Call Us Fathers' Rights

Salt Lake City

Cordell & Cordell is a partner dads can count on during one of the toughest challenges of their lives. The family law attorneys at our Salt Lake City, Utah, office are dedicated to helping men with any divorce issue, including property division, alimony, child support and child custody.

Our mission is to give men the legal support they and their children deserve both in and out of the courtroom.

Divorce Attorneys Dedicated to Helping Men

Divorce takes an emotional toll on everyone, no matter how tough you are. The decisions you make during this time will have an enormous impact on you financially for the rest of your life.

More importantly, your level of involvement in your children’s lives can also be affected. Our attorneys take the time to listen to your concerns and work diligently to champion your rights and the rights of your children in family court.

We know how critical this transition is and promise to walk you through each step of the process while doing everything possible to protect what’s most important to you.

Advocates For Dad’s Rights and Fathers’ Rights

Since 1990, Cordell & Cordell has fought against numerous stereotypes that men and fathers face in the family court system. Our firm’s focus on men’s divorce gives our attorneys a unique understanding of the challenges men face in a Utah family law courtroom.

Despite battling a system that seems predisposed against them, Cordell & Cordell has risen to establish ourselves as a partner men can count on.

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

Frequently Asked Salt Lake City Divorce Questions

How long do I have to live in Salt Lake City before I can file for divorce?

90 days.

Is there a mandatory waiting period in Salt Lake City 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 Salt Lake City? 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 Salt Lake 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 Salt Lake City?

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 Salt Lake County?

If you live in Salt Lake County, you will file at the Matheson Courthouse located at 450 S. State St. in Salt Lake City.

How much are filing fees at the Matheson Courthouse?

The filing fee for a divorce in Salt Lake County is $310, but there is also an $8 vital statistics fee for the Department of Health.

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

Yes, Salt Lake 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.

Salt Lake City Client Testimonials


“I was never left wanting a response. She’s awesome. In my particular case, it was handled the best as it could possibly have been handled.”


“When all of this started, a good friend of mine told me to trust in my attorney. I admit at first I was skeptical [for] having never dealt with divorce before, but I am very glad I did. Jonathan couldn’t have been any better. He really kept me at ease and helped me stay focused throughout the case. … I honestly could not be happier.”


“I have been very happy with the process from my end so far. Occasionally I have the sense that I need to know which questions to ask to get the answers or options I need, but [my attorney] has always been very good to spend time talking me through the questions I have had. [My attorney] is a good attorney in my somewhat limited experience with lawyers, and Cordell & Cordell has been good.”