Can you get a divorce if you are pregnant with that person’s child?

Asked on March 22, 2016 under Family Law, Iowa

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

There’s nothing in the law that disallows a pregnant woman from getting a divorce, although it can make the process a bit more complex. This is becasue during this time, the court must deal with the unborn child. In the case of pregnancy, a court must reserve issues regarding paternity, custody, support and visitation until after the child is born and has a SSN. Therefore, the parties will need to come back to court at a later date to deal with all of these issues. Bottom line, unless there’s some reason why you must divorce now, it is to wait until the child is born, then everything can be handled at once (and for less expense).


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.