Frequently Asked Questions
Answered by Our Des Moines Family Law Attorneys
If you are going through a divorce, need help with child custody or support, want to modify an existing court order, or have other family law needs, you probably have a number of questions. Below, Family Law Solutions of Iowa, LLC provides answers to some of our clients’ most commonly asked questions. If you have any questions about the answers we gave or if you do not see your questions listed below, please reach out to us today at (515) 305-3474 and schedule a free consultation. You can rely on our Des Moines family law attorneys for well-informed advice and personalized guidance.
If you do not find the answer to your question below, contact Family Law Solutions of Iowa, LLC at (515) 305-3474.
My spouse and I are considering divorce. How can we avoid additional headaches?
Divorce isn’t a solution that any couple considers lightly. However, the court does favor couples that can agree to terms without the additional help and costs of prolonged legal battles. Collaborative law can assist in these cases, allowing couples to save time and money to help ensure that your family gets back to normal as soon as possible.
Our Des Moines family law attorneys are trained in collaborative law and may be able to help you. Learn more by calling Family Law Solutions of Iowa, LLC today at (515) 305-3474.
How much does it cost to file for divorce or a custody modification, or to seek a protective order?
The state of Iowa requires a filing fee for most family law matters. For example, the typical filing fee for a divorce is $185.00. However, there is no filing fee to file a Petition for Relief from Domestic Abuse. Iowa does allow a potential litigant to file a special affidavit asking the court to defer the filing fee. Attorney fees are a negotiation item between the client and the attorney. Family Law Solutions of Iowa, LLC charges a reasonable, middle-of-the-road hourly fee for most family law matters. With a guaranteed fixed fee, you can expect to know exactly what you will pay before we begin working. Credit cards are accepted, and payment plans are available under certain circumstances.
Is it possible to file for divorce or file for a custody modification without hiring a lawyer?
Yes. You can file for divorce in Iowa without an attorney. You can find these forms on the Iowa Supreme Court website. The Iowa Courts’ website has forms for couples with children as well as forms for couples with no children. You must use these forms to file a divorce in Iowa without an attorney. These forms are free to download or print. You should not pay for forms from other websites. Family Law Solutions of Iowa, LLC can discuss the use of these forms in a free consultation.
My partner is abusive. How can I protect myself?
There are no excuses for domestic abuse, and the court takes allegations very seriously. If you are being physically harmed or emotionally abused by someone in your household, a skilled family law attorney in Des Moines can help protect your best interests and those of your family, especially if children are involved. From restraining orders to helping the abusive individual into therapy or rehabilitation classes, do not suffer abuse in silence.
My situation has changed. Can I modify my agreements?
Whether you have lost your job, your child’s needs have changed, or your ex-spouse has remarried, the court allows for you to revisit your agreements to help create a new plan that may better fit your situation. To modify any terms, you and your ex must agree, or a judge must agree, that the modification is in your family’s best interest. A family lawyer can help you with this complicated procedure. Call our firm at (515) 305-3474 for effective legal services and sound guidance.