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  • Preparing for Divorce: What You Can Expect

    Coming to the decision to divorce is emotionally challenging. The road ahead to a finalized divorce can be just as difficult if you do not know what to expect. In order to make things easier and perhaps less intimidating for our potential clients, our Des Moines divorce lawyers of The Law Offices of Mark. R. Hinshaw have prepared a quick rundown of Iowa divorce procedures you are going to want to ...
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  • Uncontested Divorce vs. Contested Divorce

    Divorce can be settled in one of two ways: either contested or uncontested. Contested divorce is often a more popular journey for most couples to take, as those divorcing are rarely able to agree on the issues in their marriage. This means important issues such as child custody, child support, visitation, property division, the allocation of debts, and more are at the mercy of the courts, in which ...
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  • Life After Divorce

    The lead-up to divorce is often one of the most discussed parts of family law, in both the legal and public sense. The overall process is very heavily deliberated as well, though people very rarely discuss the aftermath of divorce as often as they should. This is unfortunate, as life after divorce is often incomparably difficult compared to anything you may have endured before. The question is, ...
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  • Are Same-Sex Divorce Proceedings Different?

    Same-sex marriage rights are a victory for countless couples across the nation, as they have been since the year 2009. Because the legalization of same-sex marriage is less than 10 years old, many LGBTQ couples wonder whether their rights are the same across the board. Unfortunately, divorce does not discriminate--nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce. In the event of a divorce, same-sex couples ...
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  • Getting an Annulment: What You Need to Know

    An annulment is different from a divorce in that it essentially erases the marriage from history in all senses of the word. A divorce still acknowledges a marriage legally took place at one point. Many people seek an annulment because they want to pretend their marriage never happened, but this isn’t enough reason to obtain an annulment. The legal definition of annulment means there was no valid ...
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  • Who Gets to Keep the Pets in a Divorce?

    Children aren’t the only ones who can get caught up in a divorced couple’s custody dispute. In fact, fights over who will get to keep the family pets can be equally contentious. Research has shown that roughly 50% of marriages end in divorce and that 62% of American homes have at least one pet in them. It’s easy to see that many of these divorced couples are likely to own a pet. But what happens ...
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  • Service Member Divorce: What You Need to Know

    When a service member gets divorced , unique issues arise that would not occur during a civilian divorce . This is why it is important to understand the complexities of a military divorce. The more you know, the more smoothly your divorce will go. Below, we explain how military divorce is different from a traditional divorce. Does it Matter What State I File for Divorce In? Typically, the person ...
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  • What Happens to Debt After Divorce?

    One of the parts of the divorce process that can take a long time to resolve is property division . Most people think of property division as the “who gets what” portion of the divorce process; however, not many people realize both assets and debts are divided between the spouses in a divorce. A married couple can accrue a lot of debt during the course of the marriage, particularly if one spouse ...
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  • Relocating with Your Child After Divorce

    Most people think the divorce is the hardest part of the end of a marriage. While this may be true for some, for parents, the hardest part is continuing to speak with your ex to maintain custody visits and visitation. The court will order parents to keep a specific schedule of visitation and custody until both parents decide to make a change or one parent wants to make a change regardless of ...
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  • Should I Keep or Sell the Family Home in a Divorce?

    Deciding what to do with the family home during a divorce can become an emotionally-charged power struggle and a continuing source of conflicts and negotiations between all parties involved. There are a wide variety of factors that couples must consider before making a final decision. The following are several options on dividing the family home in a divorce: Sell it immediately . If you and your ...
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  • 4 Tips to Protect Your Retirement When Divorcing

    Iowa considers retirement accounts and pensions to be marital property, making them subject to property division by the court in a divorce . In each case, Iowa courts determine how the pension needs to be divided and how the amount awarded should be paid. All marital property must be divided “equitably,” which means the court will divide the property fairly but not necessarily equally. The court ...
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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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