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    • FATHER DEEMED UNFIT FOR REFUSING CHILD MCDONALD'S

      New York Man Refuses to Cave into Child's Demands Resulting in Child Psychologist Finding Him Unfit November 13th, 2013 A New York man was recently deemed unfit by his child's psychologist for denying his son McDonald's. The father had a normal weeknight visitation with his son and the son demanded that they go to McDonald's. The son's father told him that they could go anyplace besides McDonald's ...
    • WHO GETS THE DOG IN IOWA DIVORCE?

      Iowa law treats dogs as personal property often leaving divorce litigants without judicial remedy November 5th, 2013 One of the most frequent inquries we receive has to do with who gets to keep the dog(s) or pet(s) in an Iowa divorce. While you may treat your dogs as children, the Iowa courts treat them as personal property. When faced with the issue the Iowa Court of Appeals stated, "[a] dog is ...
    • IOWA SAME SEX DIVORCES: SOMETIMES LEGALLY IT IS REALLY "TILL DEATH DO YOU PART"

      Out of State Gay Couples Wed in Iowa Having Trouble Getting Divorced November 1st, 2013 On April 3, 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a momentous ruling in Varnum v. Brien, 763 N.W.2d 862 (Iowa 2009), which held the state's limitation of marriage to opposite-sex couples violated the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution. The Court affirmed the right of same-sex couples to marry in ...

    Child Custody

    The latest posts for Child Custody are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Divorce

    The latest posts for Divorce are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Family Law

    The latest posts for Family Law are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Fathers' Rights

    The latest posts for Fathers' Rights are listed below.
    • 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 ...

    Protective Orders

    The latest posts for Protective Orders are listed below.
    • 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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