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For general information on legal subjects such as small claims, family law, collecting a judgment, mental health and substance abuse disorder, name change, and other, click on Representing Yourself link in the menu on this page.

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Court Compass Project

If you have recently completed a divorce and represented yourself without a lawyer during the process, you can help us improve the justice system. 

The Iowa Judicial Branch is collaborating with the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) to identify barriers to court services that self-represented litigants face in the divorce process and to develop effective methods to overcome these barriers. IAALS is a national, independent research center dedicated to facilitating continuous improvement and advancing excellence in the American legal system.

You can help!  A workshop will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday April 21, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For more information, see the Court Compass Project details, or call toll-free at 1-833-663-6177 to register.

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