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Iowa Divorce: What You Should Know

We know that proceeding with a divorce is challenging and emotional for you. We've helped people through the divorce process in locations across Iowa, and we're here to make the experience as easy as possible.

Among the things you can count on is our guarantee: Your divorce documents will be accurate and accepted by the court or we will refund your money. We're confident about offering our guarantee because it is an ongoing priority for us to ensure that our documents incorporate the most recent court regulations.If for some reason your court rejects your documents, we'll correct them for re-filing. If they're still not right, you'll get your money back.

Divorce in Iowa

Understanding divorce laws and processes is very important. Our team of experts is staff is available to help you at every step.Here is key information about divorce in Iowa:

Where to File

Be sure that Iowa has jurisdiction for your divorce

You must have been a bona fide resident of Iowa for one year prior to the filing your divorce complaint. This fact must be stated in the complaint.

If you have minor children who have lived with your spouse in another state for more than six months, it may be to your advantage to file in that state, since its courts will have the power to decide what happens to the children. Note: Your spouse has the option to waive that jurisdiction, which must be done properly, in writing.

 

With the exception of an option for residents living overseas, you must file your divorce in the county in which you presently live, or in the county where your spouse resides, if different. You or your spouse must have a residence within the county (in Iowa) in which you file for your divorce. If you live overseas, you can file in Iowa if you have maintained your residency in Iowa.

Military Divorce

Military personnel on active duty--or their spouses--can file for divorce in Iowa provided they have been stationed in the state for six months or were residents of the state upon entering active duty.

Our staff is highly knowledgeable about special military requirements and the details of Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act.

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Grounds For Divorce

NO-FAULT or FAULT ?

The only ground for divorce is:

In Iowa, the only ground for divorce is: "A breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the legitimate objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved."

Waiting Periods

Waiting Periods refer to the time that a court requires to pass from the time the divorce is filed and the time that your divorce decree becomes final.

Divorce law in Iowa requires that 90 days pass from the filing of the Complaint and summons or Answer and Waiver before a final judgment of divorce be entered.

About child custody, visitation, property and support

Here is information pertaining to child custody, property, and support issues.It can help you determine the appropriate way to have your divorce documents prepared.

Child Custody

 CHILD CUSTODY:

Legal Custody: There are two types: Joint Legal Custody or Sole Legal Custody. These govern decisions made regarding how the child(ren) will be raised.

In Joint Custody, the parents decide together about regarding the child(ren)'s upbringing.

With Sole Custody, one parent makes the decisions about raising the child(ren).

Physical Custody: This determines the child(ren)'s primary residence after the divorce is final. They will live with the primary residential parent. The other parent may have visitation rights depending on the visitation schedule provided in your divorce documents.

Visitation is the same irrespective of a grant of joint custody or sole custody.

VISITATION:

This can be any schedule and details that you agree upon with your spouse, and can be changed. If you and your spouse cannot reach agreement then the state's guidelines take effect. These are outlined in the Marital Separation Agreement (MSA) provided with your divorce documents. You don't have to include your present visitation agreement. “No Visitation” or “Restricted Visitation” may be requested by supplying the reason when you fill out our questionnaire.

Child Support

There are two methods for determining support for the children involved in a divorce:.

1. You can agree with your spouse on an amount for child support. We'll prepare your divorce documents with the child support amount ordered this amount. Provided the amount is reasonable, a court usually will order it as part of you overall agreement. It is rare for a court to change an amount for child support when you both agree.

2. You can ask the court to award child support in conformance with Iowa's child support guidelines. The support will be either an amount you and your spouse agree upon, or determined for you by the court. If you want the court to calculate the amount of child support for you, you must file the standardized Child Support Guidelines form and Child Support Income Statement/Affidavit. We provide these among the documents that we send you.

Property & Debts

When you divorce, the personal property (vehicles, retirement accounts, furniture, businesses, etc.) owned by you and your spouse is divided. Most states are community property states, although it is referred to by different names in some states. Essentially, the property of the marriage is split equally.

Debts are handled in much the same way. Most often, spouses are able to agree on how to split their assets and debts. In an uncontested divorce, this division is accomplished using a Marital Separation Agreement (MSA). When you and your spouse agree to the property and debt division, and formalize it in the Marital Separation Agreement, it becomes incorporated by reference into the Decree of Divorce that ends your marriage. You and your spouse can divide your property however you like, provided a basic fairness is maintained. You are not required to list all the property and debts that you are dividing, as long as you agree. Some items, such as vehicles and homes, typically do get listed.

