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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill restores the 90-day waiting period required for divorces.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . restores the 90-day waiting period before a hearing may be held in a divorce; and
13 . creates an exception if the court finds that extraordinary circumstances exist that
14 allow the waiver of the 90-day period.
15 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
17 Other Special Clauses:
19 Utah Code Sections Affected:
21 30-3-7, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1994, Chapter 167
22 30-3-18, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 297
24 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
25 Section 1. Section 30-3-7 is amended to read:
26 30-3-7. When decree becomes absolute.
27 (1) The decree of divorce becomes absolute:
28 (a) on the date it is signed by the court and entered by the clerk in the register of
29 actions [
34 (b) at the expiration of a period of time the court may specifically designate, unless an
35 appeal or other proceedings for review are pending; or
36 (c) when the court, before the decree becomes absolute, for sufficient cause otherwise
38 (2) The court, upon application or on its own motion for good cause shown, may
39 waive, alter, or extend a designated period of time before the decree becomes absolute, but not
40 to exceed six months from the signing and entry of the decree.
41 Section 2. Section 30-3-18 is amended to read:
42 30-3-18. Waiting period for hearing after filing for divorce -- Exemption -- Use of
43 counseling and education services not to be construed as condonation or promotion.
44 (1) Unless the court[
45 extraordinary circumstances exist and otherwise orders, no hearing for decree of divorce [
46 may be held by the court until 90 days [
47 but the court may make interim orders as [
52 chapter may not be construed as condoning the acts that may constitute grounds for divorce on
53 the part of either spouse nor of promoting divorce.
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