Family Law

Services Provided

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Collaborative Law

Collaborative Law is a non-adversarial process that views the issues arising from a divorce as a series of battles to be solved rather than fought. The end goal is to meet the legitimate needs of everyone involved in a restructured family. Our attorneys provide legal advice in an educational context, thereby empowering our clients to make informed decisions.


Mediation is a common and effective form of alternative dispute resolution for issues such as child support, alimony and division of property. When serving as a mediator, our attorneys do not give out legal advice, but rather guide the parties toward a mutual agreement.

Premarital Agreements

A premarital agreement may be used to protect individual assets that are brought into a marriage and/or acquired during a marriage in the event of a subsequent dissolution of marriage or death. We assist clients with the drafting of premarital agreements.

Dissolution of Marriage

Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of divorce, including traditional litigation, mediation, and collaborative law.

  • Spousal Support (alimony): Whether you are interested in receiving spousal support or are being asked to pay it, our attorneys have experience in spousal support negotiations and disputes.
  • Equitable Division of Marital Property and Debt: Iowa is an equitable distribution state and knowing which laws apply to your situation can be invaluable. Our attorneys are both knowledgeable and understanding and will help guide you through your own unique situation.
  • Child Custody, Visitation and Support: Understanding the various custody options is important in both married and unmarried situations. Our attorneys provide representation in custody cases (legal decision making and paternity cases) and can assist when the parties want to change or enforce a prior court order.
  • Divorce Modifications: As time passes, circumstances sometimes change. Should the court's divorce orders need modified, our attorneys can assist with the modification of your decree.

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse complaints arise as both civil and criminal actions. A spouse or domestic partner may initiate a civil domestic abuse complaint with the clerk of the district court. Additionally, if law enforcement becomes involved in the complaint, the domestic abuse charge may be filed as a criminal complaint and prosecuted by the County Attorney. Our firm provides representation in respect to both such matters.


Adoptions require approval by the court to be recognized as legal. Our attorneys are experienced in all types of matters, including open and closed adoptions, agency and private adoptions, step-parent and grandparent adoptions and finalization or legalization of adoptions.

Guardianship and Conservatorship

Guardianship or conservatorship is a relationship created by a court which gives a "guardian" or "conservator" the ability to make welfare and/or financial decisions on behalf of an incapacitated "ward." We represent clients involved in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings.

Juvenile Court Proceedings

We represent parents and other family members in juvenile court proceedings, including but not limited to, child in need of assistance (CINA) and termination of parental rights cases.

Additional Resources

If you have questions regarding our family law practice, please email or call us in Cedar Rapids at (319) 366-7641 or in Coralville at (319) 354-1019.