Child Custody

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Child custody

Iowa Child Custody Law

It's very important to have knowledge about the state law before you enter into a child custody battle. Did you know that the state of Iowa requires that parents involved in a custody dispute take a course about the effects of divorce on children within forty-five (45) days of the custody order being entered?

Under Iowa law, courts must order a child custody award including liberal visitation rights so that the child is able to maintain a relationship with each parent. The court may order:

  • Sole custody – where one parent has legal custody rights
  • Joint custody – where both parents have legal custody rights, even if the child lives with only one parent
  • Joint physical care – where both parents have joint custody and parenting time

Child custody

What Do the Iowa Family Law Courts Consider When Awarding Child Custody Rights?

  • The suitability of each parent
  • The safety of the child or the other parent
  • The geographic proximity of the parents
  • Whether the parents agree to joint custody
  • The psychological and emotional development of the child
  • The parent’s ability to communicate with each other about the child
  • Each parent’s level of care for the child before and since the separation
  • Whether each parent can support the other’s relationship with the child
  • The child’s wishes, taking into account the child’s age and maturity