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Des Moines Divorce and Family Law Attorneys

When an issue arises regarding your family life, it is often a confusing, difficult and emotionally trying time. At Qualley Law, our experienced Des Moines family law attorneys will compassionately address your questions and concerns. We will explain the court processes to you and we will advise you on the best ways to protect your rights. Whether you are thinking about filing for divorce, are separated from your spouse, or have made the decision to file for divorce, please contact us for a free, no-obligation initial consultation. Depending upon your case, we may be able to offer you a reasonable flat fee which will allow you to predict your legal expenses.
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If your spouse has already filed a Dissolution of Marriage Petition, there may be specific steps you need to take to protect your interests. If your spouse has hired an attorney, or your spouse’s attorney is representing both you and your spouse, you may not be adequately protecting your interests. It is important to hire your own, independent attorney to provide you with support and legal advice. At Qualley Law, we are committed to providing you with quality, caring legal representation an affordable and competitive rate.
Common Divorce Questions

How long does a divorce take?
Generally, a divorce proceeding in Iowa takes at least 90 days. In most contested cases, the proceeding will take longer depending upon the factors and issues involved. In certain circumstances, the law does allow for a divorce to be completed in less than 90 days.

Do I need a specific reason to file for divorce?
Iowa is a “no-fault” state. This means that a spouse does not need a specific reason to file for divorce. Some states require a spouse to give a specific justification as to why they want to end their marriage. Even though Iowa is a no-fault state, some justifications may affect other determinations stemming from a divorce filing. For example, if a case involves domestic abuse, this need not be cited to justify a divorce filing. However, domestic abuse (or other issues) may be a factor considered when determining child custody or visitation.

What if my spouse doesn't want to get divorced?
In Iowa, a spouse who does not want a divorce cannot prevent a divorce from happening. While the entire process may take longer when both parties do not want to get divorced, there is no way to stop a divorce from happening forever.

Considering the Do-It-Yourself Route?


Certain websites claim that you can download some (usually fairly expensive) forms and get divorced by yourself. Unfortunately, Iowa’s divorce procedure can be a cumbersome and complicated process. While everyone is entitled to represent themselves in court (called "pro se"), Iowa’s divorce procedure requires specific knowledge of legal documents, proceedings, deadlines and court appearances.

The Iowa Courts publish do-it-yourself guides for family law cases that can be found here.

Often times, because of these complexities, many people who try to do their own divorces by using forms found on the internet or elsewhere, find that they eventually need an attorney to help them figure out the process. If you find yourself in this situation, our attorneys can help you. Better yet, we recommend that you consult with an attorney whenever you find yourself involved in the legal process. We believe that you will find that the assistance and advice an attorney can provide is well worth the cost.

Other Family Law Matters

In addition to divorce, we also handle most family law issues. Whether you are involved in a child support modification action, a custody dispute, or another family law matter, our attorneys can guide you through the process and represent your best interests.
Hesitant about contacting a lawyer because you're afraid of racking up big legal bills? At Qualley Law, we offer flat-fee divorces in certain cases. Unfortunately, we can't offer flat-fees in every case, but we will be happy to consult with you (at no-cost) to determine whether or not a flat-fee is appropriate for your case.

If we can offer you a flat fee, you'll know up front what you are going to spend before you file your divorce. Predictable fees are just one of the ways that we can help you take some of the uncertainty out of the divorce process. Call (515) 974-5658 or click here to setup your free initial consultation.

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