Family Law

Whether you are thinking about divorce, have a question regarding a child’s paternity, are having a child custody dispute, are setting or modifying child support, are concerned the other party isn’t following your divorce or child custody decree or would like to modify your divorce or child custody decree, Branstad Law can assist you.


When you become involved in any of these actions, you may be required to participate in a Children in the Middle program and/or mediation. The Children in the Middle program is designed to assist individuals with children as they are getting a divorce, are addressing child custody or are modifying a decree.


Mediation is required for divorce, child custody, contempt and modification actions before the parties can obtain a trial or hearing date. Mediation allows you and the opposing party the opportunity to resolve the matter in a way that both parties find acceptable, instead of asking the Court to decide.


The Children in the Middle Course is offered at the following locations:


Mercy Franklin Center

1750 48th Street, Suite 2

Des Moines, IA 50310



Boone County CARES, Inc

PO Box 514

Boone, IA 50036



Southwest Community College

1501 W. Townline Road

Creston, IA 50801

641-782-1449 or


Journey Counseling and Consultation

118 Hayward, Suite #6

Ames, IA 50014



Center for Interpersonal Effectiveness

2525 N Ankeny Blvd., Suite #113

Ankeny, IA 50023


* Offers programs at Altoona, Kirkendall, Johnston, and Newton Public Libraries


Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)

2006 South Ankeny Blvd.

Ankeny, IA 50023



Counseling Center for Central Iowa

Iowa Health System

6000 University Ave, Suite 200

West Des Moines, IA 50266



Iowa Lutheran Hospital

700 E. University Ave.

Des Moines, IA 50316



Parenting Way, Inc.

1211 Vine St., Suite 2140

West Des Moines, IA 50265



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