A resource for free legal help and information on civil law problems for eligible Iowans in every county of the state. (Note: High demand for free legal aid has made it necessary for offices in Johnson and Linn County to temporarily limit divorce and custody legal advice to victims of domestic violence. Nonetheless, if you have completed all of your legal documents, staff will make every effort to look them over when you walk in. Circumstances may change. Call your local legal aid office for information about their policies.)
This on-line calculator is not meant to be a substitute for the professional advice and assistance that a licensed, practicing attorney can provide. Proper calculation of child support is important, and there are critical factors that this on-line program does not take into account when calculating child support. Use this resource for purposes of estimation only. This calculator uses the 2014 tax code and the most current Child Support Guidelines for Iowa.
Links and phone numbers for self-help organizations, health related information, youth and family issue help lines.
Court ordered mediation or parent education classes:
- For Information about a Children in the Middle class: Children in the Middle offers support for adults raising children between two homes. Completion of a Children in the Middle class is required for adults with minor aged children who have filed for divorce or have a custody dispute in the 6th Judicial District Court. (The 6th Judicial District is comprised of Linn, Johnson, Tama, Benton, Jones and Iowa counties.)
- For Information about a Mediation Education Class: Completion of a Mediation Education Class is required for adults filing for divorce or engaged in a custody dispute in the 6th Judicial District Court. An online version of the class is also now available.
- For a Mediation Waiver Form or Application for Pro Bono status.
An interactive website for divorcing and divorced parents. In the Parents Corner under “Excellent Resources” you’ll find links and videos on a range of subjects including how to tell your children you’re divorcing, grief, grand parenting and mediation.
These associations promote the understanding and use of mediation. Both sites offer “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ’s) to explain the mediation process.