Benefits of Child Custody Mediation

Benefits of Child Custody Mediation

Iowa Statutes require you to take a mediation class and a parenting class. Counties may have different rules for the classes. District 6 counties include Linn, Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones and Tama and require both spouses to take the course within 45 days of filing...
The Key Differences: Divorce vs Annulment

The Key Differences: Divorce vs Annulment

If you cannot live as husband and wife, you have two choices: divorce or annulment. However, you can only get a marriage annulled under certain circumstances. A divorce ends a valid marriage while an annulment ends a marriage that was never valid according to state...
Grounds for Divorce in Iowa

Grounds for Divorce in Iowa

When you decide to divorce, you’ll need to file a petition with the court. As part of that petition, you have to allege that 1) there has been a breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the legitimate objects of matrimony have been destroyed and 2)...
Understanding Iowa Alimony Laws

Understanding Iowa Alimony Laws

Alimony, commonly referred to as spousal support, may be ordered in any dissolution of marriage case. The court awards three types of alimony: Traditional, rehabilitative or reimbursement. The type of alimony order, if it is ordered, depends on several factors...
Common Law Marriage & Divorce in Iowa

Common Law Marriage & Divorce in Iowa

While common law marriage does exist in Iowa, it could be difficult to prove. The couple has to meet certain requirements for the courts to consider them married under common law. Additionally, once a couple is considered married under common law, they cannot simply...