Why Is There a Waiting Period for Divorce in Utah?

The waiting period for divorce in Utah is 90 days. The clock starts ticking once the original petition is filed. From that date, a divorce decree can be entered no earlier than 90 days later. Not all states have waiting periods for divorce. This period can be waived if the couple takes certain parenting or divorce education classes. Thus, it is possible to get divorced in Utah in less than 90 days.

The purpose of the waiting period is to prevent couples from making rash decisions. Although a divorce usually comes after months, or even years of struggle, it is often demanded by one spouse after there has been a heated disagreement. This waiting period lets the couple have time to decide if divorce really is the best option. It is not uncommon for a couple to recognize the changes that will occur after the divorce and decide they can work things out.

Another reason for the divorce waiting period is to protect children in the family unit. Divorce can have serious consequences on children. Although there are ways to minimize the burden placed on children with divorced parents, ideally those children would have both parents in the home. Because the Utah legislature recognizes the importance of families, it has set out these waiting periods in order to encourage parents to seek counseling or other alternatives to filing for divorce.

There are other times where this waiting period causes more stress on the children. In those situations, your divorce attorney should work hard to help you get that period waived so that your children can quickly find a new routine. More stability often returns to the lives of children once the divorce ends and each parent has settled into a new life.