Iowa Grounds for Divorce

The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is the initial document filed with the Iowa court. It is in this document that the filing spouse will request the court to terminate the marriage under certain specified grounds.

The court will grant a dissolution of marriage based upon the following grounds:

No-Fault Based Grounds:
A breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the legitimate objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved. (Iowa Code - Sections 598.5 and 598.17)

Every dissolution of marriage case that is filed in the state of Iowa must declare the grounds in which the dissolution of marriage is to be granted. The grounds for dissolution of marriage must be substantiated with evidence or testimony otherwise the court may dismiss the case. When you are petitioning the court for a dissolution of marriage, or agreeing to a dissolution of marriage, make sure that you completely understand the grounds and any potential legal repercussions. If you would like to learn more about the Iowa grounds, visit the Iowa state statutes located at: