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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.

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.

Provo Client Testimonials


‘[My attorney] has been great! I hired Cordell & Cordell because my case needs to take place in 2 states. [My attorney] was able to find an attorney in the Arizona region to help on my case. The communication and updates between the two offices has been amazing. [My attorney] provides me almost instant recommendations and advice on where to go in my case. I couldn’t have gotten where I am without him”


“After evaluating and visiting other law firms, I realized Cordell & Cordell was my best option. Because Cordell & Cordell is specific to this field, it was advantageous to retain with them. The feedback system they utilize is rare and provides clients with some control that I did not see in other firms. Dena’s comprehensive knowledge of men’s divorce and custody issues, with her compassionate personality, made her amazing to work with. She cares deeply about what is best for the children as well as the client, and that really sets her apart. From the beginning, Dena took everything into context to find the best possible solution and provide stability to the tumultuous situation, and that is a trait that is invaluable. I trusted her with one of the toughest experiences in my life, and she took care of me and my family.”


“If I could give her a 10, I would. She’s amazing; she was always on the ball. I can’t say enough good things about her.”