Ask an Attorney - How is Spousal Support in Iowa Calculated?

Ask an Attorney - How is Spousal Support in Iowa Calculated?

There are not guidelines for calculating spousal support in Iowa. This means that spousal support is calculated on a case-by-case basis and the facts of each case. The basic idea is that the court looks at one party’s need and the other party’s ability to pay. Watch this video to learn more about the factors that impact spousal support calculations.


How is spousal support in Iowa calculated?


The court will look at several factors when calculating spousal support such as:

  • The length of the marriage;
  • The historical standard of living;
  • Each party’s earning capacity;
  • Debt load; and
  • How the property is divided in the divorce.