Getting divorced in Iowa can be confusing, especially if you do not know all the rules and regulations. Mistakes can lead to delays that may cost you valuable time and money. We at Janssen Law can guide you through this complicated process and ensure that all laws are carefully obeyed and your divorce is as simple as possible.

According to the Iowa State Bar Association, you must have lived in the state for at least one year before you will be allowed to file for a divorce under local laws. On your paperwork, you will need to list the county that you live in and indicate how long you have been a resident there.

You may apply for a “no-fault” divorce, meaning that the relationship has deteriorated to the point that you believe there is no way for it to be preserved. Once you have filed this request, a number of things may happen. If you have children, both parents will likely be required to attend a program provided by the state called Children in the Middle to assist you in creating and following your parenting plan. A judge may also order you to attend mediation and observe a 90-day waiting period.

When you married, you agreed to take on the responsibility to care for your family members. That obligation continues after divorce, with a judge determining alimony, child support and child custody to ensure that your family’s needs will be met.

It is also important to note that you will be required to go through the divorce process if you were part of a common law marriage. For more information on this topic, please visit our web page.