Note: The information in this article was compiled by attorneys in the Access to Justice Office of the Utah State Bar. It was compiled based upon the laws of the State of Utah. The information contained here should not be construed as legal advice or as creating an attorney-client relationship. Each situation is different and you should consult an attorney prior to taking any action
Free resources for divorce, custody, and child support issues in Utah
If you’re going through a divorce, a custody battle, or having issues with child support in Utah, there are a range of free legal resources available to you. Below are some of the best places to get started.
If you just need help understanding the status of your case, call the Utah Courts’ Self Help Center. Their attorneys will explain what’s happening in your case, such as what’s been filed, when hearings are scheduled, and what forms can be filled out.
The Self Help Center is open from 9:00-5:00 p.m. every weekday. If someone doesn’t answer, keep calling! You can also leave a message and an attorney will return your call.
Do you need brief advice on what to do next in your case? If you’re stuck on a problem and need to talk to a real attorney for free, call the Timpanogos Legal Center (TLC). Their attorneys will give you free legal advice and help you determine what to do next in your case.
TLC is open from 9:00-2:00 p.m. every weekday. They also host an in-person family law clinic in Provo on the first Tuesday of each month.
See all of their services at www.timplegal.com
If you already know what you need to do, but you need help creating all the appropriate forms, visit www.utcourts.gov/selfhelp The Utah Courts offer free templates that you can fill out.
They also have an online assistance program that walks you though how to fill out the forms.
Do you prefer to meet with someone in person? There are a variety of free legal clinics throughout the state. At these clinics, you can meet one-on-one with an attorney to discuss your case and get advice about what to do next. These sessions typically last 30 minutes.
Tip: If you’re heading to a free legal clinic, be sure to bring all of your legal paperwork with you. This will help the attorneys give you the best possible advice.
If you're ready to get full representation for your case, you can call Utah Legal Services or Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake. These non-profits help low-income individuals complete their divorce & custody cases from beginning to end. Their rate is either free or a very minimal fee. They also help victims of domestic violence.
Looking for something else? Just call our staff at the Utah State Bar and we will be happy to discuss which resources may be right for you. You can also use this site to explore all legal available resources in the state.