is known for its politically progressive and diverse culture, which stands at contrast with the rest of the state’s conservative leanings.[13] It is home to a significant LGBT community and hosts the annual Utah Pride Festival.[14] It is the industrial banking center of the United States.[15] Salt Lake City and the surrounding area are also the location of several institutions of higher education including the state’s flagship research school, the University of Utah. Sustained drought in Utah has more recently strained Salt Lake City’s water security and caused the Great Salt Lake level drop to record low levels,[16][17] and impacting the state’s economy, of which the Wasatch Front area anchored by Salt Lake City constitutes 80%.[18]
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