IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) If you file for a divorce, your attorney can make the final decision on the terms.
The Iowa Supreme Court has decided to keep the state’s civil divorce laws intact and is expected to issue a final ruling later this month.
The court’s opinion doesn’t say if a court-ordered divorce will be granted or denied.
It doesn’t mean the court won’t overturn the state law, however, since the law will remain in place for now.
Lawyers and divorce attorneys are allowed to file their own requests for a final divorce.
It’s unclear how the court will address the request from a person who wants a final order to dissolve the marriage.
It was only two years ago that the state Supreme Court ruled against the practice of divorcing people who had been divorced.
That ruling sparked a national debate over civil divorce and led to a flurry of lawsuits from people who wanted to get rid of the divorce laws.
The state’s divorce laws are set to expire in 2020.
The ruling is the latest challenge to Iowa’s civil laws, which have been under attack for decades by judges, legislators and a conservative Supreme Court majority.
The courts have rejected arguments by a group of conservative lawmakers who argued that the law unfairly penalizes divorce attorneys.