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The Central Iowa Academy Of Collaborative Professionals (CIACP) is a consortium of Family Law attorneys who offer a cooperative way to divorce, unlike the traditional adversarial method. The CIACP trains and screens attorneys for membership, and is your best resource in Iowa for finding qualified collaborative lawyers for both you and your spouse. The CIACP is also your best resource in Iowa for finding qualified collaborative professionals such as Child Specialists and Financial Specialists they are available here.

Shireen L. Carter



Shireen L. Carter Attorney at Law

8555 Harbach Blvd, Suite 202

Clive, Iowa 50325

My name is Shireen Carter. I am an attorney and mediator in the Des Moines area with my office located in Clive. The emphasis of my practice is on family law and juvenile law. My focus is to provide caring, compassionate, client-centered representation to each of my clients. I grew up in the Des Moines area and graduated from Simpson College with a BA in psychology and a minor in social work. I lived in the Las Vegas area for eleven years before returning to the Des Moines area to fulfill a lifelong goal of attending law school. During law school, I was active in the Middleton Children’s Rights Clinic at Drake, where I represented children and parents in Children in Need of Assistance, delinquency, guardianship, adoption, and emancipation cases. 

I was divorced before I was ever an attorney. My experience as a client sitting “on the other side of the desk” affords me a great empathy for my clients as they embark on a significant life-changing path. A collaborative divorce provides an alternative process to end a marriage that doesn’t necessitate destroying a family and that possibility is why I choose to do this work.

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