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Personalized Care For Your Most Important Family Law Needs

For more than 50 years, we have provided skilled and client-centered representation for in every family law matter. Our family law attorneys strive to provide you the representation you deserve. Due to our reputation for providing quality family law services, we often receive referrals from other clients we’ve represented and from other attorneys in the Iowa City and Des Moines area.

The Family Law Services We Provide

The law firm of Johnston, Stannard, Klesner, Burbidge & Fitzgerald, P.L.C., serves clients throughout eastern Iowa and Des Moines in the area of family law, including:

We place your needs first. We want to meet your family’s needs where you are at. To do this, we make sure that our legal team is as flexible as possible, and we are available to meet with you in person, by phone or through internet services like Skype, FaceTime and other video conferencing services.

Legal Advice For Even The Most Complicated Family Law Issues

We are up to date on fast-moving trends in the area of child custody. An important issue now is shared custody versus primary physical custody. Our attorneys accept the most challenging custody cases and fight hard for the rights and best interests of our clients and their families.

We bring order to difficult situations and strive for a fair result in every case.

We work hard to settle cases and are tough negotiators and litigators. We do things right the first time so our clients know their rights and responsibilities and can move on with their lives. Mediation is a process that can help parties to problem solve and reach a livable resolution to their family law issues.

In spousal maintenance, property division and debt allocation cases, we are creative and resourceful in generating custom-tailored solutions to meet the needs of each unique family. Our lawyers also function as guardians ad litem for family law cases.

Resources Available To Serve You

Because of our long practice in the family law area, we have the resources required to meet your needs and to serve you. We also have the technological means to represent you if you live too far away to travel to our Iowa City office.

Contact Our Firm

Waiting to get an attorney for a family law issue can make your legal situation more complicated down the road. Do not hesitate to get help from our experienced lawyers. Please call toll-free at 319-359-6492 or fill out our online contact form for an initial case consultation.

We will review your case and determine your options with their respective benefits and drawbacks, and any alternatives to the legal process that you may have.

Practice Areas

Notable Cases

Cedar County AGCR024516 — PLEA OFFER ACCEPTED — Attorney Shawn Fitzgerald’s client was accused of the crime of Operating a Motor Vehicle While License is Barred as a Habitual Offender §321.560/ §321.561/ §321.555 /§321.556 (An Aggravated Misdemeanor), as well as Failure to Use Child Restraint Devise §321.446 (A Scheduled Violation). Attorney Shawn Fitzgerald was able to secure a plea offer satisfactory to both client and state.

Notable Cases

Muscatine County AGCR057733 — PLEA ACCEPTED, CHARGE REDUCED — Attorney Shawn Fitzgerald’s client was accused of Domestic Abuse Assault §708.2A(2)(b) (A Serious Misdemeanor). An initial plea offer stated the client would have to plead guilty as charged, attorney Shawn Fitzgerald worked for a better offer for his client. The client was able to plead guilty to an amended lesser charge of Disorderly Conduct §723.4(2) (A Simple Misdemeanor).