Overview of Iowa Divorce Law

Overview of Iowa Divorce Law

DIVORCE (“Dissolution of Marriage”) and CHILD CUSTODY are the most common types of issues handled by family law attorneys.

At the bottom of this page, you will find a list of other family law matters handled by this firm.

To assist you as you face a DIVORCE we have provided a discussion of frequently asked questions about divorce;
things such as property and debt division, alimony (spousal support), how a divorce case is processed, and more.

Listen to Judge Larry Eisenhauer discuss “Dissolution of Marriage” (Divorce).

CHILD CUSTODY is a term that includes LEGAL CUSTODY, PHYSICAL CARE, CARE PLANS, PRIMARY PHYSICAL CARE, VISITATION, and JOINT PHYSICAL CARE (also called SHARED PHYSICAL CARE). Unmarried parents can file a legal action asking a court to decide paternity, each parent’s rights to care for the child(ren), and child support. Issues concerning children are included in a divorce. The law applied will be similar for divorcing and unmarried parents. To assist you as you face questions about the custody of your child(ren), we have provided a discussion of frequently asked questions about child custody.


  • Adoption, Step-Parent Adoption
  • Grandparent Visitation
  • Guardianship
  • Name Change
  • Common-Law Marriage
  • Domestic Abuse or Violence, Protective Orders, No Contact Orders
  • Injunctions
  • Paternity
  • Legal Separation, Separate Maintenance, and Support
  • Mental Health Commitments
  • Modifications of Decrees
  • Prenuptial Agreements, Antenuptial Agreements
  • Annulments
  • Military Family Issues, Child Custody for Person in the Military
  • Father’s Rights,
  • Parental rights,
  • Neglect or abuse of Dependents
  • Power of Attorney, Conservators, Trusts
  • Post Secondary Education Support
  • Child Support Collection, Child Support Modification
  • Contempt of Court
  • Medical Support, Securing Medical Insurance

Note: The discussion of Frequently Asked Questions is not meant to serve as legal advice. It only provides a general description of the law and does not go into details that might affect your case. You should seek the advice of an attorney concerning your specific situation. Use this overview to prompt questions when visiting with your attorney.

Divorce F.A.Q.

Child Custody F.A.Q.