Not just anyone can file for divorce in Iowa. To prevent venue shopping, Iowa law provides residency requirements for filing for divorce. A Des Moines divorce lawyer can help you determine whether you are eligible for divorce and, if you are, walk you through the process.
Generally, there is a one-year residency requirement for filing for dissolution of marriage in Iowa. If you have been a resident in Iowa for at least one year but your spouse is not an Iowa resident, you can file for divorce in your county of residence. If you are not an Iowa resident but your spouse is an Iowa resident, you can file for divorce in the county where the resident spouse resides, if they are personally served. If both spouses are Iowa residents, then the petition for dissolution of marriage can be filed in the county where either spouse resides.
If you and your spouse are eligible for divorce, the filing may just be the beginning of an impending legal battle in Iowa courts. Consult with an experienced Des Moines divorce attorney as soon as you think divorce is on the horizon. With the proper planning and legal guidance, alimony payments and property distribution can be determined in the most favorable manner possible.
At Hope Law Firm, P.L.C., our experienced team understands the complexity of the divorce process. We can help you get the most favorable outcome in your difficult situation. Call our office today to schedule your initial consultation.