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.


  • Nancy

    I am considering divorce but have filed a prenup. The prenup is void if my husband commits adultery according to Black’s law dictionary. What does adultery mean in Iowa law?

  • Ken

    My father was had been dead for 17 years, his second wife for over 5 years. Could my mother had gone in front of a judge and could he have made an addition to the decree so that my mother could have become sole survior and had deed changed to only her name. Taking into account time father and his second wife had been deceased, decree stated mother was to receive alimony until day she died (which she did not), she paid all taxes on property since fathers death and also major home improvements–all of which father was to pay half of.
    If a judge did deem to add an addition to the decree, where would a person go to find this, court house or records, would it be attached to oringal decree? Mother now deceased and trying to find out for deed of house.

  • corrine

    With Iowa’s No Fault Divorce, how does and adultry play into it? Can I bring my husbands cheating twice into it or not. and if i dont will i be screwed over.