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Attorney Tonya L. Whipple and the team at Day Shell & Liljenquist, L.C. provide comprehensive legal services for family law clients throughout Utah. Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, but we offer evening and weekend appointments when needed. Our office is located near the Murray Central Trax station.
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Helping families in transition since 1944

Day Shell & Liljenquist, L.C. provides practical advice and cost-effective litigation services for clients facing divorce, custody, child support, or other family law issues statewide throughout Utah, including St. George, Vernal, Tooele, and Logan. When your family is on the verge of change, we help smooth the transition by providing divorce services tailored to fit your needs. When we meet, we explain the issues, including:

  • Contested divorce
  • Uncontested divorce
  • Alimony
  • Division of property
  • Domestic violence restraining orders
  • Child support
  • Child custody
  • Visitation
What are the requirements for seeking a divorce in Utah?

Couples wishing to divorce in Utah must meet a residency requirement. You or your spouse must reside in a single county in Utah for a minimum of three months immediately before filing for divorce. Additionally, you must have valid grounds for divorce. The potential grounds for divorce in Utah are:

  • Irreconcilable differences
  • Adultery
  • Willful desertion for more than one year
  • Impotency at the time of marriage
  • Willful failure to provide the common necessities of life
  • Habitual drunkenness
  • Conviction of a felony
  • Cruel treatment to the extent of causing bodily injury or great mental distress
  • Incurable insanity
  • The spouses have lived separately under a decree of separate maintenance of any state for three consecutive years without cohabitation


What is an uncontested divorce?

If both parties are willing to work together on the details of alimony, child visitation, division of assets, and other potentially contentious issues, they can finalize a divorce relatively quickly and less expensively. An uncontested divorce can proceed in one of three ways:

  • A spouse fails to respond to the divorce petition filed by the other spouse, and the court enters a default judgment
  • Both spouses agree to the terms of the divorce set out in the divorce petition
  • Both parties sign a settlement agreement that specifies the terms of the divorce, if different from those in the initial petition
What are the most common reasons divorces are contested?

If you can't agree on all the issues surrounding your divorce, such as whether one spouse must pay spousal support to the other, then a court makes those decisions for you. Common issues in contested divorces include:

Contested divorces often require a trial to reach a resolution. At trial, a judge considers evidence and arguments from both sides and decides what is in the best interest of the children and the spouses.

Do I need an attorney to file for divorce?

You can get divorced in Utah without a lawyer, but doing so is like performing surgery on yourself. It's risky. You need a lawyer who knows the nuances of Utah family law to protect your interests during and after your divorce. The final decree is a binding legal document you must follow forever, absent a court-ordered modification. The money you spend on an attorney during your divorce can save many thousands down the road. Make sure your rights are protected by contacting our experienced family law attorneys at Day Shell & Liljenquist, L.C.