How to Find a Family Lawyer in Iowa


Resources to help you find a qualified family lawyer to help with adoption, guardianship, conservatorship, domestic disputes, paternity questions, and more.



Family law is about much more than divorce. A qualified family lawyer can help you with adoption, guardianship, conservatorship, domestic disputes, paternity questions, and more. (See Ten Ways a Family Lawyer Can Help You. If you are looking for a divorce lawyer, see How to Find a Divorce Lawyer in Iowa.) 

Why Hire a Family Lawyer

Family law is a specialty. An experienced family law attorney can make sure you get high-quality results without wasting time or money. If you decide to hire a lawyer, you’ll want to find someone who focuses only or almost exclusively on family law, rather than using a general practice lawyer or a lawyer who concentrates on some other legal subject.

Resources for Finding Family Lawyers

Here are some recommended ways to find a family lawyer:

Ask around. Without a doubt, the best way to find a good lawyer is to ask friends, family, work associates -- anyone you know and trust. Even if they don’t personally know a family lawyer, they may know another lawyer they like. And that lawyer may be able to direct you to a good family law attorney.

Ask your local bar association. The Iowa State Bar Association maintains a lawyer directory. This directory can provide you with names of family lawyers in your area who are in good standing with the bar association. Do keep in mind, however, that the bar association doesn’t screen the lawyers for the amount of experience they have or for their competence. It’s up to you to interview each attorney to find out whether they have the experience you need.

Online lawyer directories. Here are a few websites that offer directories of attorneys serving Iowa. Because different attorneys list with different directories, we offer you a choice so you can consider a selection of Iowa family lawyers. Like bar association directories, these lawyers have probably not been screened for their qualifications or competence. Lawyers usually self-report their information, so be prepared to do your homework and ask each lawyer about their experience before hiring anyone.

Low-cost legal aid services. If your income is low, you may be able to get family law assistance or advice from a local legal aid organization.

Finally, if you wish to be directly connected with a family lawyer in Iowa, you can visit our Iowa Lawyers Page and enter your zip code. A local lawyer will then get in touch with you. 


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