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  • Coronavirus - Iowa Divorce Updates

    The Iowa Judicial Branch and Governor Reynolds have implemented several new guidelines governing court timelines, procedures and notarization requirements for Iowa divorce cases. Iowa Divorce Trials and Hearings Currently all civil bench trials and other hearings set to commence before May 4 shall be either continued to a date no earlier than May 4 or conducted by telephone, at the discretion of ...
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  • Will Coronavirus Impact Iowa Divorces?

    In response to the current spread of Coronavirus, the Iowa Supreme Court has imposed new case management guidelines to Iowa divorce cases. Pursuant to the advisory order entered on March 14, 2020, by Chief Justice Christensen, all current Iowa divorce trials and hearings set to commence before May 4 th may go forward as scheduled. However, the trial courts shall freely grant continuances for good ...
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  • Should I Get a Prenup?

    A prenuptial agreement is a contract that two soon-to-be spouses sign before getting married. The contract generally contains information about how the couple’s shared property and debts will be divided in the event of a divorce . Though pop culture has made the prenup out to be something only for the very wealthy, prenuptial agreements can benefit people from all walks of life and with all ...
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  • Child Custody for Military Parents

    How Military Service Affects Custody Arrangements If you’re in the midst of a divorce , you might be wondering how your military status will affect child custody arrangements. Though you may be deployed or relocated in the future, you are still entitled to the same custody rights as the child’s civilian parent. The Department of Defense’s USA4 Military Families Initiative is in place to ensure ...
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  • Marriage Annulment vs. Divorce

    When terminating a marriage, couples have two options: Divorce and annulment . Although the outcome of both of these legal motions is the uncoupling of a married pair, they are each appropriate in different situations and involve different processes. The main difference between annulment and divorce is that annulment acknowledges that the marriage was never valid, and must be terminated on the ...
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  • Do Birth Parents Need to Consent to the Adoption of Their Child?

    In many adoption cases, a child is adopted because the adoptive parents are determined as better caregivers than the birth parents. For a child to enter the adoption process, the birth parents must consent to their child being adopted and relinquish their parental rights. Through doing this, the birth parents acknowledge that they cannot care for the child in full capacity and want a more suitable ...
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  • Creating a Special Valentine’s Day for Your Adopted Child

    Expanding your family through adoption is a wonderful way to not only brighten your life but brighten the life of a child in need of a home. If this Valentine’s Day is the first you will share with your adopted child, you may be looking to make it particularly special. Here are a few ways to create a holiday your child won’t soon forget! 1.Create New Traditions If your family has certain holiday ...
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  • How Does Remarriage Affect Spousal Support?

    Spousal support, also referred to as alimony, is the financial payments one spouse makes to the other either during or after a divorce. The court can award a few different types of alimony depending on your situation. These are: periodic: paid until the death of the payor or the receiver passes or remarries; reimbursement: repayment to a spouse who helped with their partner’s educational expenses; ...
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  • What Is an Uncontested Divorce?

    An uncontested divorce is one in which both parties agree on all issues. There is no expedited process for uncontested divorce, but it will generally move through the court system more quickly than if the parties do not agree on the issues. Uncontested Divorce Eligibility Couples with no disagreements are generally the people who file for an uncontested divorce. Common issues couples need to agree ...
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  • Grounds for Marriage Annulment in Iowa

    A couple can seek a marriage annulment if they believe it wasn’t valid to begin with. Unlike a divorce, when an annulment is granted, the record is entirely erased from the legal system. For this reason, a couple needs to prove the invalidity of the marriage. In Iowa, your marriage can only be annulled if: it was incestuous – you and your spouse are related by blood (first cousins or closer); one ...
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  • Is It Challenging for a Same-Sex Couple to Divorce?

    Since 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court has legally recognized same-sex marriage. As such, it also allows same-sex divorce, even if the couple was married in a different state. The same rules and requirements apply to homosexual and heterosexual divorce. Requirements to File Divorce Before a couple can file for divorce in Iowa, they must meet certain prerequisites, as listed below: Proving your ...
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  • Establishing Paternity: How to Lawfully Substantiate Fatherhood

    In the state of Iowa, when a married couple has a child, the husband is automatically presumed to be the father. His name will go on the birth certificate and no further action is needed from the couple. Unfortunately, there are no automatic protections in place for the fathers of a children born out of wedlock. Unwed partners need to take additional steps to ensure the father has legal rights to ...
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  • Can You File a Domestic Violence Claim Against Your Roommate?

    It may surprise you to know that roommate violence and disputes are categorized as domestic violence. This means disputes between roommates can carry all the consequences of domestic violence cases between spouses. What Is Classified as Domestic Violence? Domestic violence (or abuse) is assault between two people in a relationship. This relationship can be: a married couple; a divorced couple; ...
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  • How Does Military Divorce Differ from Civilian Divorce?

    Service members have rights and obligations that differ from civilians. For this reason, there are several elements the military influences when one or both parties are servicemembers going through divorce. These elements include: where the divorce can be filed; how child or spousal support is calculated; child custody; child visitation; and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). ...
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  • What Is a Child in Need of Assistance Case?

    A Child in Need of Assistance (CINA) case is when a court must decide if the living situation around a child is not conducive to their ultimate wellbeing. A court will find a CINA if: a child has been abused and/or neglected; a child has a developmental disability or mental disorder that isn’t being addressed by their guardian; or the child’s guardians don’t give proper care and/or attention to ...
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