Southwest Iowa Divorce Attorneys
At Peters Law Firm, we understand that divorce proceedings can be emotionally trying for you and your family. That's why our divorce attorneys in Council Bluffs are here to help you navigate the process.
Whether you're considering filing for divorce, have been served divorce papers recently, or are already in the throes of a legal separation, our local divorce attorneys are prepared to represent you.
Peters Law Firm is dedicated to putting your family's needs first. We always seek the most amicable outcome possible, doing everything in our power to minimize the stress on you and your children.
Then, if a cordial settlement is not viable, our family lawyer will fight to get you the verdict you deserve.
Contact Peters Law Firm for a free consultation today.
Complete Divorce Services From Experienced Family Lawyers
Most people only go through a divorce once in their lifetime, so you may feel stressed about the proceedings. To set your mind at ease, we begin our relationship with a free divorce consultation. At this meeting, we'll provide everything you need to know about taking the next step.
While it's possible to file for divorce without an attorney, you're expected to follow the same rules as an experienced lawyer, with no extra assistance from the court. That's why we highly recommend hiring a legal professional to help with the proceedings.
Contact our divorce attorney for help with these matters:
- Child support
- Spousal support (alimony)
- Equitable distribution of property, including businesses and retirement accounts
- Custody and visitation
- High-asset divorces
- Post-divorce modification
- Legal separation
No matter what stage of the divorce process you're in, Peters Law Firm has the expert legal team you need.
Schedule your initial consultation and begin litigating your divorce today. We proudly serve Council Bluffs, Omaha, and surrounding areas.
Post-Divorce Modification Agreements
Since 1895, Peters Law Firm in Council Bluffs has represented individual and business clients across Southwest Iowa and Eastern Nebraska. Peters Law Firm prides itself on the adept legal services we provide and we value the chance to work with you on legal matters ranging from divorce and legal separation to child custody and post-divorce modification.
Circumstances can often change following the finalization of a divorce. Relations may become more flexible or more hostile, raising the need for post-divorce modification. If this is the case for you, know that Peters Law Firm has knowledgeable family law professionals who specialize in post-divorce modification.
Our divorce lawyers in Council Bluffs are prepared to analyze your previous dissolution agreement and modify it to better suit the current situation. The family law professionals of Peters Law Firm enjoy working closely with clients to ensure their legal issues are handled with professionalism and dedication.
Beginning the Modification Process
The first step in modifying an original divorce decree begins with a motion for modification. The motion will be filed by one of our qualified family law attorneys in Council Bluffs and throughout Southwest Iowa. The motion is filed with the court in Iowa or Nebraska that issued the original decree and will then be served to the spouse.
Modifying Divorce Decrees in Iowa & Nebraska
Our family law professionals in Council Bluffs will assist you with the necessary legal work to create a mutually beneficial solution for your unique situation. Going through a divorce can be emotionally stressful, and it can become substantially more intense if a conflict arises over the accompanying legal agreement.
From case analysis to litigation, Peters Law Firm provides quality family law services. Allow our Council Bluffs lawyers to serve you; we'll work hard to create a fair post-divorce agreement that best suits your unique situation.
Contact us online or call (712) 328-3157 today to schedule a consultation with a post-divorce modification attorney.
FAQs About Divorce
What is an uncontested divorce?
This is the opposite of a stereotypical contested divorce. If both spouses agree to the same terms when ending the marriage, then there's no need for hearings, settlement negotiations, or other court procedures. Instead, the couple hammers out the terms together, with help from their respective lawyers, and they go their separate ways peacefully.
An uncontested divorce is the fastest, most affordable way to end a marriage, but it's not always easy to achieve. To increase your chances of successfully obtaining an uncontested divorce, consult with a family lawyer as soon as possible.
It may be possible to work out a complete marital dissolution agreement with your attorney before filing for divorce. This is often the best way to ensure a fast, desirable outcome.
How do I file for divorce in Iowa?
Every state has slightly different rules. The process begins by filling out a form — known as a petition — with information about you, your spouse, and your marriage. File this petition with your county court. Then, give a copy to your spouse. This is known as "serving" the divorce papers, and it gets the process started.
It's best to speak with an experienced Neola or Council Bluffs divorce attorney as soon as you think divorce is on the horizon. You'll receive expert advice about how to proceed based on your unique situation.
What are the most important questions to ask a divorce attorney?
To ensure you get the best legal counsel possible for your divorce, it's important to ask your divorce attorney questions to assess whether they're suited to handle your needs. The following should be among the first questions you ask your Council Bluffs divorce attorney:
- How many family law cases have you handled?
- What is your strategy for my case?
- How responsive are you to clients?
- Will anyone else in your office be working on my case? If so, who and can I meet with them?
- How will you charge me for services? What is your hourly rate?
- What costs (aside from your own) do you expect will be involved?
- How long will it take to resolve my case?
How do I prepare for my first consultation with a divorce attorney?
Being prepared for your divorce consultation can help you save time and money down the road. When getting ready for your first consultation with your divorce attorney, collect all personal information that may be relevant to your case. This includes financial records, tax documents, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, employment information, information about your living situation, and any other information you feel is important for your case.
In addition to your personal information, be sure to write out a set of questions you wish to ask your divorce attorney during your consultation.
Be prepared to answer questions about what you want to get out of your divorce. Think about how you'd like to divide your assets and what custody considerations you have for your children, if you have them, as this will help your attorney determine the best strategy.
What should I not tell my divorce attorney?
When it comes to meeting with your divorce attorney, honesty is always the best policy. You'll need to discuss highly sensitive aspects of your marriage, such as any physical abuse, infidelity, or substance abuse that has taken place.
However, keep in mind your goal in meeting with your attorney: proceeding toward a fair divorce settlement. A vindictive or vengeful mindset will hamper your progress toward that goal.
Choose Peters Law Firm as Your Divorce Lawyer
If you're thinking about getting divorced, you need a family attorney with experience negotiating the issues you're facing, such as child custody and visitation, division of assets, and more. Compassion is also an essential trait in a divorce lawyer, as you may need to share personal details about your life, family, and marriage. Effective communication throughout your proceedings and resolution is also critical.
When you hire our local divorce attorneys in Council Bluffs, you can rely on us to help you throughout the process, from legal separation through final custody agreements. We're committed to negotiating a fair settlement and will do everything possible to avoid a costly and painful legal battle.
Contact Peters Law Firm today to schedule your free divorce consultation. We serve clients in Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Le Mars, and surrounding areas.