Divorces in Utah can be no-fault divorces or fault divorces. The grounds for divorce determine which type it will be. In most cases, couples seek a no-fault divorce because the process is simpler, faster, and less expensive.
Two of the grounds that may be listed on the petition are no-fault grounds, which include irreconcilable differences and living apart for three consecutive years without cohabitation under a decree of separate maintenance by any state.
For a fault divorce, certain grounds must be proven to file a fault divorce. The grounds can include:
- Impotency at the time of marriage
- Committing adultery
- Willful desertion by the respondent for at least a year
- Willful neglect by the respondent to provide petitioner common necessaries of life
- Habitual drunkenness of respondent
- A felony conviction
- Cruel treatment resulting in bodily injury or mental distress
- Incurable insanity