Iowa Divorce Law

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Iowa Divorce Guidelines

Iowa's Residency Requirements

Either spouse must have been an Iowa resident for 1 year or more before filing for divorce.

 

Iowa's Grounds for Divorce

Iowa residents may file for divorce under only no-fault grounds.

Iowa's no-fault grounds is:

  • irretrievable breakdown of the marriage without reconciliation
 

Iowa's Child Custody Guidelines

Divorcing parents are allowed to collaborate on a child custody arrangement. If the parents cannot reach a decision, a Iowa court will make a ruling.

Iowa courts consider factors such as:

  • the wishes of the child, if of sufficient age and mental capacity
  • each parent's fitness and suitability as custodian
  • whether each parent will support the child's relationship with the other parent
  • any evidence or history of abuse
 

Iowa's Child Support Guidelines

If the parents cannot agree on the amount of child support and the paying parent, child support will be decided by state-specific calculations and guidelines.

 

Iowa's Spousal Support Guidelines

Spousal support can be paid in one lump sum, in installments, or periodically. The spouses may determine the spousal support amount and payment schedule, or the courts may award spousal support.

Iowa courts will consider factors such as:

  • duration of the marriage
  • each spouse's earning capacity, including education, work experience, and marketable skills
  • any custodial or child support arrangements
 

Iowa's Property Division Guidelines

Iowa has adopted equitable distribution guidelines, which means all property (including gifts and inheritances) will be divided as fairly and equally as possible. Spouses may collaborate on the property distribution, but if they are unable to agree the courts will make a ruling.

Iowa courts will consider factors such as:

  • any contributions made to the marital property, including acquisition and upkeep
  • each spouse's circumstances after the divorce
  • duration of the marriage
  • whether one spouse supported or contributed to the other spouse's career
 

Iowa's Venue Guidelines

The petitioner may file the divorce forms in their Iowa county of residence, or in the respondent's Iowa county of residence.

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