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Going through a divorce can turn your world upside down. All of a sudden you’re faced with an uncertain financial future, a changing living situation, and your relationship with your children could even be threatened.

Our Provo, Utah, attorneys understand how difficult this transition can be. They’re there to listen to your concerns, and they’re there to help protect your rights and the rights of your children in family court.

With so much on the line, you don’t want to face this process alone. The firm’s Provo attorneys will walk you through each step of the process and work with you to achieve your goals in court.

Divorce Attorneys Dedicated to Helping Men

Our Provo attorneys exclusively practice family law with a focus on men’s divorce so they have a better understanding of the unique challenges you’re likely to encounter in the family court system as a man and father.

Our attorneys handle a wide range of family law matters from uncontested divorce to complex asset division.

It is our mission to be advisors and advocates for men before, during, and after divorce.

Advocates For Dad’s Rights and Fathers’ Rights

Joseph E. Cordell and his wife, Yvonne, founded Cordell & Cordell in 1990 with the mission of leveling the playing field for men in family law.

Since then, the firm has grown to more than 100 offices across the United States and is one of the largest family law firms serving men in the world. In May 2015, the firm expanded internationally by opening an office in the United Kingdom.

At Cordell & Cordell, we understand the unique challenges military families face during divorce.

Client Testimonials


“Amber Oliver is great at communicating, [giving] prompt responses, and bringing explanations down to earth.  Not all attorneys can speak [in layman’s terms], but she is great.  She was on top of everything.  I would watch her kids if needed.  I appreciate her that much.”


“Alison has been very understanding of [my] unique situation. She has given me options to remedy situations that arise. Alison needs to be considered for a Partner with the firm. She is a subject-matter expert on various situations. I have been impressed with the compassion she has shown for me personally. She has been very professional and always on top of the issue. Cordell & Cordell can handle the most difficult, hostile, unpeaceful divorces in a professional, peaceful way. This is money well spent. They will work for you.”


“She did great. She walked me through the process when I needed things to be walked through with me. She was always responsive, whether it was via text, email or phone conversations. She really did great.”

Frequently Asked Provo Divorce Questions

How long do I have to live in Provo before I can file for divorce?

90 days.

Is there a mandatory waiting period in Provo before a divorce can be granted?

There is a mandatory waiting period of 90 days from the date of the filing of the petition before a final divorce hearing can be held.

However, that waiting period can be waived for good cause. Good cause can often be found when the parties have reached an agreement toward settlement.

You can also avoid the 90-day waiting period if both parties attend the mandatory divorce parent education class.

How can I serve my spouse in Provo? If attempts to serve do not work, can I serve by publication?

Service of the petition must be done in person. Service cannot be done by an interested party in the divorce such as a family member, a friend, your attorney, or anyone in your attorney’s office. Usually a process server is hired to find your spouse and personally serve the documents.

You can serve by publication in Utah County, however your judge will most likely require you to show all the efforts you made to get your spouse served before he will allow the court to accept service by publication.

The court wants to make sure your spouse has a fair chance to know about the lawsuit, and to do that they will often make you do all you can to have your spouse served before he/she will allow service by publication.

If you end up serving by publication you should contact Media One Inc. Media One is the largest classified provider in Utah and will ensure that your publication is available in the area where you spouse lives.

What are the specific forms I will need to file for a divorce in Provo?

This site links you to the Utah courts online assistance program, which tells you the documents you need to file and gives you links to forms that you need.

Where do I file for divorce in Utah County?

If you live in Utah County, you will file at the Third District Court located at 125 North, 100 West in Provo.

How much are filing fees at the Utah County courthouse?

The filing fee for a divorce in Utah County is $310.

Are there any Provo-Specific laws that are different from how other family law cases around the state are handled?

Yes, Utah County district courts use commissioners and judges to handle their divorce cases. A commissioner handles all preliminary issues of a divorce, and the judge handles all final decrees.

For example, if you wanted temporary orders on child care while the divorce was going on, a commissioner would make the decisions on that issue. If you had a final divorce decree that needed to be entered, the judge would handle that.