More proposed family law-related proposed laws from the 2022 Utah Legislative Session
Last week I covered four family law bills proposed during the 2022 session of the Utah State Legislature. Today’s post will review 3 more proposed bills.
First, SB 74, entitled “Alimony Modifications”. This bill, if passed into law, would define the term, “length of the marriage” which currently is not defined in the Utah Code. Under S.B. 74, “length of the marriage” would mean the number of years from the day on which the parties are legally married to the day on which the petition for divorce is filed with the court. S.B. 74 would also amend provisions related to alimony and enact provisions regarding cohabitation by a spouse during the pendency of a divorce action; specifically, it would 1) provide that if a party is ordered to pay temporary alimony before entry of the divorce decree, the period of time that the party pays temporary alimony shall be counted towards the period of time for which the party is ordered to pay alimony; and 2) if a party establishes before entry of the divorce decree of divorce that a current spouse is cohabiting with another individual before entry of the divorce decree, the court may not order the party to pay alimony, including temporary alimony, to the current spouse.
Next, there is SB 85, entitled “Protective Order and Civil Stalking Injunction Expungement”. This bill seeks to define terms relating to the expungement of protective orders and stalking injunctions; makes statutory provisions for the expungement of protective orders and stalking injunctions retroactive; allows for the expungement of certain protective orders and stalking injunctions; provides the requirements for expunging certain protective orders and stalking injunctions; and addresses the distribution and effect of an order for expungement of certain protective orders and stalking injunctions.
SB 87, entitled “Court Fee Waiver Amendments,” would amend provisions regarding an affidavit of indigency; defines the term, “indigent”; allow court fees, costs, or security to be waived for indigent individuals; and require a court to find an individual indigent under certain circumstances.
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