Even if you are married, it is still advisable to have an up-to-date power of attorney. While your spouse can certainly make medical decisions for you if you become incapacitated, what if your spouse becomes incapacitated at the same time or shortly after you? Since you are married couple, you probably often find yourself in the same vehicle as your spouse or crossing the same intersection. You could end up in an accident together. Who would you want to make those medical decisions for you if your spouse can’t?
Also a power of attorney does not only apply to health care decisions. There is also an Iowa Statutory Power of Attorney that can designate someone to make decisions regarding your finances. Even if you are married, your spouse can not just automatically do that. Sure, if you have joint accounts with your spouse, your spouse can act on your behalf, however what about that account that is solely in your name? Your retirement? Your social security? A CD you may have? Your spouse would have no say over those accounts.
So while you may designate your spouse as your primary power of attorney both for health care decisions and the Iowa Statutory Power of Attorney, you should definitely designate a back-up as well, just in case your spouse can’t do it.
A: The filing fee at the Clerk’s office for a divorce is $185.00. To enter the final decree is another $50 filing fee. If you have children, you have to take a class called Children in the Middle. The fee for this class is $50. There is a link on the Resources page that will give you more information on this class. In addition, if your case involves minor children and you have not reached an amicable agreement with your spouse, you must partake in mediation, which costs $225.00.