Payer, Hunziker,
Rhodes & Peters, LLP
535 Main Street
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: 515-232-4115
Toll-Free: 866-382-3599
Fax: 515-232-4388
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Margaret and Chris

Ames Family Law Attorneys

Family law deals with a spectrum of matters involving marriage and children. It is sometimes fraught with emotions from heartache to hopes for a better life, and concern for children's best interests.

Divorce is a central issue in family law. In Iowa a couple does not need to show any wrongdoing on the part of the other spouse. Rather, if there are irreconcilable differences, then the marriage can be dissolved. In some cases it can even be annulled and ruled to have never been legally a marriage.

Issues that divorce brings up can be quite complicated, especially child custody and visitation, and property division where there is a significant and complex marital estate.

Property Division

Iowa law requires that property be divided "equitably," that is, not necessarily 50-50, but fairly, as the court sees it. Payer, Hunziker, Rhodes & Peters, LLP has extensive experience and knowledge of what a court will do if a trial is necessary. Therefore we are in an excellent position to advise you and to negotiate successfully for a favorable settlement out of court for you.

Child Custody and Visitation

Our firm can also counsel and represent you effectively in arranging what is in the best interests of your children (as required by law) and yourself. Children need financial and emotional support from both parents.

If this is a turbulent time for you, we can give you confidence that your divorce will be handled efficiently and effectively. We care about our clients, but are resolute with the other party when necessary. We demand fairness for you and your children.

Ames Family Law Lawyer

Our knowledge and experience makes for success on your behalf regarding:

  • Contested or Uncontested Divorce
  • Separation
  • Visitation
  • Restraining Orders
  • Modifications
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Paternity
  • Domestic Partnership
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support

To schedule an appointment with an experienced Iowa family law attorney, contact us or call our local number at 515-232-4115 or toll-free at 866-382-3599. Our office is conveniently located on Main Street in downtown Ames. We accept Visa and MasterCard.


At the law office of Payer, Hunziker, Rhodes & Peters, LLP, in Ames, we represent individuals in Boone, Story, Hamilton, Calhoun, Carroll, Greene, Hardin, Marshall, Pocahontas, Sac and Webster counties in Iowa, including the communities of Boone, Nevada, Huxley, Gilbert, Webster City, Story City and many others.