H.B. 323 Enrolled
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends provisions of the mandatory divorce orientation course.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . requires a party to a divorce to complete the divorce orientation course prior to the
13 court hearing any temporary orders; and
14 . allows for the divorce orientation course to be completed through live instruction,
15 video instruction, or through an online provider.
16 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18 Other Special Clauses:
19 This bill takes effect on July 1, 2014.
20 Utah Code Sections Affected:
22 30-3-11.4 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 347
24 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
25 Section 1. Section 30-3-11.4 is amended to read:
26 30-3-11.4. Mandatory orientation course for divorcing parties -- Purpose --
27 Curriculum -- Exceptions.
28 (1) There is established a mandatory divorce orientation course for all parties with
29 minor children who file a petition for temporary separation or for a divorce. A couple with no
30 minor children are not required, but may choose to attend the course. The purpose of the
31 course shall be to educate parties about the divorce process and reasonable alternatives.
32 (2) A petitioner shall attend a divorce orientation course no more than 60 days after
33 filing a petition for divorce.
34 (3) With the exception of temporary restraining orders pursuant to Rule 65, Utah Rules
35 of Civil Procedures, a party may file, but the court may not hear, temporary orders until the
36 party seeking temporary orders has completed the divorce orientation course.
38 days after being served with a petition for divorce.
40 for the course, and information regarding the course shall be included with the petition or
41 motion, when served on the respondent.
43 duration, and include:
44 (a) options available as alternatives to divorce;
45 (b) resources available from courts and administrative agencies for resolving custody
46 and support issues without filing for divorce;
47 (c) resources available to improve or strengthen the marriage;
48 (d) a discussion of the positive and negative consequences of divorce;
49 (e) a discussion of the process of divorce;
50 (f) options available for proceeding with a divorce, including:
51 (i) mediation;
52 (ii) collaborative law; and
53 (iii) litigation; and
54 (g) a discussion of post-divorce resources.
56 divorcing parents required by Section 30-3-11.3 .
58 to Title 63G, Chapter 6a, Utah Procurement Code, through private or public contracts.
59 (9) The course may be through live instruction, video instruction, or through an online
63 course. A petitioner who attends a live instruction course within 30 days of filing may not be
64 charged more than $15 for the course. A respondent who attends a live instruction course
65 within 30 days of being served with a petition for divorce may not be charged more than $15
66 for the course.
67 (a) A fee of $5 shall be collected, as part of the course fee paid by each participant, and
68 deposited in the Children's Legal Defense Account described in Section 51-9-408 .
69 (b) A participant who is unable to pay the costs of the course may attend without
70 payment and request an Affidavit of Impecuniosity from the provider to be filed with the
71 petition or motion. The provider shall be reimbursed for its costs by the Administrative Office
72 of the Courts. A petitioner who is later determined not to meet the qualifications for
73 impecuniosity may be ordered to pay the costs of the course.
75 Courts for the divorce orientation course shall be used to pay the costs of an indigent petitioner
76 who is determined to be impecunious as provided in Subsection [
78 forms for divorce which inform the petitioner of the requirement of this section.
80 decree may be entered, unless waived by the court. A certificate of completion constitutes
81 evidence to the court of course completion by the parties.
83 orientation requirement was not complied with, and the action may not continue until a party
84 has complied.
86 the effectiveness of the mandatory educational course. Progress reports shall be provided if
87 requested by the Judiciary Interim Committee.
88 Section 2. Effective date.
89 This bill takes effect on July 1, 2014.
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