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You are undoubtedly under a lot of stress and have questions about the legal process and what comes next.
We are committed to educating you about the divorce process and helping you move forward with their lives. Our divorce lawyers strive to not only help you resolve your case, but to educate you about the divorce process and prepare you for the future. During our initial consultation, we spend most of the time listening to you so we can then provide guidance for you to get to a better place.
We combine years of experience with a team of passionate advocates to get you to a better place.
Whether you are planning to file for divorce, or divorce proceedings have been initiated by you spouse, we have the knowledge and experience to help protect your financial and emotional interests. There are three primary approaches to divorce: litigation, mediation, and collaborative law. While we regularly use alternative methods to settle divorce issues, we recognize that disputes involving parental responsibilities (child custody), child support and spousal support, and property division often necessitate taking the matter to court.
Even if you were married in another state, you can file for divorce in Iowa so long as you first meet a residency requirements:
If you do not meet the residency requirements, your case will not be accepted, or it will eventually be dismissed.
The waiting time for a divorce in Iowa strictly depends on when the paperwork has been filed in court. Once it has been documented and filed, there is a standard 90-day waiting period. The time from beginning to end may also vary if the court has a higher caseload or if there is a lack of available judges.
The state of Iowa is an "equitable distribution" state, which basically means that any property in a divorce is not divided 50/50; it is divided by what is deemed fair by the court.
Prenuptial agreements can determine property division before a divorce, and sometimes spouses can even amicably divide assets through mediation.
If these cannot be done, a judge will rule based off of several factors including the length of marriage and earning capacity.