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  • Justifiable Reasons to Change Your Child Support Payments

    Divorce orders are based on your present circumstances, but they also account for a potential future. For instance, support orders look at your current finances, but they also look at your earning potential. The court can assume that someone will advance in their career and order a higher amount of support. These days, however, the future is harder to predict. People change careers far more often, ...
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  • How Will the Court Handle Property in My Annulment?

    An annulment is not at all the same thing as a divorce. In a divorce, you divide property and determine spousal support. The purpose is to help someone stable as they transition into singledom. Divorce ends a marriage. Effectively, you are breaking up a legal family, and the law wants to make sure everyone is protected. Annulment doesn’t end a marriage. It nullifies the marriage, erasing it from ...
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  • How Does Collaborative Divorce Work?

    When we think of divorce, we often imagine ugly courtroom trials. We picture angry spouses trying to undercut and scam one another out of money, property, and so on. These perceptions give us a sense that someone will “win” or “lose.” It doesn’t have to be this way. When it’s time to get a divorce, court is not always necessary. Many other options are available to you. One such option is a ...
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  • Can Men Receive Alimony in a Divorce?

    Even in our modern times, there is a lot of confusion around gender and divorce decisions. Most people assume that the system is biased toward women. They believe that women are overcompensated when it comes to support, child custody, and so on. Legally, gender should not affect any divorce decisions. The court should consider only the facts of the case and the individuals getting divorced. In ...
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  • What Makes a Parent Unfit in Iowa?

    Parents often disagree on how to raise children, especially if they are divorced. In many cases, mismatched parenting styles are among the reasons for divorce. These disagreements can get heated and contentious, but ultimately, If you don’t like the other parent’s methods, there isn’t much legal recourse for resolving the issue. They may be unwilling to change their behavior, and the court grants ...
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  • Why Should Fathers Secure Their Parental Rights?

    Being a biological father doesn’t necessarily mean you are a legal father. The government requires you to officially declare our parenthood. You can do this by signing the birth certificate or filing paperwork later. The legal term for fatherhood is “paternity.” If you wait too long, or if you discover a child later in life, you must officially declare your fatherhood. You may need to go through ...
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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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