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Blog Posts in 2016

  • Blended Families & the Holidays

    The holidays are a time of year where time should be spent with loved ones. However, when families become blended due to divorce or remarriage, the season can be subject to conflict, anxiety, and stress. The following are helpful tips you may want to consider so you and your family can enjoy the holidays without any worries or stress: If you have nothing nice to say, do not say anything at all. ...
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  • Ways You Might Be Sabotaging Your Divorce

    In a divorce , how you handle the proceedings and how you behave throughout the process is important toward obtaining the most favorable outcome once an agreement is reached. Unfortunately, aggressive behaviors are often an overriding factor in lengthy and contentious legal battles. Learning how to avoid sabotaging yourself and risking an undesirable outcome in your case can help you reach a ...
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  • The Most Important Divorce Tip for Parents

    Family counseling specialists and divorced parents agree: one of the most important goals for any divorce is to impact the children as little as possible. Whether your kids are toddlers or teenagers, they are vulnerable to what you say or do. While divorce often brings out the most emotional and painful issues people ever face, parents need to value their children’s health above all else. ...
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  • Online Infidelity

    We at The Law Office of Mark R. Hinshaw fully understand the impact the internet has on our current lives. Whether it’s catching up with friends through social media sites or seeking a relationship through various dating apps, the ways to connect with one another are endless. With the recent hack of controversial website Ashley Madison, which exposed the unfaithful activities of millions of users, ...
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  • How to Survive the Holidays after a Divorce

    Coping with a divorce is difficult enough, and the approaching holiday season only amplifies the feeling of stress and sadness tenfold. Although it may seem like an insurmountable challenge, if you can manage to survive this time of year, think about how much stronger you could potentially become when it’s all over. Here are some helpful tips to cope with divorce during the holidays. Make a ...
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  • Custody Dispute Tips for Fathers

    In a very "traditional" family model, the mother is primarily responsible for the care of the children and the home while the father works long hours to provide financially for the family. The father relies on the mother to inform him of their kids’ schedule and needs. When a divorce occurs, and child custody is disputed, the mom can demonstrate how she handles taking the children to the doctor ...
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  • What Can Make Divorce More Expensive?

    In most cases, divorces can be expensive. Some require complex child custody , child support , alimony , or property division , while others are pushed to the brink of hostile court litigation. It is imperative to completely understand the issues you face in a divorce and allocate your finances accordingly to have the most cost-efficient divorce possible. Common issues that typically make divorces ...
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  • How to Tell Your Spouse You Want a Divorce

    After trying time and time again to make your marriage work, you may have come to the conclusion that you will need to divorce your spouse. Everyone has their reasons for doing so. Perhaps you and your spouse have begun acknowledging this truth; still, even if both of you are on the same page, it is an entirely different ordeal. The objective is to prevent the hurt and angry feelings, and reduce ...
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  • Iowa & Child Custody Matters

    How are child custody cases decided in Iowa? Every state has its own particular set of guidelines. However, the polestar factor in any child custody case continues to be what is in the best interests of the child. How Do the Courts Decide? Sometimes parents can work out many of their matters without needing to bring the matter to court. Mediation, for example, provides a confidential platform for ...
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