Family Law

When your relationship breaks up, even if you both know that divorce is a good thing, emotions are fragile. In many cases, one spouse does not want the divorce and is troubled and anxious. Important decisions need to be made, but this is a time when decision-making skills are compromised. If children are involved, the process is more complicated.

You need the assistance of someone you can trust and that you know is on your side. We at the Handley Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa, are family lawyers with a combined experience of 40 years. We recognize that each situation is unique and there is no one-size-fits all solution to dissolution. We give each of our clients the personal attention they deserve.

Dissolution and related matters.

The following is a list of some, but not all, of the issues we help with.

  • Contested and uncontested divorces.
  • The equitable distribution of property.
  • Spousal and child support issues.
  • Child visitation issues.
  • Domestic violence problems.
  • Restraining orders if necessary.
  • Appeals of court orders.
  • Modifications of any court order or agreement.


Before you can adopt a child in Iowa, the biological parent must have their parental rights terminated. This is true even when step-parents want to adopt their spouse’s child or children. After parental rights are terminated, the adoption process can proceed. Iowa family lawyers can assist you with this process.

At the Handley Law Firm, we respect your privacy and your concerns. We will initially meet with you for a free consultation either at our office or somewhere else that is more convenient for you. We recognize the emotional impact of a dissolution or adoption and will keep you fully informed at every step of the process so you can make knowledgeable decisions. We work diligently to achieve the most favorable outcome possible for each and every client.