If you want to alter how you and your spouse split your property and/or debts after we have prepared your documents, just email us or contact us by phone. We'll revise your documents for you without additional charge for up to one year.

If you and your spouse cannot agree on how your property is to be divided, the marriage dissolution becomes a contested divorce instead. If at your final hearing your divorce is still contested we don't provide advice. You might have to consult an attorney or be prepared to explain to a judge why you feel your requested division of property is fair.

Real Property

If there is a home--or more than one--that you own with your spouse, you must decide how to split this property. Here are some of the options you can consider to divide your real property:

1. SELL THE HOME(S):  You split the net proceeds equally, or however you agree is fair. Some spouses decide to defer selling until a child is out of school or until the property increases in value. You can include in your divorce documents whatever you decide about this.

2. AWARD THE PROPERTY TO ONE PARTY: Usually, that party will be required to make the future payments on the property. In these cases, a quitclaim deed is usually signed. This document removes one party from the property's deed, thus making the person who is awarded the home its sole owner. Issues such as refinancing can be provided for in your divorce documents.

Spousal Support

Spousal Support is either agreed upon by the parties or determined by the judge in a contested hearing. See Code of Iowa - Title 30 - Chapters: 2-51, 2-52, and 2-55. We cannot give legal advice regarding spousal support but will include your request for support in the documents.

There isn't a standard calculation for spousal support. If you and your spouse cannot agree on an amount for spousal support, the amount will be determined by the Judge based on many factors, including some of the following:

1. Length of marriage

2. Standard of living prior to divorce.

3. Ability for both parties to get employment.

4. Retraining in the workforce

5. Disabilities and other factors.

Iowa Court Locations:

Here is information about some of the courts in Iowa. If your County isn't listed, we'll include the court information when we send your documents.

Adair (5B) ……400 Public Square, PO Box L, Greenfield 50849...........641-743-2445

Adams (5B)……500 9th St., Corning 50841..........................................641-322-4711

Allamakee (1A)..110 Allamakee Street, PO Box 248, Waukon 52172....563-568-6351

Appanoose (8A)........PO Box 400, Centerville 52544............................641-856-6101

Audubon (4)..............318 Leroy Street #6, Audubon 50025...................712-563-4275

Benton (6).................111 E 4th Street, PO Box 719, Vinton 52349........ 319-472-4205

Black Hawk (1B).......P.O. Box 9500, Waterloo 50704-9500.................319-833-3331

Boone (2B)............... 201 State Street, Boone 50036..............................515-433-0561

Bremer (2A)..........415 E Bremer Avenue, PO Box 328, Waverly 50677..319-352-5661

Buchanan (1B)...210 - 5th Ave NE, PO Box 259, Independence 50644.319-334-2196

Buena Vista (3A).. 215 E Fifth Street, PO Box 1186, Storm Lake 50588...712-749-2546

Butler (2A)................ 428 Sixth Street, Box 307, Allison 50602..............319-267-2487

Calhoun (2B)............ 416 Fourth St, Rockwell City 50579.......................712-297-8122

Carroll (2B)..........Sixth and Main Streets, PO Box 867, Carroll 51401.. 712-792-4327

Cass (4)....................Five West Seventh Street, Atlantic 50022................712-243-2105

Cedar (7).................. 400 Cedar St., PO Box 111, Tipton 52772.............563-886-2101

Cerro Gordo (2A)..... 220 North Washington, Mason City 50401.............641-424-6431

Cherokee (3A)..........520 West Main Street, Cherokee 51012..................712-225-6744

Chickasaw (1B).....8 East Prospect, PO Box 467, New Hampton 50659..641-394-2106

Clarke (5B)............... 100 S. Main, Osceola 50213................................641-342-6096

Clay (3A)...................215 West Fourth Street, Spencer 51301-3890......712-262-4335

Clayton (1A)..............111 High Street NE, PO Box 418, Elkader 52043..563-245-2204

Clinton (7)................ 612 N Second Street, PO Box 2957, Clinton 52732..563-243-6210

