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  • Adoption

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

    Articles

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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.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Child Support

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

    Divorce

    The latest posts for Divorce are listed below.
    • Is It Challenging for a Same-Sex Couple to Divorce?

      Since 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court has legally recognized same-sex marriage. As such, it also allows same-sex divorce, even if the couple was married in a different state. The same rules and requirements apply to homosexual and heterosexual divorce. Requirements to File Divorce Before a couple can file for divorce in Iowa, they must meet certain prerequisites, as listed below: Proving your ...
    • How Does Military Divorce Differ from Civilian Divorce?

      Service members have rights and obligations that differ from civilians. For this reason, there are several elements the military influences when one or both parties are servicemembers going through divorce. These elements include: where the divorce can be filed; how child or spousal support is calculated; child custody; child visitation; and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). ...
    • 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 ...

    Family Law

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

    Fathers' Rights

    The latest posts for Fathers' Rights are listed below.
    • Establishing Paternity: How to Lawfully Substantiate Fatherhood

      In the state of Iowa, when a married couple has a child, the husband is automatically presumed to be the father. His name will go on the birth certificate and no further action is needed from the couple. Unfortunately, there are no automatic protections in place for the fathers of a children born out of wedlock. Unwed partners need to take additional steps to ensure the father has legal rights to ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    International Family Law

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

    Paternity Actions

    The latest posts for Paternity Actions are listed below.
    • Establishing Paternity: How to Lawfully Substantiate Fatherhood

      In the state of Iowa, when a married couple has a child, the husband is automatically presumed to be the father. His name will go on the birth certificate and no further action is needed from the couple. Unfortunately, there are no automatic protections in place for the fathers of a children born out of wedlock. Unwed partners need to take additional steps to ensure the father has legal rights to ...
    • 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 ...

    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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