Ankeny Divorce Lawyer

Ankeny Divorce Lawyer

Compassionate Iowa Lawyers Dedicated to Achieving Your Objectives

Divorce can have devastating emotional and financial consequences for you, your spouse, and especially your children. At Hope Law Firm, our team of divorce attorneys in Ankeny is here to guide you through the legal process with empathy and efficiency.

We prioritize your interests and the well-being of your children, seeking the most amicable resolution possible while minimizing stress for your family. However, if a peaceful settlement is not achievable, our trial lawyers are prepared to vigorously advocate for you and your children in court.

Call (515) 298-5056 now to schedule a free consultation with Hope Law Firm.

Comprehensive Divorce Services Provided by Committed Attorneys

Our Ankeny divorce lawyers and family law paralegals are committed to delivering skilled, assertive, and cost-effective legal representation. We understand that much of the stress surrounding divorce comes from uncertainty about the process, so we ensure that you have the information you need to maintain peace of mind. From the moment you engage our services, we remain accessible with flexible office hours and 24/7 phone service, ensuring that your divorce questions are promptly answered.

Whether we pursue mediation for an uncontested divorce or engage in litigation to protect your parental and property rights, rest assured that you will receive quality representation for all your divorce concerns.

We can assist you with the following matters:

  • Child custody and support — We persuasively present your family law case to safeguard your parental rights and the welfare of your children, with the court prioritizing the best interests of the children.
  • Parenting plans — Detailed agreements between separated or divorced parents that outline custody, visitation schedules, and decision-making regarding their children. These plans establish a framework for co-parenting and ensure the best interests of the children are prioritized.
  • Equitable distribution of property — We advocate for your rights to retain your separate property and receive a fair share of marital assets by assisting the court in identifying and dividing them.
  • Alimony — Spousal support is not automatically granted. Our attorneys work diligently to present compelling arguments that consider the relevant factors, aiming to secure your future financial security.
  • Orders of protection — Also known as restraining orders; legal documents issued by a court to protect individuals from abuse, harassment, or threats. They impose specific restrictions on the abuser, aiming to ensure the safety and well-being of the person seeking protection.
  • Modifying existing orders — Involves seeking changes to previously established legal arrangements, such as custody, visitation, or support. It requires demonstrating significant changes in circumstances and proving that the proposed modifications are in the best interests of the individuals involved. It allows for adjustments to accommodate evolving needs and situations.

Your divorce does not have to be an agonizing process. With compassionate legal counsel, you can face the future with confidence and hope.

Am I Eligible to File for Divorce in Iowa?

In general, there is a one-year residency requirement for filing for dissolution of marriage in Iowa. If you have been an Iowa resident for at least one year but your spouse is not, you can file for divorce in your county of residence. If you are not an Iowa resident, but your spouse is, you can file for divorce in the county where your spouse resides if they are personally served. If both spouses are Iowa residents, the petition for dissolution of marriage can be filed in the county where either spouse resides.

Iowa No-Fault vs. Fault-Based Divorce

In Iowa, divorcees have the option to file for a no-fault or fault-based divorce. In a no-fault divorce, the parties simply state that the marriage is irretrievably broken. In a fault-based divorce, one party alleges that the other engaged in behavior such as domestic violence, substance abuse, or adultery that led to the divorce.

When filing for a fault-based divorce, it is necessary to prove to the court that the alleged fault by the other party was responsible for the divorce.

If you and your spouse meet the eligibility requirements for divorce, the filing is just the beginning of a potential legal process in Iowa courts. It is advisable to consult an experienced family law attorney in Ankeny as soon as you anticipate a divorce.

With proper planning and legal guidance, alimony payments and property distribution can be determined in the most favorable manner possible. Iowa law establishes residency requirements to prevent venue shopping. Hope Law Firm can assess your eligibility for divorce and provide guidance throughout the Iowa divorce process.

Uncontested & Contested Divorce in Iowa

In Iowa, there are two main types of divorce: uncontested divorce and contested divorce.

Uncontested Divorce

This type of divorce occurs when both spouses are in agreement on all key issues, including child custody, child support, property division, and spousal support (if applicable). Uncontested divorces tend to be simpler and less time-consuming, as the couple can submit a joint petition outlining their agreement. They may also work with a mediator to facilitate discussions and reach a resolution. Once the court approves the agreement, the divorce can be finalized relatively quickly.

Contested Divorce

In a contested divorce, spouses are unable to agree on one or more key issues. This can lead to more complex legal proceedings, potentially involving negotiations, mediation, or court hearings to resolve disputes. Each spouse may have their own legal representation advocating for their interests. Ultimately, if the couple cannot reach an agreement, the court will make decisions on matters like child custody, support, and property division based on the best interests of the parties involved.

It's important to note that the specific process and requirements for divorce in Iowa may vary depending on the circumstances and the county where the divorce is filed. Seeking legal advice from an experienced divorce attorney can provide guidance and support throughout the process.

Managing Complex Divorce Cases in Iowa

If you are considering filing for divorce or have already begun the process, we are here to help. At Hope Law Firm, we understand the challenges that families face during divorce, and we are here to provide the support and guidance you need. With thousands of successfully handled cases under our belt, we have the experience and knowledge to navigate the complexities of divorce proceedings.

Our commitment to serving Iowa families statewide extends to our Spanish-speaking clients as well — Se Habla Español. We invite you to take advantage of our free consultation to discuss your case and discover how we can assist you in achieving a brighter future.

    Contact Hope Law Firm today to learn more about how we can help you navigate the legal aspects of your divorce.