Our Dubuque family law attorneys can help you with all areas of family law, including dissolution of marriage (divorce), child custody, modification of custody, and adoption, in addition to planning for a marriage with a prenuptial agreement.
We know that going through a divorce can be stressful. Our job is to help alleviate that stress by informing you about the process, the current state of the law, and working with you to prepare your case. We will explore all settlement options, including negotiation, mediation and settlement conferences with the Judge, if necessary.
When all else fails, we are not afraid to try your case through to Trial. You have worked hard to accumulate your assets and want your fair share. We will work hard to protect what is important to you.
Call and speak to a Dubuque Divorce Lawyer today.
There is a statutory 90 day waiting period in Iowa before a divorce can be finalized by a Judge. However, in certain circumstances, this can be waived.
No. Iowa recognizes "no fault" divorce. It does not matter why you want a divorce, you just need to be able to tell the Court that there has been a breakdown in the marriage and that it cannot be preserved.
It does not matter where you were married, it can even be in another country. If you are a resident of Iowa for one year or more, you can get divorced in Iowa.
Mediation is where a mediator, usually another attorney (who does not represent either party), meets with you and your spouse to try to help you to reach an agreement instead of going to Trial. The Mediator is not a decision maker like a Judge and will not be hearing evidence. In Dubuque County, mediation is mandatory for divorcing spouses who are unable to reach an agreement.
We typically plan to meet with you for an hour, and can do so in person or virtually. We will get to know you and your situation and help explain the process and the law. There are different considerations depending on whether there are children involved, how long you have been married, and the amount of marital assets involved. A consultation is an opportunity for each of us to get to know each other.
If you are ready to file for divorce, we can often draft papers as soon as the same day, or you can take as long as you need afterwards to think about things. We know this is an important decision and our job is to make the process as easy as we can for you.
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