Iowa Divorce

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Information About Divorce in Iowa

Courts and Community Resources
State Statutory Resources
Divorce Law
Marriage and Living Together Law
Child Support
Child Custody and Visitation Law
Property Division

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Courts and Community Resources

Lawyers and Divorce
Iowa Legal Glossary - Iowa State Bar Association
U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa
Iowa Judicial System
Iowa State Bar Association
University of Iowa Law Library
Iowa Legal Aid - this web site has information on various family law topics, including divorce law, child custody, child support, etc.

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State Statutory Resources

If you wish to review your State's Statutes or Code, click the link below:

Iowa Code

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Divorce Law

In Iowa, divorce is officially referred to as “dissolution of marriage." For an Iowa court to have jurisdiction over a divorce, at least one of the parties must have lived in Iowa for one year immediately preceding the filing. If both spouses live in Iowa, the divorce case can be heard in the district court of either Iowa county where the spouses live. (IA Code Ch. 598.2)

Grounds for divorce in Iowa are the no-fault grounds stating “there has been 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.” (IA Code, Ch. 598)

Iowa Divorce Law Overview
Iowa Mandatory Education for Divorcing Parents

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Marriage and Living Together Law

Iowa Marriage License Law

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Child Support

Iowa Child Support
Iowa Child Support Guidelines: Court Rules, Worksheets and Tables
Child Support Explained
Iowa Raising Child Support Awareness
Iowa Child Support Enforcement
Iowa Fatherhood

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Child Custody and Visitation Law

Child custody is based on the best interest of the child.

Iowa Child Custody Law Overview
Iowa Grandparent Visitation
Iowa Paternity
FAQ on Child Custody and Visitation
Child Custody Resources

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Property Division

Iowa is an "equitable distribution" property state.

Orders for Disposition of Property - Iowa Code - Chapter 598.21

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