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Blog Posts in 2023

  • Types of Alimony in an Iowa Divorce

    Divorce is a difficult process for all parties, and it often requires working with attorneys to create a settlement that works for everyone. Alimony, or spousal support, is an important aspect of any divorce. This is a court order where one spouse makes regular payments to the other after the marriage ends. If you believe you will need financial aid after a divorce, you should learn about the ...
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  • The 7 Steps in an Iowa Divorce

    1. Meet with an Attorney When facing a divorce, having the right support and guidance is crucial. A qualified attorney can help protect your rights and interests throughout the process. Before meeting with an attorney, gather all relevant documents, such as financial statements, tax returns, and prenuptial agreements. During the consultation, be prepared to share your concerns and goals for the ...
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  • How Can I Protect My Collectibles in a Divorce?

    Difficulties often accompany a divorce, especially when it comes to your property. You must balance dividing assets with your need to protect personal, sentimental items. For many, those items include personal collections they accumulated over the years. Many modern adults have scores of vinyl records, comic books, high-quality action figures, and so on. These items certainly hold financial value, ...
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  • When Should I Consider Pursuing a Divorce?

    Deciding to pursue a divorce is a deeply personal and often challenging decision. It is essential to carefully evaluate your circumstances and seek guidance to ensure you make an informed choice. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the key factors to consider when determining if it is the right time to pursue a divorce. 1. Lack of Communication and Emotional Disconnect Effective ...
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  • The Complications of a Military Divorce in Iowa

    Ending a marriage is never easy, but when one of the spouses is currently active-duty military or in the reserves, the situation becomes even more complex. These added dynamics can make a divorce even more difficult and confusing. This post article provides some helpful insight into understanding military divorce, focusing on the laws in Iowa. This information can help prepare you for what’s to ...
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  • Navigating a High-Conflict Divorce That Involves Children

    Going through a high-conflict divorce is difficult enough, but when children are involved, the situation can be even more complicated and draining. All too often, divorcing parents are unable to agree on what is best for their kids, leading to long, drawn-out disputes. If you are in this situation, you are probably feeling overwhelmed. Fortunately, there is hope. Many available resources can help ...
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  • How to be Financially Prepared for Divorce

    Divorce is a challenging and emotionally draining process, and it can take a toll on your financial well-being if you're not adequately prepared. To ensure you navigate the financial aspects of divorce with confidence and minimize any potential setbacks, it's crucial to be financially prepared. In this blog post, we'll provide you with practical tips and strategies to safeguard your financial ...
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  • Which Protections Do Restraining Orders Provide in Iowa?

    Many of us generally know what a restraining order is. Civil courts issue them, legally forbidding contact between two people. Restraining orders are powerful tools for protecting victims of abuse. If you need protection from someone, you are probably wondering what, exactly, a restraining order will do for you. In this article, we will take a broad look at the protections you could receive from a ...
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  • The Cost of a Divorce: Exploring Your Options

    Everyone knows divorce is a difficult time. It puts you on an emotional rollercoaster. If that’s not enough, there are also many practical decisions to make and legal hurdles to jump. Ultimately, you must spend some money to finalize your divorce, but you don’t have to break the bank. Here are the various approaches to a divorce along with what you can expect to pay for each. The Cost of Doing It ...
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  • What Makes a Parent Legally Unfit in Iowa?

    If you are a single parent, you may have concerns about leaving your child with their other parent. Sometimes, these concerns spring from simple disagreements about parenting. You may have concerns about the other parent’s entertainment choices, what they feed the kids, and so on. Other times, you may be worried that the child is in danger with the other parent. In this article, we explore the ...
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  • Child Custody and Support in Military Divorce: Iowa's Guidelines

    Divorce is a challenging process for any couple, but it can be even more complex when one or both spouses are members of the military. In such cases, child custody and support matters can become particularly intricate due to the unique circumstances and lifestyle associated with military service. Understanding how child custody and support are handled in military divorces is crucial for service ...
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  • Protecting Your Home in an Iowa Divorce

    Divorce is never an easy process, but it can be particularly difficult when spouses share assets. Spouses can be particularly, understandably concerned about their real estate investments. Many don’t see the family home as a financial asset. Instead, they are emotionally tethered to it. If you are concerned about keeping your house in a divorce, here are some steps you can take. They could help ...
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  • Modifying Child Support: How to Request Changes to Your Current Order

    Child support orders are designed to ensure that both parents contribute to the financial needs of their children. However, circumstances can change, and you may find that your current child support order no longer reflects your family's needs. If you're considering requesting a modification to your child support order, this step-by-step guide can help you navigate the process and ensure that your ...
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  • How Does Iowa Handle Property Division in a Divorce?

    Each state has its own rules on how to divide marital assets. Generally, they use one of two systems: equitable property division or community property division. In this article, we focus specifically on Iowa’s approach to dividing assets in a divorce. If you are an Iowa resident preparing to end your marriage, this information will help you understand what to expect. Equitable Distribution vs. ...
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  • Adopting a Child Who Is a Citizen of Another Country

    In our modern world, the word “family” has taken many new definitions. There are more possibilities for what makes someone your family than ever before. These days, it’s more common to see scenarios that were unheard of before. For instance, life could put you in a position where you need to adopt a child who is not a U.S. citizen. Perhaps you fell in love with their parent, and want to officially ...
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