Going through a divorce is a difficult process no matter where you are or at what stage of life you may be.  Each and every divorce is different and as such, the process for each is different.  However, there are some common traits and themes that are prevalent in divorces in Iowa.  Additional and more detailed information can be found on specific matters in the subsequent pages.

To begin with, Iowa is what is referred to as a “No- Fault” state. In other words, a spouse does not need to do something wrong for the other to file or obtain a divorce.  To the contrary, an Iowan petitioning for divorce must merely allege that there has been a breakdown of the marital relationship and the marriage won’t work.

To get divorced in Iowa you generally need to have lived in the state for more than a year.  The action can be filed in the county where either spouse lives.  There is also a waiting period of 90 days that must elapse prior to a divorce being finalized.  It is possible to get it done in shorter period of time if there is good cause.  A Judge must make that determination and allow for it .  However, generally, the process takes longer for a variety of reasons. 

In a divorce, the primary matters that need to be addressed are:

  1. dividing assets and debts and
  2. child custody, visitation, support and related issues. 

A number of other potential issues may also need to be addressed during the process as well. These include:

  • Alimony/ Spousal Support
  • Attorney’s fees
  • Insurance
  • College for the children
  • Tax and other Matters

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