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Iowa Divorce


An Iowa divorce, or dissolution of marriage, can be filed by either spouse to end the marital relationship. Upon completion of an Iowa divorce, the parties are restored back to single status. The court will also issue any necessary orders for child support and custody, alimony (spousal support) and the division of community and separate assets and debts. LegalZoom can assist you in the document preparation and filing for your uncontested Iowa divorce without the expense of an attorney.

Types of Divorce in Iowa

Simplified Divorce in Iowa (No hearing)

The court may enter a decree of dissolution without a hearing under either of the following circumstances:

  1. All of the following circumstances have been met:

A.    The parties have certified in writing that 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.

B.     All documents required by the court and by statute have been filed.

C.    The parties have entered into a written agreement settling all of the issues involved in the dissolution of marriage.

  1. The respondent has not entered a general or special appearance or filed a motion or pleading in the case, the waiting period provided under has expired, and all of the following circumstances have been met:

1.     The petitioner has certified in writing that there has been a breakdown of

2.      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.

3.     (2) All documents required by the court and by statute have been filed.


Alternatives to Divorce in Iowa

A legal separation can be filed by a married person who wishes to maintain the marriage but physically separate and try to resolve any problems in the marriage. If there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage to the extent that the legitimate objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved, the spouses may file for a legal separation.

An annulment is sought in order to nullify the marriage and disavow its existence, returning the parties to their prior single status (as if they were never married). An annulment is filed in the same manner as a petition for dissolution of marriage. 

 
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