Iowa Divorce Laws 3

In: Iowa

Divorce Law Basics in the State of Iowa

Also See: Iowa Marriage Laws

Statute: Iowa State Divorce Code (Title XV, Subtitle 1, Chapter 598)

No-Fault Grounds: Irretreivable breakdown

At-Fault Grounds: Iowa has no provisions for at-fault divorce

Residency: There is a one year residency requirement the filing party.

Legal Separation Recognized? Yes.

Counseling Requirements: The court may require the parties to participate in conciliation mediation for up to 60 days.

Property Distribution : Iowa relies on “equitable distribution” so the court will distribute the marital property “in an equitable manner” if the parties can’t agree on their own. Separate property (property acquired prior to the marriage, as a gift or through inheritance) is not included in property distribution.

Alimony : Alimony may be awarded to either party and is at the discretion of the judge.


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