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.