Services

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    Divorce Workshops for Children

    Trained facilitators teach children about divorce in a supportive, compassionate, and age-appropriate setting. Children participate with kids their age and learn coping skills for lifestyle changes due to divorce.

    Completion of the Divorce Workshop is required for children whose parents file for divorce in Polk County.

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    Legal Representation for Children

    Iowa Center for Children’s Justice attorneys are appointed by the court to represent children ages 6-16 in high-conflict divorce or custody matters in Polk and Dallas Counties.

    Our attorneys work one-on-one with children to listen to their needs and advocate for a child-focused resolution.

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    Child-Focused Mediation

    Experienced attorneys work with parents in custody disputes to find solutions that support the children and benefit the entire family. Mediation can be used as an alternative to the courts or to fulfill a legal requirement of the divorce process.

    In addition to caucus-style mediation typically practiced in Polk and Dallas counties, the Iowa Center for Children’s Justice offers these hard-to-find alternatives:

    • Child-inclusive mediation
    • Two mediator team approach
    • Single- or extended multi-session mediation
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    Parenting Coordination

    Our attorneys work with parents post-divorce to resolve day-to-day parenting conflicts. Parenting coordination can be voluntary or court-ordered and helps teach parents a child-focused, collaborative approach to resolving parenting issues.

    Parenting Coordination can save parents time and money by keeping them out of court and promotes problem-solving among parents to resolve future issues without professional coordination.

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    Neutral Evaluation

    We offer an impartial evaluation of divorce or custody disputes with the parents or attorneys involved in the case. Early neutral evaluation is voluntary, confidential, and can occur any time after a case has been filed in court.

    Neutral Evaluation enhances communication between the parties to clarify the central issues in the dispute, which can shorten the pre-trial process and lead to a settlement out of court.

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