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Kristen A. Shaffer

Kristen A. Shaffer, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Law
  • Family Law
  • Litigation
  • Mediation

Contact Information

Kristen A. Shaffer
Attorney, Vice President
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.

Phone: (319) 731-2399
Fax: (319) 365-8443

Kristen’s Assistant

Name: Nicki O’Keefe
Phone: (319) 731-2306

About Kristen A. Shaffer

Kristen is an Attorney and Vice President at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll whose work focuses on family law and litigation. Prior to joining Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, Kristen served as staff attorney at Kids First Law Center where she provided legal representation to clients in high-conflict family law cases and lead workshops for children of divorce. During law school, Kristen represented indigent clients as a student-attorney for the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic and the Office of the State Appellate Defender.

Typical work for Kristen includes:

  • Dissolution of marriage (divorce), both traditional and collaborative
  • Child custody and visitation disputes
  • Valuation of businesses and identifying hidden assets in dissolution cases
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Premarital agreements
  • Modification and enforcement of decrees and orders
  • Parenting coordination
  • Domestic abuse orders of protection
  • Appeals


  • University of Iowa, B.A. (2008)
  • Northern Illinois University  College of Law, JD, (cum laude) (2011)
    • NIU Law Review Notes & Comments Editor (2011)
    • Professor Jenna Hunter’s Research Assistant (2009-2011)
    • Office of the State Appellate Defender, Extern (2010)
    • Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic, Law Clerk, Clinical Intern (2010-2011)

Professional Affiliations

  • Linn County Bar Association
    • Family Law Committee
    • Membership & Admissions Committee
  • Linn Law Club
    • President (2015-2016)
    • Vice President (2014-2015)
    • Treasurer (2013-2014)
  • Dean Mason Inn of Court
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Family Law Section
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • American Bar Association
    • Family Law Section
    • Young Lawyers Division
      • Center on Children and the Law Advisory Committee, Vice-Chair
      • Center on Children and the Law, Liaison
      • Family Law Committee

Awards and Recognitions

  • Listed as a Great Plains Super Lawyer® Rising Stars
  • Greatest Contribution to Advocacy Programs, 2011 Award Recipient
  • NIU COL Moot Court Society, Associate Justice, Semi-Finalist, Best Respondent’s Brief Best Oralist, 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Appellate Lawyers Association National Moot Court Competition, Second Place, Third Place Best Brief, Third Place Best Oral Argument Semi-Final Round

Community and Personal

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters (Board Member)
  • Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (Advisory Board)
  • Kids First Law Center (Volunteer Attorney)
  • Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity Women Build (Steering Committee Member, Fundraising Chair & Auction Chair)

Speeches and Publications

  • Kristen Shaffer, Comment, Standing for Nonparents Seeking Custody of Minors Fails to Adequately Protect Parents’ Fundamental Right to Care, Custody, and Control of Their Children, KANE COUNTY B.J., Sept. 2010, at 16-18.
  • Kristen Shaffer, Comment, Binary Sex Classification: What About Those Who Do Not Fit? An Exploration into the World of the Chimera and Marriage, KANE COUNTY B.J., Feb. 2011, at 21-24.

Recent News Updates

From the Desk of Kristen A. Shaffer

Iowa Supreme Court

In re Marriage of Erpelding

This case includes discussion of the following: Whether a provision waiving attorney fees in the parties’ premarital agreement is an enforceable provision.

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When Divorce Enters the Workplace

When Divorce Enters the Workplace

QDRO, QMCSO, IWO Oh My! Divorce Orders Requiring Employer Action

All employers, whether today or tomorrow, will encounter court orders requiring their action as a result of an employee’s divorce. Court orders requiring employer action include qualified domestic relation orders (QDRO), qualified medical child support orders (QMCSO), and income withholding orders (IWO). With today’s divorce rate climbing over 50%, employers will increasingly have to accommodate such court orders.

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