Crawford (3B)...........1202 Broadway, Suite 1P, Denison, 51442.............712-263-2242

Dallas (5A)................801 Court Street, Adel 50003.................................515-993-5816

Davis (8A)................ 100 Courthouse Square, Bloomfield 52537..............641-664-2011

Decatur (5B).............207 North Main Street, Leon 50144....................... 641-446-4331

Delaware (1A).......301 E Main Street, PO Box 527, Manchester 52057...563-927-4942

Des Moines (8B).......513 North Main St, PO Box 158, Burlington 52601...319-753-8272

Dickinson (3A).......Hill and 18th Street, Drawer ON, Spirit Lake 51360..712-336-1138

Dubuque (1A)...........P.O. Box 1220, Dubuque 52004-1220....................563-589-4418

Emmet (3A).............. 609 First Avenue North, Estherville 51031-2194.....712-362-3325

Fayette (1B).......... 114 North Vine St, PO Box 458, West Union 52175...563-422-5694

Floyd (2A).................101 South Main Street, Charles City 50616.............641-228-7777

Franklin (2A).............12 First Avenue NW,PO Box 28, Hampton 50441..641-456-5626

Fremont (4)...............Square, PO Box 549, Sidney 51652.........................712-374-2232

Greene (2B)..............14 North Chestnut, Jefferson 50129-2144..............515-386-2516

Grundy (1B)..............706 G Ave, Grundy Center 50638..........................319-824-5229

Guthrie (5A)..............200 North Fifth Street, Guthrie Center 50115...........641-747-3415

Hamilton (2B)............PO Box 845, Webster City 50595-0845...................515-832-9600

Hancock (2A)............855 State Street, PO Box 70, Garner 50438............641-923-2532

Hardin (2B)...............Pioneer Plaza, PO Box 495, Eldora 50627..............641-858-2328

Harrison (4)...............111 N. 2nd Avenue, Logan 51546...........................712 644-2665

Henry (8B)........100 E Washington, PO Box 176, Mt Pleasant 52641......319-385-2632

Howard (1B)............. 137 North Elm Street, Cresco 52136.....................563-547-2661

Humboldt (2B).......... PO Box 100, Dakota City 50529...........................515-332-1806

Ida (3B).....................401 Moorehead Street, Ida Grove 51445...............712-364-2628

Iowa (6).....................901 Court Avenue, PO Box 266, Marengo 52301..319-642-3914

Jackson (7)...............201 West Platt Street, Maquoketa 52060.................563-652-4946

Jasper (5A).............101 First Street North, Room 104, Newton 50208...641-792-3255

Jefferson (8A)...........51 West Briggs, PO Box 984, Fairfield 52556.......641-472-3454

Johnson (6).............417 S Clinton St, PO Box 2510, Iowa City 52240....319-356-6060

Jones (6)...................Main Street, PO Box 19, Anamosa 52205................319-462-4341

Keokuk (8A)..............101 South Main Street, Sigourney 52591.................641-622-2210

Kossuth (3A).............114 West State Street, Algona 50511......................515-295-3240

Lee (8B)....................PO Box 725, Keokuk 52632..................................319-524-2433

Lee (8B)....................PO Box 1443, Fort Madison 52627........................319-372-3523

Linn (6)......... Third Ave Bridge, PO Box 1468, Cedar Rapids 52406.......319-398-3411

Louisa (8B)...............P.O. Box 268, Wapello 52653.................................319-523-4541

Lucas (5B)................916 Braden Avenue, Chariton 50049.......................641-774-4421

Lyon (3A)................. 206 South Second St, Rock Rapids 51246............712-472-2623

Madison (5A)............PO Box 152, Winterset 50273...............................515-462-4451

Mahaska (8A)...........106 South 1st Street, Oskaloosa 52577.................641-673-7786

Marion (5A)...............PO Box 497, Knoxville 50138...............................641-828-2207

Marshall (2B)............17 East Main Street, Marshalltown 50158............641-754-1603

Mills (4).....................418 Sharp Street, Glenwood 51534......................712-527-4880

Mitchell (2A)............. 508 State Street, Osage 50461-1250...................641-732-3726

Monona (3B)............ 610 Iowa Avenue, Onawa 51040.........................712-423-2491

Monroe (8A)............. 10 Benton Avenue East, Albia 52531...................641-932-5212

