How to File For Divorce in Iowa
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HOW TO FILE FOR DIVORCE IN IOWA

- STEP BY STEP GUIDE -

STEP 1 - 2 ways to download the required Iowa divorce papers:

Option A - BLANK IOWA DIVORCE PAPERS

Option B - HAVE DIVORCE PAPERS FILLED IN FOR YOU!

  • $299 Professional Service

STEP 2 - To start the divorce process in Iowa, both husband and wife should complete the following forms, although, one person must be the petitioner and one must be the defendant.

  • Separation and Property Settlement Agreement. *Attach this form to Petition
  • Petition for the Dissolution of Marriage
  • Original Notice
  • Civil Petition Cover Sheet
  • Motion of Waiver of 90 Day Waiting Period
  • Affidavit in Support of Motion of Waiver of 90 Day Waiting Period

*If you both choose to waive the 90-day waiting period there is generally given on the divorce then you both must exchange completed Affidavit of Financial Status forms with each other.

STEP 3 - Make 4 copies of all forms and file at the county court clerk's office in the county where you are a current resident.

  • Filing fee in most counties is $185.

STEP 4 - Now it is the time to mail the defendant the following forms that have been officially stamped by the clerk's office:

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Either party must be a resident for at least 1 year.
  • Reason for divorce must be either for 'no fault' or "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.”

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

  • A divorce in Iowa takes a minimum of 3-6 Months..

  • Separation and Property Settlement Agreement *Attach this form to form 504D and mark as, 'Exhibit A'
  • Petition for the Dissolution of Marriage
  • Original Notice
  • The Acceptance, Waiver, and Answer (The Defendant must sign this form in front of a Notary Public and return to you by mail or in person so you can file it with the court)
  • Civil Petition Cover Sheet
  • Motion of Waiver of 90 Day Waiting Period
  • Affidavit in Support of Motion of Waiver of 90 Day Waiting Period

STEP 5 - If you both do not waive the 90-day waiting period each party must complete the Affidavit of Financial Status, exchange with one another, and file with the clerk of court unless you have waived the 90-Day waiting period.

*Only if you have minor children, speak with the court clerk about the Parenting Classes that all divorce couples must go to when filing for divorce. Every parent must attend the class in your county and receive a certificate proving your successful completion.

After completion, the both of you must complete, exchange with one another a Child Support Guidelines Chart and use it as a tool to file the following form:

  • Child Support Worksheet Notice

STEP 6 - You are eligible now to schedule a court hearing. This can be done by each spouse filing the final forms with the county court clerk's office:

  • Confidential Information Sheet
  • Divorce Decree

STEP 7 - Go to your court hearing and upon successful appearance and following the previous steps, you will be granted a signed divorce decree by the Judge.

 

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