Whenever a resident of this state:

(1)  deserts a spouse without good and sufficient cause;

Terms Used In Utah Code 30-4-1

  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Person: means :Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Property: includes both real and personal property. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes a state, district, or territory of the United States. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
(2)  being of sufficient ability to provide support, neglects or refuses to properly provide for and suitably maintain that spouse;

(3)  having property within this state and the spouse being a resident of this state, so deserts or neglects or refuses to provide such support; or

(4)  where a married person without that person’s fault lives separate and apart from that spouse, the district court shall, on the filing of a complaint, allot, assign, set apart and decree as alimony the use of the real and personal estate or earnings of the deserting spouse as the court may determine appropriate. During the pendency of the action, the court may require the deserting spouse to pay a sum as provided in Section 30-3-3.

Amended by Chapter 137, 1993 General Session