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Iowa Child Support and Custody Law

Divorce can be very hard on your children. We trust that you are seeking the course of action you feel is best for your child, and we fight to enforce your position.

Child support

The Iowa court may order the non-custodial parent to pay an amount that is reasonable and necessary for supporting a child. The court considers:

  • The responsibility of both parents to support and provide for the welfare of the minor child
  • The child’s need for a close relationship with both parents

However, the judge is also expected to follow the child support guidelines established by the Iowa Supreme Court. A judge must follow these guidelines unless doing so would be unjust or inappropriate. This is where Hope Law Firm, PLC comes in. We work to ensure that the child support order is appropriate for your personal situation and for the proper care of your child.

Child custody

A Des Moines divorce attorney knows that Iowa law directs that the court must order a child custody award which includes liberal visitation rights. The child will then have the opportunity for continuing physical and emotional contact with both parents. Visitation can be waived if the court deems it likely to harm the child.

  • Custody
    • One parent has legal custodial rights and responsibilities
  • Joint custody
    • Both parents have legal custodial rights and responsibilities
    • Can exist even though a child resides with only one parent
  • Joint physical care
    • Both parents have joint custody and share parenting time

When establishing the custody arrangement that is best for the child, the court’s considerations include:

  • The suitability of each parent to be a custodian
  • The psychological and emotional development of the child
  • The parents’ ability to communicate with each other about the child
  • Each parent’s level of care for the child before and since the separation
  • Whether each parent can support the other’s relationship with the child
  • The child’s wishes, taking into account the child’s age and maturity
  • Whether the parents agree to joint custody
  • The geographic proximity of the parents
  • The safety of the child or the other parent

In Iowa, parents must attend a course about the effect of divorce on children within 45 days of the custody order.

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You know what is best for your children, and we know how to work with you to achieve your goals. Contact Hope Law Firm, PLC.

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