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Iowa - Divorce Requirements
The following information is to provide a basic understanding of the various aspects of Iowa divorce.

Every effort has been made to assure that the information contained in these pages is accurate however, due to the ever changing nature of the law some material may be outdated or may no longer apply.

Residency Requirements 1 year
Where to File The county in which either spouse resides
Grounds for Divorce Bigamy ( grounds for annulment )
Insanity ( grounds for annulment )
Irreconcilable Differences or Irretrievable Breakdown
Voluntary or required mediation Yes
Voluntary or recommended CounselingNo
Property Distribution Iowa is an "equitable distribution" state. The court has full discretion to divide the real estate and all marital property, which includes pension benefits. Any inheritance or gifts received prior or during the marriage is not considered for distribution. A portion of the property may be set aside for child support. The following factors are generally considered: age and health, length of marriage, vocational skills, occupations, contributions in acquisitions, employability of spouses, and custody. Marital conduct is not a consideration in the division of any property.
Child Custody Custody is awarded with the best interests of the child or children in mind.

Uniform Child Custody Act: 1977
Is Joint Custody awarded? YES
Do Grandparents Have the Right to Visitation? YES
Are Child's Wishes Considered? YES
Child Support Either or both parents may be required to provide the support of maintenance, insurance, and education of the child. The following factors are generally considered: a child's need for contact with both parents, the joint responsibilities for the welfare of the child, the financial resources, cost of day care, and the standard of living the child would have otherwise enjoyed had not the divorce taken place.
Spousal Support Support can be awarded to either spouse. Past marital actions are not considered. Employment possibilities of the spouse tends to cause the greatest influence on the decision. Living conditions similar to those when marriage existed are attempted to be restored, until spouse can become financially independent.