What is the difference between a contested and an uncontested divorce?

In Iowa, there is no difference between filing a contested and uncontested divorce. The documents needed to file the case are the same, regardless of whether the parties agree or disagree. The filing fee to begin the divorce process is also the same. Contested, as opposed to uncontested, simply indicates whether or not the parties are generally in agreement about how to finalize their divorce; it does not dictate which documents need to be filed with the court.

If the parties are in agreement as to how to settle their divorce, this can be helpful to the parties’ attorneys. The parties can draft a basic outline of agreed-upon terms and provide it to their respective counsel. The attorneys can then work together with the parties to draft the final document in the divorce, called a stipulation of agreement or a settlement agreement.

Each divorce is different. While some cases begin with the parties being very far apart in how they want to settle their cases, sometimes they agree on more than they initially think. Other times, a case may begin with the parties feeling as though they can easily settle, but they may realize they are not actually in agreement on many key issues.
If you are thinking of getting a divorce or want to learn more about the process, Arenson Law Group is here to serve your needs. Please call or email Dana Judas today for a free initial consultation at (319) 731-0549 or djudas@arensonlaw.com.


“Supergirl” star Melissa Benoist and husband Blake Jenner headed for divorce

28-year-old “Supergirl” lead actress Melissa Benoist is reportedly seeking to dissolve her marriage with former “Glee” co-star and husband Blake Jenner.

On December 25, Benoist filed a petition seeking a divorce from the actor. According to the court documents, Benoist cited “irreconcilable differences” and is planning to drop Jenner from her name. She also made a request to block spousal support for both parties.

Jenner and Benoist were co-stars on the musical series Glee where they played the roles of Marley and Ryder, respectively. The two dated for a year, got engaged in 2013, and tied the knot last March 2015. They have no children together.

The couple seemed very happy with their marriage and have been vocal about their feelings towards each other through interviews and their social media posts.

Going through a divorce can be really stressful. If you’re struggling, looking for a reliable Cedar Rapids family attorney you can depend on, like our lawyers at Arenson Law Group, PC, can help you. We focus on family law and can assist you throughout the process. Get in touch with us at (319) 363-8199 to learn more about your legal options.


Jaric and Lima’s divorce is final

Two years since their separation was announced, Adriana Lima and Marko Jaric’s divorce has been finalized, according to news reports by the Huffington Post and the Business Standard. The Victoria’s Secret model and the former professional basketball player formally announced their split in May 2014 after being married for five years. They tied the knot in 2009 and have two children together, daughters Valentina, 6, and Sienna, 3.

The documents that contained the terms of the settlement, which was filed at the Manhattan Supreme Court, were not publicly disclosed. However, there are news reports saying that the primary custody of both children has been granted to Lima, 35.

Lima’s divorce lawyer was not available to comment on the matter despite several requests from reporters.

If you live in Cedar Rapids and are considering filing for a divorce, our compassionate lawyers at Arenson Law Group, PC are able to help you go through this difficult phase in your life. Call our office at (319) 363-8199.


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