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Divorce Orientation and Education

If you file for divorce in Utah and have children under age 18, you and your spouse must attend both the Divorce Orientation and Divorce Education classes. If you file for divorce and do not have children, there are no education requirements that you must fulfill.

The Divorce Orientation class costs $20. Topics include:
(a) options available as alternatives to divorce;
(b) resources available from courts and administrative agencies for resolving custody and support issues without filing for divorce; and
(c) a discussion of post-divorce resources.

The Divorce Education class costs $35. Topics include:
(a) how parents can support their childrens' emotional well-being during the divorce process;
(b) how parents can cooperate with each other in co-parenting or "parallel parenting" their children; and
(c) how parents can encourage meaningful relationships with both parents, so long as it is safe to do so.

If you cannot attend these classes, you may be permitted to watch them on video. For information on when you may be permitted to view the class recordings instead of attending in person, visit the Divorce Orientation and Education page.

When filing out your divorce paperwork using the Online Court Assistance Program, you will be asked if you would like to waive the education requirement. The court may grant this if good cause exists.

Once you have completed the education requirements, you will receive a certificate of completion, which you must file with the court.

To find out when the next classes will be offered, visit the Divorce Orientation and Education page.


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