Do we have to attend Mediation?

In many counties in Iowa, mediation is a requirement for non-marital custody cases and divorces. Depending on where you live, you may need to attend a mediation session with a mediator and your ex-spouse or significant other. It is important to thoroughly read all court documents to determine whether mediation is a requirement in your county.

What is important to remember is that mediation is not binding. This means that even if you come to an agreement in mediation, you may be able to change your mind later if you no longer agree. The purpose of mediation is to get the parties talking to one another to see where there may be agreements, and where there is disagreement. With the help of an experienced mediator, sometimes parties are able to come to agreements on issues such as visitation, child support, or property settlements.

Coming to an agreement in mediation can sometimes mean that the parties will not need to have other court hearings to determine temporary issues such as custody of their children or finances. Mediation is also useful because sometimes it brings to light issues that the parties may not have thought about, such as who is keeping the marital home, how to split a 401(k), or whether they would like to contribute to their children’s college education.

If you have more questions about Mediation, the Arenson Law Group is here to serve your needs. Please call or email Arenson Law Group, PC today for a free initial consultation at (319) 363-8199.


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 Arenson Law Group, PC today for a free initial consultation at (319) 363-8199.


“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.


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