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  • 3 Reasons to Change Your Prenuptial Agreement

    Many people use prenuptial contracts for financial purposes. They can clearly define their marital and separate property; they can restrict certain finances to just one spouse, they can make a financial plan in case of divorce; and so on. Some people also use marital agreements to dictate rules within the marriage. They can, for instance, make decisions about which spouse will handle which ...
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  • What if My Child's Co-parent Refuses to Follow the Parenting Plan?

    Everyone knows that working with other people can be difficult, especially with the other person doesn’t meet their obligations. Bosses, coworkers, and other professionals can slow down progress. This problem is amplified when it involves your personal life. As a divorced parent, you must rely on your co-parent to obey the parenting plan, but some people simply won’t comply. This can include ...
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  • Different Types of Restraining Orders in Iowa

    Restraining orders go by many names. Some call them “protective orders,” and others call them “orders of protection.” There are several ways to combine the terms, but the orders themselves all serve the purpose. Retraining orders help expedite justice for people who have been victimized. If, for instance, someone is threatening you, you can accuse them of assault. After that, their case churns ...
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  • Can Domestic Abuse Change a Divorce Court's Rulings?

    If you are experiencing domestic violence, you need to seek help immediately. Get to a safe place and call the police. If the threat is imminent, they may be able to help you secure an emergency protective order. This will give you time to prepare for a longer-lasting order later. If the abuse is coming from a spouse, you also need to talk to an attorney and begin filing for divorce. You can view ...
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  • Should You Date Before a Divorce is Final?

    The Negative Effects of Starting a New Relationship During a Divorce Since divorce can be emotionally draining and nerve-wracking, some people cannot wait for the marriage to be over and move on with their lives. In fact, some are ready to start dating once again as soon as possible, even while their divorce proceedings are going on. However, is dating during a divorce a wise decision? Could Lead ...
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  • Same-Sex Couples and the Birth of a New Baby

    It’s been almost a decade since the Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage should be recognized across. The country. Still, for many, the laws on the topic can feel “new.” There is still much vagueness and confusion about what, exactly your rights are. This can be especially true for same-sex parents. Many laws are still steeped in traditional, heterosexual marriages, and it’s taking time for ...
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  • Guardianship Options in Iowa

    There are many reasons to take guardianship over someone. They may be a minor with no one else to look after them. Perhaps they are an adult who has become incapacitated. Gaining guardianship can be a complicated process. First off, you must know exactly what type of guardianship you are seeking. There are several different forms, and choosing the correct one can be difficult. Here is a broad ...
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  • Prenuptial Agreements for Middle-Class Americans

    People often assume prenuptial agreements are for the ultra-rich, and these contracts do not apply to them. Without question, people of substantial means use these agreements to protect their wealth. However, anyone from any social class can benefit from a prenup. Here are some ways a prenuptial contract can benefit your marriage, even if you have an average income. Prenups Can Determine the Rules ...
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  • The Complications of an Agricultural Divorce

    All divorces are complicated and require many decisions. Depending on your profession, those complications can multiply. For farm owners, those complications can go even further. Untangling the commingled property is the biggest issue in an agricultural divorce. Your farm may have been in your family for generations, but if your spouse contributed to its worth and welfare, they may be entitled to ...
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  • Am I Able to Annul My Marriage?

    There are many ways to end a marriage. You can get divorced, file for separation, or have the marriage annulled. Each option has its benefits and drawbacks. None of these options are, however, equal in their outcomes. For instance, both a divorce and an annulment end a marriage, but a separation keeps the marriage legal and official. This fact raises a question: If you want to end your marriage, ...
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  • Can I Lose My Inheritance in a Divorce?

    Divorce is an incredibly stressful experience. On one hand, it can bring about severe emotional distress, leading people into deep mental health woes for which they need treatment. On another hand, it carries many practice concerns, often revolving around money and property. It’s often confusing, trying to decipher which property you can keep and which you will lose. Some property is very ...
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  • Divorce Mediation vs Collaborative Divorce

    There are two main alternatives to a court-litigated divorce: divorce mediation and collaborative divorce . Both methods share the goal of keeping the divorcing couple out of the courtroom, which ultimately makes the divorce cheaper, faster, and mutually beneficial to both parties. However, there are many differences between mediation and collaborative divorce. The following is an overview of both ...
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  • 5 Benefits of Divorce Mediation

    Most people believe divorce is a hotly contested legal battle that costs tens of thousands of dollars and takes years to finalize. However, many couples can resolve their differences through “divorce mediation” and avoid a heated dispute in court. Mediation involves a neutral third party—known as the “mediator”—who facilitates meetings between the couples to ensure they reach their own agreement. ...
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  • When Does Child Support End in Iowa?

    Although both parents are responsible for supporting their child(ren) after a divorce , the noncustodial parent is ordered to pay child support to the custodial parent in order to provide care, shelter, food, and other resources for each child. However, making these monthly payments for many years to come can be financially daunting, which is why parents going through divorce wonder when will ...
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  • 3 Types of Domestic Violence Restraining Orders in IA

    In Iowa, domestic violence occurs when someone commits assault against another person whom he/she has a specific relationship with, such as a current or former spouse, a current or former romantic partner, an individual who shares a child with an abuser, or a family or household member. Common examples of domestic abuse include: Causing injury or pain Insulting or offensive touching Placing ...
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