The divorce education classes are typically held once a month at the 5th district court houses in both Washington County and Iron County. If you live in St. George or Cedar City, or anywhere in between, this means you really only have 2 chances each month to get in and do the divorce education course and the divorce orientation course. These divorce classes are required for all divorcing persons in Utah with minor children. For those that are divorcing in Utah but are not currently residing here, there is an option to order the divorce education classes on DVD. You watch the classes and sign an affidavit swearing under oath that you completed the courses by DVD. Currently at the time of this article, there is no option to complete the classes online although many divorce attorneys in Utah have been asking for an online course for years.
Waiving the Divorce Education Classes in Utah
In some limited circumstances, you can request the divorce education class requirements be waived. Those who want to waive the requirement must really have a compelling reason or the judge will likely reject the request. Living in another state is typically not sufficient grounds to have the requirement waived because the court can mail you the DVDs to watch instead of requiring you to attend a live course. If you wish to waive the divorce education requirements, you should speak with a St. George Divorce Attorney in our office before attempting to submit your own motion. The judges are not generally keen on granting these types of waivers so you may need all the help you can get from a good Family Law Attorney in Utah.
Where do I get more information?
For more information on the divorce education classes, you can call us at 435.216.1034, or you can visit the Utah state court’s website at http://www.utcourts.gov/specproj/dived/. Going through a divorce with children involved can be difficult. We can help. Contact us anytime for a free consultation.