Des Moines, Iowa Spousal Support Lawyers in Polk County

Des Moines, Iowa Spousal Support Lawyers in Polk County

What is Spousal Support (Maintenance) in Polk County in Des Moines, Iowa?

In Iowa, spousal support is designed to provide financial help for a spouse in need both during and potentially for some time once the divorce is final. Currently, Iowa recognizes three types of spousal support: traditional, rehabilitative, and reimbursement.

  • Traditional Support – Traditional support is designed to aid spouses who can no longer achieve financial self-sufficiency, often due to factors such as advanced age, illness, or other specific reasons. Typically, judges reserve traditional support for marriages of extended duration, especially those where one spouse dedicated considerable time to home and family care. This form of support tends to be long-lasting, in some cases even permanent, unless there are substantial changes in circumstances for either spouse, prompting the court to reconsider or end the support arrangement.
  • Rehabilitative Support – Rehabilitative support offers a temporary solution, aiming to provide financial assistance for a spouse to attain self-sufficiency. This may involve a designated period for obtaining essential education or job training. It’s important to highlight that courts frequently request spouses receiving rehabilitative support to articulate a plan outlining their strategy for achieving self-sufficiency.
  • Reimbursement Support – This form of support is relatively uncommon in Iowa. It’s purpose is to compensate a spouse who financially supported the career development and education of the other spouse. In such cases, the court may mandate the spouse who benefited from the degree or training to reimburse the spouse who actively contributed financially while the training took place. This support is typically temporary and concludes once the paying spouse fulfills the specific order set by the court.

It is important that you have a lawyer on your side who understands the law and will hard diligently to protect your interests. At Stange Law Firm, we represent clients throughout Polk County from our office in Des Moines, IA in all types of spousal support cases. No matter which side of the case you are on, we are dedicated to doing everything in our power to secure the most favorable possible result on your behalf.

Spousal Support in Polk County, Iowa in Des Moines

In Iowa, either party may request and subsequently be awarded spousal support. This award may be for a limited or an indefinite amount of time, and is contingent on proving that the requesting spouse has a financial need and that the other spouse has the means to pay.

Some of the factors that Iowa courts may consider when determining spousal support include:

  • The duration of the marriage
  • The age, physical, and emotional health of the parties
  • The distribution of property in the divorce
  • The education level of each party at the time of marriage and at the time of the divorce
  • The earning capacity of the party seeking maintenance
  • The feasibility of the party seeking maintenance becoming self-sufficient at a standard of living reasonably compared to the marriage
  • Tax consequences
  • Any mutual agreement made by the spouses concerning financial or service contributions by one spouse with the expectation of future reciprocation or compensation by the other spouse
  • Provisions of any prenuptial agreement
  • Other factors that the court deems relevant
At any point, the court can hold a review hearing to modify the spousal support order unless the parties have an agreement in writing that says otherwise. There must be a change in circumstance substantial enough to make the court order unfair or unjust for the court to consider a modification, including changes in employment, earning capacity, income, or resources, changes in medical expenses, changes in the physical, mental, or emotional health of a party, and the remarriage of a party.

Handling Spousal Support in Des Moines, Iowa in Polk County

To speak to a spousal support attorney who can help you in Des Moines, Iowa in Polk County, call us at 855-805-0595 or contact our law firm online.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Polk County Family Court, please visit the following links:


Contact Our Spousal Support Lawyers in Des Moines, Iowa in Polk County Today

Are you interested in scheduling a consultation with a family law attorney to help you with your spousal support matter in Des Moines? If so, schedule a confidential appointment with one of our lawyers by contacting us online.

Polk County (Des Moines), Iowa Office (515-706-9130) | 699 Walnut St., Suite 455, Des Moines, Iowa 50309


Helpful Information On Child Support Matters

On our webpage, we also have pages on various other topics involving support that might be helpful to you, including the pages below and those on our menu:
Missouri child support calculator
If you are looking for a child support estimate in Missouri, we have a sample Form 14 on our webpage that can help give you a general idea in terms of child support numbers for your case.
Illinois child support calculator
If you are interested in obtaining a child support estimate in Illinois, on our webpage, we have a sample Illinois child support calculator. This might be helpful in terms of giving you a general idea of child support in your case.
Kansas child support chart
If you are interested in obtaining a child support estimate in Kansas, we have a simple chart on our webpage. This might be helpful in giving an approximation.
Oklahoma child support chart
If you are interested in obtaining a child support estimate in Oklahoma, we have a simple chart on our webpage. This might be helpful in giving an approximation.
Informational support videos
We have information child support videos from some live seminars that we have hosted on our webpage that you can view.
Child support emancipation
If you are interested in know how child support emancipation works, we have information on our webpage that you can view.
College education and child support
The cost of college and university education can be an important component of child support in divorce and custody cases. Our lawyers can assist if the cost of education is an issue in your case.
Modification of child support
In some cases, the court has issued a child support order. After the passage of time, it might be important to seek a modification where there have been changed circumstances of a substantial and continuing basis. You can discuss this with our lawyers if you think a modification might be appropriate in your case.
Modification of spousal support (alimony/maintenance)
Spousal maintenance can be ordered at the conclusion of a divorce. In some cases, the parties might need to seek a modification and/or termination of a maintenance order. Our lawyers can assist in many instances.
Daycare and child support
In divorce and custody cases where there are young children, the cost of daycare or childcare can be an important issue. Our lawyers can help you work through these issues.
Dependency exemptions
The dependency exemptions can be important for many divorcing parties or unmarried couples. Our lawyers can represent you in these circumstances.
Division of Child Support Enforcement
Many child support matters end up being addressed through state administrative agencies. Our lawyers can help represent you before state child support agencies.
Wage withholding orders and garnishments
In some cases, child support can be paid either through a wage withholding order or garnishment. Our lawyers can help you navigate the process.
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