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Iowa Interactive Court Forms

The Iowa Judicial Branch has released a free program designed to help persons without attorneys create court forms. Called “Iowa Interactive Court Forms,” the first set of programs will produce forms for a simple divorce for spouses with no minor or dependent children.

Iowa Interactive Court Forms are specifically designed to improve access to justice for individuals who may not be able to afford legal representation. The program provides helpful information about the divorce process in plain language and uses a question and answer format to prepare approved court forms.

The program can be used on any computer or smartphone.  You can save the answers to use in subsequent forms.  Once the questionnaire is completed, you are given instructions on how to print, sign, and file the forms with the court.

To access this new program, visit


Court Compass

The Iowa Judicial Branch collaborated 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.

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