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  • What Are the Penalties for Hiding Assets in a Divorce?

    When you file for divorce, one of the first big tasks you’ll need to tackle is the financial affidavit. The financial affidavit is a legal document that each spouse presents to the court before they begin their divorce. This document is legally binding, and, whether you file for a contested or uncontested divorce, it must be presented in full with no financial documents or assets omitted. If you ...
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  • What Factors Influence Child Custody?

    Whether you are going through a divorce, legal separation, or another type of split from your child’s other parent, dealing with the issue of child custody can be tricky. Parents are typically encouraged to try to find a solution amongst themselves, without the interference of the court system, and sometimes this works. However, if the parents are unable to come to an agreement on their own, they ...
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  • How Do I Tell People I Am Getting Divorced?

    One of the most challenging aspects of divorce is how it affects your entire social life. Many people in your social circle will need to be notified of your divorce and this announcement will need to come from you and your ex, as opposed to elsewhere. Telling people you are getting divorced can be incredibly difficult to overcome, as it stands to only make the situation more real. It will also be ...
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  • Does Infidelity Affect Divorce in Iowa?

    Many marriages end as a result of infidelity on either party’s side--sometimes even both. Infidelity makes the divorce process often more complicated and contentious, but many people fail to realize it has no real legal bearing on divorce, at least in the state of Iowa. While the state of a marriage is forever altered when one party is discovered to have cheated or consistently be cheating, the ...
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  • How Do I Protect My Rights as a Father?

    Whether you are going through a divorce or are an unmarried father, your parental rights are still important and should be respected. Unfortunately, it can be a challenge for fathers to receive the appropriate recognition in their child’s life and may find themselves fighting to protect their rights. As Des Moines family law attorneys, we understand the difficulties you may be facing, and we can ...
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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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