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What happens after a Utah divorce is filed?

Even if a Utah resident knows that his or her marriage is ending, hearing that a spouse has filed for divorce can be disconcerting. Many people have no idea what to expect, and how each party reacts is far from predictable. The divorce can be either amicable or contentious, and which way it will go often depends on how each party handles the stress and emotional roller coaster that goes along with the process.

The one thing that both spouses can count on is that there will be an end to the process at some point. What happens in between the initial filing and the final hearing is largely up to the parties. Both parties may feel as if they have no control, and some people spend the whole time maneuvering to regain that control.

In order to avoid surprises along the way, it may be a good idea to put aside the fear, anger and resentment that could lead to a long court battle. Right now, it may be difficult to avoid confrontations, but they can be managed. When a couple negotiates their own divorce settlement, the parties are often more satisfied with the outcome than they might be if they put their fate in the hands of a well-meaning judge who does not necessarily understand the family dynamic and is bound by applicable laws.

Creating a tailor-made settlement may take hours of sometimes uncomfortable negotiations. However, it may help to keep in mind that when a Utah divorce is over, each party will be starting a new life. The soon-to-be ex-spouses may be better able to handle working together, knowing that in the end, each party can walk away from the marriage knowing that he or she was treated fairly and received an equitable settlement. Further, having ownership of the process by staying out of court could help regain some of the control that was seemingly lost the day the papers were served.

Source: The Huffington Post, "My Wife Filed for Divorce! Now What?", Jackie Pilossoph, Aug. 15, 2014

Source: The Huffington Post, "My Wife Filed for Divorce! Now What?", Jackie Pilossoph, Aug. 15, 2014

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