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Blog Posts in 2018

  • Understanding Student Loans & the Debt Distribution Process

    Nearly 45 million people in America are frantically struggling to pay off their student loan debts. Statistically, this means that at least 24% of the country is currently participating in a college debt repayment plan. With citizens collectively owing over $1.5 trillion, it’s no wonder that many desperate people just give up and allow these debts to default. But what happens to a spouse’s student ...
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  • Finalizing Your Divorce? Who Gets the Timeshare?

    The best part of the vacation experience is escaping the stress and trials of everyday life. Many married couples fall in love with this feeling and make the emotional and impulsive decision to purchase a timeshare. After all, why not make a vacation paradise your actual home away from home? A timeshare is a property that is owned by multiple parties who get to utilize it on scheduled weeks ...
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  • What Are Temporary Child Custody Orders?

    During the divorce process, parents need to work together to establish an equitable child custody agreement that reflects the best interests of their child. If they can’t come to a unanimous agreement, it’s the court’s responsibility to establish a fair and comprehensive parenting plan on their behalf. But child custody determinations are only one part of a larger marital settlement agreement that ...
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  • Why You Shouldn’t Stay Together for the Kids

    Filing for divorce is a big decision that no couple chances lightly. After all, for better and worse, the transition from marriage to singlehood ultimately affects every aspect of a person’s life. Divorce, in and of itself, can also be a complicated and stressful experience. Spouses need to hire attorneys and negotiate debt allocation, asset division, and child custody; they may even need to go to ...
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  • What Is a Divorce by Default?

    Filing for divorce can be an emotionally complicated experience for both the petitioner and the respondent. Even spouses who agree about filing for divorce may struggle with the overall emotional, legal, and financial reality. In less fortunate circumstances, petitioners may encounter hostility or resistance from spouses who refuse to accept or respond to the divorce paperwork. Without legal ...
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  • Child Custody: Determining the Best Interests of the Child

    When child custody and child support decisions are being negotiated, the court often makes its final determinations based on a child’s “best interests.” In the context of family law, this means that any decisions relating to custody, visitation, and financial support payments are made with the intention of benefitting the child first and foremost. Even if parents agree on a custody arrangement out ...
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  • Can I Violate My Own Protective Order?

    In Iowa, protective orders are issued to protect victims of violence, stalking, and domestic abuse . Every protective order includes conditions that prevent physical, sexual, and emotional violence. Petitioners and abusers are equally responsible for respecting the boundaries initiated by this court order. It’s a crime in almost every state for an abuser to violate a protective order. Iowa, ...
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  • Will a Collaborative Divorce Benefit My Children?

    To children, divorce is the end of the world. This may seem dramatic, but there is no denying that divorce changes a child’s life irrevocably. While a divorce may benefit your family in the long run, it’s important to remember what an emotionally complicated experience it can be for your child. If you have an amicable or courteous relationship with your spouse, you may want to consider a ...
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  • How To Protect the Farm in an Iowa Divorce

    Going through a divorce is difficult no matter how you look at it, but if you own a farm, the divorce process could present additional challenges and concerns. In Iowa, several families own farms either for their own personal benefit or as a way to earn a living. Typically, both spouses contribute to the family farm in one way or another, which is why it can be so hard to figure out what to do ...
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  • Do I Need an Attorney for an Adoption?

    Adoption cases can be complex, whether you’re planning on adopting from a private party or an agency. When it comes to expanding your family and adding a new little one to your home, it’s important that you make sure everything is as it should be throughout each step of the adoption process. Any missteps could lead to legal complications and delays, which could jeopardize your adoption. Plus, ...
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  • Calculating Alimony Payments in Iowa

    When you and your spouse decide to go your separate ways, finding a way to move forward financially can be extremely difficult, especially if your incomes differ significantly. One of the best ways to help compensate for such a gap in earnings after your divorce is for the higher earning spouse to compensate the other by means of alimony payments. Following a divorce or legal separation, either ...
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  • When Can I Seek a Child Custody Modification?

    Most child custody arrangements aren’t built to last, and if you’ve reached a point where your parenting plan no longer works for your family, you need to understand how to seek a modification. Whether you’ve relocated, are working new hours, or your child’s medical needs have changed, it’s understandable that these life changes might affect your custody arrangement. However, the way in which you ...
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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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