You and Your Spouse Live in Different States
Utah Divorce with Children
My Spouse and I live in different counties, which one has jurisdiction over my Utah divorce?
The only time it might be beneficial to win the "race to the courthouse" is if you and your spouse live in different counties. If this is the case, often times the party that files first gets to choose the venue. However, similar to parties that live in different states, if children are involved, the county in which the children reside will likely assume jurisdiction, regardless of where the initial complaint was filed at.
There are often more than one district court house in any given county, for instance Salt Lake County has the Matheson courthouse in Salt Lake City, but also has a district courthouse in West Jordan. Parties used to have a choice as to which court to file a Utah divorce, but now everything is filed in Salt Lake City, and the court can distribute cases to West Jordan. It's a random selection and usually doesn't have much to do with geography.
As with any Utah divorce, it is a good idea to get an experienced Utah divorce attorney. Call Pearson Law Firm today for a free consultation with an experienced Utah divorce attorney, 801-888-0991