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Family Law Mediation

The Seventh Judicial District does not require third-party mediation services in family law cases. Instead of separate mediation services, the District requires settlement conferences with a judge approximately thirty days prior to the scheduled trial date. The parties and their attorneys, if any, will meet to discuss the status of their case. At this conference, the parties must 1) conduct good faith settlement negotiations; 2) identify and stipulate both the disputed and undisputed issues and file a written statement thereof before trial; and 3) prepare and file a joint statement of assets and liabilities.

Children in the Middle

Iowa law requires that parties to any action which involves the issues of child custody or visitation must attend a court-approved course about the effects of divorce on children. These classes are designed to help minimize the negative impact of divorce on children and educate parents about the needs of children whose parents are divorcing.

Each court participant must complete this class within 45 days of the date the case was filed, the date a court participant was notified that a case has been filed, or by the trial scheduling conference, whichever comes first. If a court participant does not attend this class by the deadline, this may 1) delay the entry of final orders in the case until the court participant has completed the class; 2) hurt the court participant’s chances of getting what he or she wants if there is a hearing or trial; and/or 3) result in a finding of contempt by the Court.

Each participant is responsible for the class fee and for making arrangements to attend the class by calling and registering with one of the approved agencies listed below. If a participant does not believe he or she can fulfill this requirement (e.g. the participant lives in another state), the participant must file a motion requesting permission to take an alternative course.

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges

Scott Community College Urban Center

306 West River Drive, Davenport, IA
(563) 441-4100
(888) 336-3907

West Liberty Regional Learning & Cultural Center

119 East Third Street, West Liberty, IA
(563) 441-4100
(888) 336-3907

Clinton Community College

1000 Lincoln Boulevard, Clinton, IA
(563) 244-7100
(888) 336-3907

CCC - Maquoketa Center

501 West Washington Street, Maquoketa, IA
(563) 244-7100
(888) 336-3907

Muscatine Community College McAvoy Center

1403 Park Avenue, Muscatine, IA
(563) 288-6100
(888) 336-3907

Tipton High School

400 East Sixth Street, Tipton, IA
(563) 288-6100
(888) 336-3907

Parenting Solutions

(877) 665-2120

Marriage and Family Counseling Service

TransParenting Class
(309) 786-4491

Informal Family Law Pilot Program

The Iowa Supreme Court selected the Seventh Judicial District to serve as a pilot project site for instituting a new, informal family law trial procedure for use in certain family law actions. Below, you will find many resources governing the pilot project, including informational brochures and relevant forms for self-represented parties and attorneys.

Press Release | Seventh Judicial District to Serve as Pilot Program Site | March 1, 2017 (PDF)

Supreme Court Supervisory Order | Establishment of Pilot Program | February 14, 2017 (PDF)

Brochure | Informal Family Law Trial Pilot Program (PDF)

Presentation | Informal Family Law Trial Pilot Program (PDF)

Form | Informal Family Law Trial Waiver & Selection (PDF)

Form | Informal Family Law Trial Pretrial Memorandum (PDF)

If you have any additional questions about this pilot project, please contact District Court Administration at (563) 326-8783.

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