Iowa Simplified Divorce Procedures

There are no legal provisions in Iowa for simplified dissolution of marriage. However, sample petition captions and contents are contained in Iowa Code Annotated; Sections 598.4 and 598.5. In addition, both spouses are required to file Financial Affidavits on official forms which are available from the clerk of every district court. [Iowa Code Annotated; Sections 598.4, 598.5, and 598.13].

Each state has its own unique filing procedure. When filing for dissolution of marriage in Iowa, you must adhere to the strict filing guidelines and prepare and submit the appropriate mandatory dissolution of marriage documents to the county court. You can visit the Iowa state statutes located at: to learn more about these documents. You will discover that some documents may be provided by the Iowa Legal System and others must be constructed on a case-by-case basis containing certain information and criteria to adhere to the Iowa Laws and the filing requirements.