Month: April 2016

Online Divorce Education Class Now an Option

Online Divorce Education Class Now an Option

An exciting new change has happened for Divorce Education in Utah. In the State of Utah it is mandatory for all parties with minor children.  Ask your Ogden Family Law Attorney or American Fork Divorce Lawyer about when you will be able to get this class underway during your divorce.

According to the Utah Courts Website you can now take your divorce education class online.  Ask your Ogden Divorce Lawyer or your American Fork Divorce Attorney if this is a good option for You.

Listed below are the requirements and links for taking the mandatory divorce education class  This comes directly from the Utah Court Website

Completing the course requirements

In order for you to receive credit for these courses you must complete an approved class. The divorce orientation class may be completed through an approved live class or through the approved online provider listed below. The divorce education class must be completed through an approved live class. The schedule for live classes is located on the course calendars below. As discussed below, the fee for a live class may be different from the fee for the online class. The court will not accept certificates from parties who take an online course from an unapproved provider.

Attending the Online Divorce Orientation Class

If you choose, you can now attend the Divorce Orientation class online. Please note that you will still be required to attend a live Divorce Education course to complete the course requirement. This is the only approved online course accepted by the Utah courts. The cost for this course is $30.00. For more information or to take the online course, please click on the link below.

Course Locations

If you need an interpreter, simply request one, and one will be provided without charge. For information and forms/

You may attend the courses in any location regardless of where the divorce or temporary separation case is filed. You do not need an appointment. Registration takes about 15 minutes, so please arrive early. You may bring a support person with you.

  • Children are not allowed.
  • Late arrivals will not be admitted.
  • Intoxicated and disruptive people will not be admitted.
  • If you have a divorce or temporary separation case pending, bring your case number with you, or you will have to provide it to the instructor later.

If a course is held in a courthouse, you will have to pass through airport-type security to enter the building, so do not bring anything that might be considered a weapon or contraband.

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For most locations, free parking is available and entry into the building is obvious. Access to the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City (maps.google.com) may be less obvious. There is an underground pay-lot at the courthouse, which is accessible only from 400 South, eastbound, and it is not open on Saturday. Limited metered street parking is available nearby.

  • For weekday daytime courses, enter the building through the East or West entrance.
  • For weekday evening courses, enter the building through the East entrance.
  • For Saturday courses, enter the building through the West entrance.

If you have questions, call the district court clerk. For a list of courthouses and telephone numbers, see our Court Directory.

Notifying the other parent of the education requirements

The petitioner must serve notice of the education requirements on the respondent.

Fees

The fee for the divorce orientation course is $30 per person. However, the fee for the divorce orientation class will be discounted $15 for a petitioner who attends a live class within 30 days of filing the petition, and will be discounted $15 for a respondent who attends a live class within 30 days of being served with the petition. The fee for the online course will not be discounted. The fee for the divorce education course is $35 per person. The fees for the live courses are paid to the person teaching the class.

Cash is the only form of payment accepted for the live courses.

If you cannot afford to pay the fees you may ask the judge to waive them. The fee waiver applies only to the live courses. The process includes submitting a detailed description of your income, property, and debts. If the judge grants the request to waive the fees, you must give a copy of the signed order to the person teaching the class. For more information and forms to waive fees, see our page on Fees and Fee Waiver.

Education requirements for parents with minor children

Parents with minor children are required to complete certain education requirements. These requirements do not apply to parents with no minor children.

Parents in a divorce case or a temporary separation case must attend an orientation course. The petitioner must attend the orientation course no more than 60 days after the petition is filed. The respondent must attend the course no more than 30 days after being served with the petition. If a party wants any temporary orders the court will not consider a motion for a temporary order until the party completes the orientation courses.

Parents in a divorce case must also attend an education course. The court may require unmarried parents in a visitation or custody proceeding to attend the education course.

The court will not issue a decree until both parties have completed the course requirements and have presented a certificate of course completion to the court. You should complete the courses as soon as possible but no later than 60 days after filing the petition if you are the petitioner, or, if you are the respondent, no later than 30 days after being served with notice of the course requirements.
Lists of the dates and times for the courses are found in the section on Completing the course requirements.

Purpose of the orientation course

The orientation course educates parents about divorce and its alternatives. The course informs parents about:

  • Resources to improve or strengthen the marriage.
  • Resources to resolve custody and support issues without filing for divorce.
  • The positive and negative consequences of divorce.
  • Procedural options in a divorce, including mediation, collaborative law, and litigation.
  • The divorce process.
  • Post-divorce resources.

Purpose of the education course

The education course teaches parents to understand their children’s reactions to their divorce and to help their children adjust. Parents learn how children of different ages express their pain and loss and the best parenting methods for helping them cope during and after the divorce. Some of the topics discussed are:

  • Grieving stages common to divorce.
  • How children experience divorce. What to expect from a child based on the child’s developmental age, and how to help a child adjust to the divorce.
  • Helpful ways to communicate with a child about the divorce. What children need to know and what they don’t need to know.
  • Parental behavior that promotes good self-esteem in children. Encouraging and supporting expression of your child’s feelings.
  • How and why conflict between parents creates stress for children. How to decrease the conflict children are exposed to.
  • Why children need continued and meaningful relationships with both parents during and after a divorce. Helpful ways to share parenting responsibilities and encourage cooperative behavior with both parents.
  • The financial and legal aspects of divorce.

If you have any further questions feel free to ask your Ogden Divorce Attorney or your American Fork Family Law Attorney.

Source: Ut Courts Website 04/21/2016

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