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Blog Posts in 2019

  • 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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  • How Can a Grandparent Gain Custody of a Child?

    Grandparents can be heavily involved in the life and child-rearing responsibilities of children; sometimes they even become the primary caregivers. While the majority of child custody cases are between parents, grandparents have the right to seek custody of their grandchildren as well. So, how can a grandparent gain custody of their grandchild? Is it a more difficult process than a biological ...
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  • How to Get Your Child's Passport if You Are a Single Parent

    As of 2001, the United States government requires both parent’s signatures on their child’s passport applications. This rule applies to new passports for children under the age of 14; before this rule, it was possible for only one parent to complete a passport application for their child. If you are a single parent, it is still possible for you to obtain a passport for your child. However, the ...
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  • Who Gets the Farm After Divorce?

    Farming is not only a career; it is a lifestyle. If you and your spouse put a lot of time and money into maintaining your farm and later decide to part ways, dividing your property could get messy. If a prenuptial agreement has been established, the division of property (including the farm) won’t be an issue. However, if a couple forgets to draw up a prenuptial agreement or doesn’t think they need ...
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  • Issues Regarding the Enforcement of Premarital Agreements in Iowa

    What Is a Premarital Agreement? A premarital agreement is a contract that prospective newlyweds enter into before they get married. Also known as a “prenuptial agreement” or “prenup,” premarital agreements let couples figure out issues such as the disposition of marital property during marriage and when the marriage ends due to the death of a spouse or divorce . However, premarital agreements can ...
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  • What Is the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction?

    The Hague Conference on Private International Law is an international organization compromised of several countries (82 States and the European Union). The goal of the Hague Conference is to establish workable, internationally-agreed methods of resolving legal issues between countries with various legal systems and traditions regarding matters such as court jurisdiction and the recognition and ...
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  • How Child Support Arrears Can Impact Your New Marriage

    In the United States, approximately half of all first marriages end in divorce. Sounds like a grim statistic until you learn that second and subsequent marriages have an even higher risk of divorce. But why is it that second marriages are more doomed to failure than first marriages? We don’t know all of the “reasons” based on research, however, we are confident that many couples in blended ...
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  • What Rights Does an Unmarried Father Have?

    In the 21st Century, it is not unusual for unmarried parents to have children. Perhaps these parents are divorced or have no intention of marrying because they are children of divorce. The reasons for having children out of wedlock vary and are very personal, but regardless of the reasons for having children outside of the institution of marriage, it’s frequency has raised issues in the family ...
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  • Co-Parenting During the Summer Break

    Summer is almost here, so don’t wait for its arrival before you begin planning on how you and your co-parent will share time with the children during their break. If you did not already hash out a schedule for how summers are to be spent in your parenting agreement, now is the time to handle this. Here are some tips that will help you successfully co-parent during the summer break: Get together ...
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  • Helpful Tips to Survive the Workday During a Divorce

    Divorce is an inherently emotional process. After all, the end of a marriage is a pretty big deal and, no matter how necessary it is, both parties are bound to feel a vast range of emotions, some of which might even be a little disruptive. Trying to cope with your divorce while you are work might even impact your productivity level and, while your boss might be a little understanding at this time, ...
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  • Iowa Fathers Fight for 50/50 Parenting Rights Bill

    50 50 Parenting Plan Determining child custody is one of the most contentious aspects of the divorce process. When parents can’t establish a parenting plan on their own, they can turn to the court for guidance. However, Iowa courts tend to pick one parent to be the primary custodian, which isn’t always in the child’s best interest. The purpose of a comprehensive parenting plan is to guarantee that ...
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  • 2 Misconceptions About Common Law Marriage

    Iowa is one of the few states in the country that still recognizes common law marriage. However, there are many misconceptions about this practice. For example, many couples believe they have the same rights, obligations, and responsibilities as a married couple just because they’ve lived together for seven years. In reality, there are no strict rules or guidelines when it comes to establishing a ...
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  • Marital Abandonment & Your Divorce Case

    The divorce process can be a complicated and overwhelming experience even when both spouses are present and accounted for. But what happens when one spouse completely severs ties with the family and runs away to parts unknown? This leaves the other spouse responsible for countless financial and marital obligations. Fortunately, you can still get divorced in Iowa even if your spouse has disappeared ...
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  • What Is Adult Adoption?

    Adult adoption is a wonderful way to formalize the relationship between a parent and child. Stepchildren, foster children, and even lost-lost biological children can all benefit from the adult adoption process. For example, an adult adoptee may want to initiate this legal process after reuniting and connecting with their biological father or mother. This process can be completed so long as the ...
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  • Divorce & Your Cemetery Plots

    In recent years, there has been a significant shift in how Americans conceptualize death and divorce. Instead of overlooking these uncomfortable topics, people of all ages and cultures are embracing the reality that relationships and financial circumstances inevitably change over time. This isn’t pessimism, but an acknowledgement that while it’s impossible to predict the future, you can still ...
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