Award-Winning Divorce Lawyers in Waterloo, Iowa Tailor Legal Representation to Meet Your Needs

Serving Waterloo and Waverly, Iowa

Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C. provides personalized legal representation for every step in obtaining your dissolution of marriage or divorce. Our attorneys are highly esteemed and have years of experience practicing law right here in Waterloo and the surrounding areas. We have an established reputation for success, and we won’t back down from a legal battle. We collaborate with you and strive to keep you informed of the status of your case so you can rest assured that your rights are being protected.

What are the different types of divorce in Iowa?

The term “dissolution of marriage” is legally synonymous with divorce. Iowa recognizes no fault divorce, which means that all it takes to get divorce is evidence of a breakdown of the relationship showing that there is no likelihood that it can be preserved. Whether you expect to get a no fault divorce or a fault-based divorce, if alimony is going to be an issue, consult an experienced Iowa spousal support attorney for guidance to protect your rights and your assets.

Contested issues in divorce

Couples frequently try to minimize legal battles by using prenuptial and postnuptial or antenuptial agreements. Prenuptial agreements are signed before the parties wed, while postnuptial or antenuptial agreements are signed after the wedding. People are sometimes surprised, however, to learn that their prenups and postnups are not entirely enforceable.

If the parties cannot reach a settlement, a court decides how the children and property are to be divided. A qualified Iowa child custody lawyer can help you build a case for custody of your children. Other issues a court decides include:

  • Child visitation
  • Child support
  • Payment of medical expenses and other expenses related to the child
  • Division of marital assets and liabilities, including 401k plans or other retirement accounts
  • Alimony, or spousal support

Custody and support issues are often hotly contested, along with the necessary division of assets. Our Waterloo divorce attorneys collaborate with you well in advance of trial to decide which discovery tools best fit the circumstances of your case and your budget. Iowa law provides a number of tools for pretrial discovery of evidence:

  • Written interrogatories
  • Depositions
  • Subpoenas duces tecum
  • Requests for production of documents
  • Requests for admissions

When is mediation a better alternative?

Whenever parties can reach an amicable agreement without going to court, they and their children are inevitably better off. Protracted litigation can be costly and emotionally exhausting, leaving bitter scars where love once resided. Mediation is a more peaceful, cost-effective alternative to litigation and is often successful when parties agree to engage in mediation with a good faith intention to work toward a compromise.

How long does it take to get divorced in Iowa?

A judge may require parties to participate in conciliation efforts for a period of 60 days. Iowa law requires a 90-day waiting period from the date a petition is served before the court may enter a final decree. Under certain circumstances, the court may waive the waiting period.


Award-Winning Adoption Attorneys in Waverly, IA Guide Families Through the Process

Family law attorneys serving Waterloo & Waverly

Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C. is a reputable law firm with experienced attorneys who take the time to fully understand your goals when we take on your family law case. We provide compassionate legal representation at each stage of your adoption proceedings. With offices in Waverly and Waterloo, we provide comprehensive legal services for families in the greater Waterloo community.

Adoptions in Iowa

Adopting a child into your family should be a joyful time. We help ease the process by taking care of the details and guiding your through the legal system. Adoptions must be approved by a court for the child to officially become a legal member of your family. Each state handles adoptions a little differently. The basic rules for adopting a child in Iowa are:

  • An unmarried person may adopt if other requirements are met.
  • The child must have lived with you for at least 180 days.
  • You must have lived in Iowa for at least six months.
  • You must have the physical and mental ability to care for the child.
  • Adoptive parents must be financially stable.
  • Adoptive parents must agree to a background check that includes:
    • marriage and divorce history
    • criminal background check
    • home visits to evaluate members of the household and the home itself

Our adoption and divorce lawyers are intimately familiar with the nuances of Iowa adoption law and can explain the process to you in more detail based on your specific circumstances.

Stepparent adoptions

Stepparent adoptions are the most frequent type of adoption in Iowa. Stepparent roles vary from family to family, but a stepparent who adopts agrees to be completely responsible for the child until the child reaches adulthood.

Like traditional adoption, stepparent adoptions require terminating the parental rights of the uninvolved parent. After the stepparent adoption is complete, the uninvolved parent has no more rights or responsibilities for the child, including child support or visitation.

Our qualified adoption and divorce law firm can provide greater detail about stepparent adoptions when we meet with you.

How long does the adoption process take?

Since every adoption case is unique, there is no set schedule. An experienced adoption attorney can review your individual circumstances and help you understand how long your adoption case may take.

Call to arrange a meeting with an outstanding Iowa lawyer

The seasoned, award-winning professionals at Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher, P.C. can assist you in completing the legal requirements for adoption. Serving the Waterloo and Waverly area for more than 60 years, we provide compassionate, client-focused legal counsel.