Family law is a wide-ranging field that includes everything from divorce to adoption. Regardless of what kind of legal counsel you’re seeking, though, the best place to start is with answers. Below, you’ll find information about family-related legal concerns and Iowa’s approach to resolving them. Once you’ve had a chance to review the facts, we invite you to reach out and set up a consultation with our experienced family law attorney.
Iowa is a no-fault state, which means that in order to get a divorce, you don’t have to prove that your spouse necessarily did anything wrong. Rather, the state recognizes that marriages end for all kinds of reasons, including general incompatibility.
As you enter into the divorce process, there are several important topics of discussion that you and your ex will need to negotiate. Among those topics are alimony, child custody, child visitation, and child support.
Alimony (a.k.a. “Spousal Support”)
Iowa recognizes three different types of alimony: traditional, rehabilitative, and reimbursement.
- Traditional alimony refers to a scenario in which one spouse worked during the marriage while the other took the lead on homemaking tasks. In these cases, the working spouse will typically have to pay the nonworking spouse for years.
- Rehabilitative alimony is a temporary payment made toward the nonworking spouse. This short-term alimony acts as a cushion for the nonworking spouse while they take steps to become more employable and therefore self-sufficient.
- Reimbursement alimony is just what it sounds like. If, during a short marriage, one spouse financially supported the other, the supported spouse may be asked to pay that money back.
Until you discuss your specific circumstances with an experienced attorney, it can be difficult to know what you can claim or deny in terms of alimony payments. Fortunately for you, our firm is conveniently located in Iowa City, and we’re happy to work with family law clients throughout eastern Iowa.