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In Iowa if my wife has went to jail for domestic violence against

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In Iowa if my wife has went to jail for domestic violence against me does she still have a right to part of my pension in the divorce?
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In Iowa if my wife has went to jail for domestic violence against me does she still have a right to part of my pension in the divorce?

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Yes, any domestic violence conviction would be a criminal offense and would not have any direct effect on the civil division of assets when a divorce occurs. If a pension was earned during the course of the marriage it is considered a marital asset and is subject to division in a divorce.
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However, since Iowa is not a community property state, the judge has the discretion to divide assets as he sees fit and according to what he feels is fair. So indirectly, the domestic violence conviction could come into play if the judge assigned more fault to her for the marriage deteriorating.
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