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Children In Middle Classes
NOTE: I DO NOT ARRANGE FOR CHILDREN IN THE MIDDLE CLASSES. THIS INFORMATION IS PROVIDED FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF MY CLIENTS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC. Currently I am not taking any Family Law cases due to my workload.
According to I.C.A. § 598.15, Parents must attend an approved Children in the Middle class if custody or visitation issues are involved in the dissolution of a marriage or a modification. A new law additionally statutorily requires the course in all actions involving custody of a child or visitation. A certification of completion must be submitted to the court prior to issuance of a decree or final order. This class must be completed within 45 days of the date of Original Notice. The cost is approximately $30 - $40, and consists of a 4 hour course. Each judicial district certifies a list of courses for that district.
The class may be waived upon good cause shown or the court could order parties to receive the information in an alternative format. If termination of parental rights of any of the parties is involved, participation is not necessary. The court could also order counseling for the children.
A complete listing of Children in the Middle Programs is available on the Iowa Judicial Branch page.