child custody

Family Law Experiment

Apr 18, 2017

An experiment is underway in eastern Iowa to change how divorce and other family law cases are handled by the courts. The goal of the pilot project is to speed up simple cases, allow more people to represent themselves, and give judges a more active role.

Provided by Families United Action Network

An Iowa organization wants to bring family law reform into the forefront of the 2016 election. Saturday, the Families United Action Network will hold a town hall forum in Clinton, so local candidates can talk about issues affecting Iowa families.

President Nicholas Dreeszen says one of the main topics will be how child custody is handled in Iowa after parents divorce. Iowa State Representative, Norlin Mommsen, will talk about his proposed bill, that would require judges to award joint legal custody, unless there's evidence of abuse.

Dreeszen says it's especially difficult for men to win custody, or even visitation rights with their children, under current state law.