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  • What to Do After a Divorce

    You’ve done it--you survived what everyone said was the hardest part of their life, and you have now officially been granted your divorce . You no longer have to associate yourself with your ex-spouse if you don’t want to, and the expensive and emotionally draining process is finally over. Though it may feel like an enormous relief that you want to celebrate, it is essential you don’t forget to ...
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  • Co-Parenting Tips for Divorced Couples

    Very few things are quite as difficult as struggling to co-parent with your ex-spouse, as there is obviously a reason why the two of you chose to end your marriage. Whether there is a vast difference in parenting styles, or you cannot simply get along with each other, co-parenting will be a challenge until your children are old enough to take care of themselves, and even then you will still have ...
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  • How Are Retirement Accounts Divided in an Iowa Divorce?

    Finances are one of the most contentious aspects of divorce, as each party believes he or she is entitled to a specific amount of assets. Very rarely does the divorcing couple completely agree on what each person should have, and this is even truer for retirement accounts. If you are getting a divorce in the state of Iowa, your retirement account and pensions are liable to be divided with your ...
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  • Online Dating Websites Becoming More Common in Divorce Evidence

    With the advent of technologies such as social media and the Internet, divorce has changed considerably, as have dating and relationships. Many people who are in the midst of a divorce don’t know how else to get back into the dating pool, as they may feel hesitant to put themselves in social situations they’re not used to. As a result, many people are turning to dating websites as a way to still ...
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  • Tips on Planning Child Custody during the Summer Months

    Children are always excited for the summer. School is out, they have the freedom to play from dusk until dawn, and they usually go on some kind of vacation with their family. However, after a divorce , the summer can become quite a complicated ordeal for ex-spouses to find agreement upon. Oftentimes, divorced parents who have limited custody during the school months hope to see their children for ...
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  • Why You Should Stay off Social Media during Your Divorce

    As everyone knows, divorce can be an incredibly difficult time. This emotionally draining transition is made no easier with the advent of social media, as it is a staple in our everyday lives. In this day and age, divorce is made even more complicated with the fact that people are able to keep up with the ex-spouses lives through platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Though social ...
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  • Is Your Spouse Hiding Assets? Here Are Some Signs

    Did you know that three in ten adults with shared finances have hidden assets or purchases from their partner? According to several studies, approximately 7.2 million Americans have hidden a bank or credit card account from their live-in spouse or partner. So when it comes to divorce , there may be a discrepancy during the financial disclosure part of the proceeding. There are many cases where a ...
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  • Divorcing After 50? Tips for Gray Divorces

    “Gray divorce” is defined as divorce among older couples, typically over 50 years of age and have been married for several decades. It is a relatively recent trend caused by various factors, such as the increase life expectancy, a growth in financial independence among older women, and the changing cultural norms. There are many unique issues which couples involved in gray divorces must address. ...
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  • Biggest Divorce Myths

    You might have heard a variety of divorce stories that are often considered as truth; however, some of them are just myths that are not necessarily true. Each couple who has divorced or is currently in the process does not experience the same emotions and issues. While each divorce ends differently, the following are four of the biggest myths of divorce: Divorce is always expensive . Not all ...
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  • Unique Issues in a Gray Divorce

    If you are going through a divorce and are over the age of 50, you are not alone. In fact, this growing trend has earned its own name – “Gray Divorce.” According to the National Center for Family & Marriage Research, the divorce rate among adults over 50 doubled between the years 1990 and 2014, and tripled for those over 65 within the same timeframe. Divorce at this age, however, may be different ...
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  • Start Your Marriage on the Right Foot with a Prenup

    Having an open and honest conversation about a prenup is something not many couples do. Taking the time to do this early on, however, can lay down the necessary foundation of mutual trust. These first conversations are helpful to give both partners an opportunity to learn more about their relationship and whether or not they may have irreconcilable differences in life goals. What is Addressed in a ...
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  • Common Child Custody Mistakes

    Divorce can be a difficult time for anyone, but especially for parents. Children can complicate divorce proceedings and turn them ugly, often because both parents want what they think is best for the child. However, sometimes parents make mistakes during the child custody proceedings, not knowing it could cost them time with their kids. Here are a few common child custody mistakes to avoid if ...
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  • Biggest Divorce Mistakes

    Divorce can be tough for many people, often because at least one person in the relationship didn’t see it coming. People expect their marriages to last forever—when it doesn’t, this disappointment can often manifest in aggression, spite, or anger. It is also easy to take out these negative emotions on your spouse, whether or not they actually deserve it. Because divorces are so fraught with ...
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  • Why Is January the Busiest Time for Divorces?

    Divorce attorneys across the country notice the trends of influx divorce filings year round. Often, January is seen as a “busy month” for divorces. Our Des Moines divorce attorney explains why this is and what it could mean for your divorce. Reasons People File for Divorce in January End of the holidays — Many spouses, especially those with children, will wait until after the holiday season to ...
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  • New Year's Resolutions to Help You through Your Divorce

    Separation or divorce is never easy, especially during the holidays. It is okay to feel sad, confused, or angry about the end of your marriage. As the New Year starts, setting personal goals and resolutions can help you deal with these emotions in a healthy way. If you are facing divorce, dedicating your New Year’s resolutions to your case can help you treat the New Year as a clean slate and ...
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  • 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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  • 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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