Montgomery (4)..105 Coolbaugh Street, PO Box 469, Red Oak 51566..712-623-4986

Muscatine (7).....401 East 3rd Street, PO Box 8010, Muscatine 52761..563-263-6511

O'Brien (3A)............. 155 South Hayes Avenue, Primghar 51245..........712-957-3255

Osceola (3A)...300 Seventh Street, PO Box 156, Sibley 51249-0156.. 712-754-3595

Page (4)....................112 East Main St, PO Box 263, Clarinda 51632....712-542-3214

Palo Alto (3A).......... 1010 Broadway, Emmetsburg 50536.....................712-852-3603

Plymouth (3B) ......... 215 Fourth Avenue SE, LeMars 51031-2194..........712-546-4215

Pocahontas (2B)...... 99 Court Square, Pocahontas 50574........................712-335-4208

Polk (5C)......500 Mulberry Street, Room 212, Des Moines 50309..........515-286-3772

Pottawatttamie (4)..227 S. 6th Street, PO Box 476, Council Bluffs 51502..712-328-5604

Poweshiek (8A)........ P.O. Box 218, Montezuma 50171..........................641-623-5644

Ringgold (5B)........... PO Box 523, Mount Ayr 50854..............................641-464-3234

Sac (2B)................... PO Box 368, Sac City 50583..................................712-662-7791

Scott (7)................... 400 West Fourth Street, Davenport 52801...........563-326-8648

Shelby (4)................ 612 Court Street, PO Box 431, Harlan 51537........712-755-5543

Sioux (3B)...............  PO Box 47, Orange City 51041-0047....................712-737-2286

Story (2B)................. 1315 South B Ave, PO Box 408, Nevada 50201....515-382-7410

Tama (6)...............100 West High Street, PO Box 306, Toledo 52342...641-484-3721

Taylor (5B)............403 Jefferson St, PO Box 306, Bedford 50833.......712-523-2095

Union (5B)................ 300 North Pine, Creston 50801............. ................641-782-7315

Van Buren (8A).........Fourth & Dodge, Keosauqua 52565......................319-293-3108

Wapello (8A).............101 West Fourth Street, Ottumwa 52501..............641-683-0060

Warren (5A)..............PO Box 379, Indianola 50125...............................515-961-1033

Washington (8A).......PO Box 391, Washington 52353............................319-653-7741

Wayne (5B)...............Town Sq, PO Box 435, Corydon 50060................641-872-2264

Webster (2B)............ 701 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge 50501................515-576-7115

Winnebago (2A)........126 South Clark St., Ste. 6, Forest City 50436......641-585-4520

Winneshiek (1A).......201 West Main Street, Decorah 52101...................563-382-2469

Woodbury (3)............620 Douglas, Room 101, Sioux City 51101...........712-279-6611

Worth (2A)................1000 Central Ave, Northwood 50459...................641-324-2840

Iowa Divorce Filing Fees.

The court filing fees for a divorce in Iowa is approximately $155.

If your spouse won't sign and must be served, then the sheriff may charge a fee of approximately $25 to serve your spouse.

Note: If the whereabouts of your spouse is unknown, then a publication fee will apply. The publication fee is approximately $65.

There are no additional fees for an uncontested divorce.
You may call the Clerk of the Court in your county to determine the exact fees in your county.

Methods of serving your spouse: 

1. Your spouse Signs: The most common way is to have your spouse sign the documents AFTER you have filed the divorce complaint with the court. You can deliver the documents by hand, send them via postal mail, or have a third party deliver them to your spouse. This method is available even if your spouse is incarcerated. 

2. Personal Service: If your spouse will not sign or you are not sure if your spouse will sign then you can have him or her served with the documents by the sheriff in your spouse’s county. You can contact the sheriff in any county of any state to perform this service. You can also achieve service via Certified Mail, (make sure to include "Return Receipt Requested") if your spouse lives outside your state. If your spouse is incarcerated then you can have him or her served by the prison/jail officials.

3. Service by publication. If you can't locate your spouse then you can publish. The publication fee for a newspaper averages about $65 but this varies significantly. You file an Affidavit with the county clerk, who then directs that service of notice be made by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the complaint is filed. We give you all the documents you need for service by publication.

 
 
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