Des Moines Collaborative Divorce Attorneys

Des Moines Collaborative Divorce Attorneys

Our Des Moines collaborative attorneys understand not everyone has the same divorce experience and have the insight on how to guide you to negotiate efficiently.

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The purpose of a free consultation is to determine whether our firm is a good fit for your legal needs. Although we often discuss expected results and costs, our attorneys do not give legal advice unless and until you choose to retain us. Although most consultations are complimentary, some may carry a charge depending on the type of matter and meeting location.

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O'Flaherty Law of Des Moines

2716 Grand Ave., Ste. 2 Des Moines, IA 50312

Phone:

(515) 207-2006

E-Mail:

desmoines.ia@oflaherty-law.com

Hours: 9 am - 7 pm Monday - Friday 11 am - 3pm Saturday 11 am - 2 pm Sunday

See below for our other locations. If our office locations are not convenient for you, we are happy to speak with you by phone.  ​​​

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Kevin O'Flaherty oversees all legal matters and is actively involved in making sure every client's case, big or small, is handled with excellence and attention to detail. He is available to contact through phone and email and his rates are available upon request.

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Iowa Collaborative Divorce Law vs. Cooperative Divorce Laws Explained

In this video, our Des Moines divorce attorneys explain the differences between collaborative divorce and cooperative divorce in Iowa. When divorcing parties decide on a collaborative divorce, they each hire their own attorney and meet one-on-one to discuss any disputes and what they hope to accomplish. A signed Participation Agreement is required by both parties and their attorneys. This commits them to the collaborative divorce process where they will attempt to avoid litigation by resolving their issues through cooperation and transparency. The agreement also states that should an agreement not come to terms, both parties must hire new attorneys to represent them in court.


In this episode, Our Des Moines divorce lawyers explain: What is a collaborative divorce? What is a cooperative divorce? What are the advantages and disadvantages of collaborative divorce? Who should consider a collaborative or cooperative divorce in Iowa?

How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in Iowa?

In this video, our Des Moines divorce attorneys explain the length of a divorce will always vary from case to case.  Once papers have been filed for a “Petition for Dissolution of Marriage,” there is a mandatory 90 day waiting period after the “petitioner” serves the Petition to the “respondent” before the parties can be legally divorced.  The spouse seeking the divorce is referred to as the “petitioner,” and the spouse receiving the “Petition for Dissolution of Marriage” is referred to as the “respondent.”

If both parties can reach an agreement about the “division of assets” and any other issues that may arise between the spouses, you may not have to appear in Court to receive your final “Decree of Dissolution.”  However, if the parties are in agreement but there are children between the spouses, a brief Court appearance is likely necessary so that a judge can explain the responsibilities of each party and ensure that matters of custody, visitation and support are dictated in the “Decree of Dissolution.”

The state of Iowa also requires spouses with children to take a parenting class entitled “Children in the Middle” before issuing a final Decree.  If there is not an agreement between the spouses, it can take over a year to finalize the divorce, depending on the number and complexity of issues the spouses are arranging.


In this article, our Des Moines divorce attorneys will answer the question “how long does it take to get divorced in Iowa?”, including: “how long does it take to go through a divorce in Iowa?”, and “do I have to go to Court to get divorced?”.

Iowa Family Mediation Explained: Divorce and Child Custody Mediation

In this video, our Des Moines divorce attorneys explain how mediation allows opposing parties to meet and negotiate in a neutral setting. A trained mediator often sits in to ensure discussions are fair and productive. Mediation is private, confidential, and incredibly effective.  Mediation can be used to resolve issues surrounding a divorce such as child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, and division of assets and liabilities.  

When given the opportunity to negotiate, parties often come to an agreement on conditions and terms, especially in relation to child custody. Even if a final agreement can’t be reached, mediation helps participants express their wishes in a safe space while being encouraged to actively listen to the opposing party, neither of which are likely outside mediation.


In this article, our Des Moines divorce attorneys will answer the question “how long does it take to get divorced in Iowa?”, including: “how long does it take to go through a divorce in Iowa?”, and “do I have to go to Court to get divorced?”.

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