Iowa Residency Requirements for Divorce

To file for divorce in Iowa you must meet the residency requirement of having lived in the state for one (1) year prior to filing.

The plaintiff does not have to meet the residency requirement as long as the respondent has lived in the state for the previous year.

Iowa Grounds for Divorce

An Iowa divorce decree dissolving the marriage may be entered when the court is satisfied from the evidence presented that there has been a breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the legitimate objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.