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  • Adoption

    The latest posts for Adoption are listed below.
    • Do Birth Parents Need to Consent to the Adoption of Their Child?

      In many adoption cases, a child is adopted because the adoptive parents are determined as better caregivers than the birth parents. For a child to enter the adoption process, the birth parents must consent to their child being adopted and relinquish their parental rights. Through doing this, the birth parents acknowledge that they cannot care for the child in full capacity and want a more suitable ...
    • Creating a Special Valentine’s Day for Your Adopted Child

      Expanding your family through adoption is a wonderful way to not only brighten your life but brighten the life of a child in need of a home. If this Valentine’s Day is the first you will share with your adopted child, you may be looking to make it particularly special. Here are a few ways to create a holiday your child won’t soon forget! 1.Create New Traditions If your family has certain holiday ...
    • 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 ...

    Annulment

    The latest posts for Annulment are listed below.
    • Marriage Annulment vs. Divorce

      When terminating a marriage, couples have two options: Divorce and annulment . Although the outcome of both of these legal motions is the uncoupling of a married pair, they are each appropriate in different situations and involve different processes. The main difference between annulment and divorce is that annulment acknowledges that the marriage was never valid, and must be terminated on the ...

    Articles

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    • 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 ...
    • KANYE WEST AIN'T NO PUNK HOLLAS WE WANT PRENUP

      Kanye West and Kim Kardashian to enter prenuptial agreement October 31st, 2013 Kanye West once so elegantly stated , "If you ain't no punk, holla we want prenup." Well, Kanye, almost ten years later you get the chance to show the world you "ain't no punk." A prenuptial agreement is a legal contract that the husband and wife enter into before they get married that determines how much each party ...
    • IOWA COURT OF APPEALS ISSUES NEW DIVORCE RULINGS

      Iowa Court of Appeals Issues New Divorce Rulings August 21st, 2013 Iowa Court of Appeals Releases August 7, 2013 Rulings In Re the Marriage of Mulder The parties had two children, ages thirteen and fifteen. In addition they had considerable equity in their marital home. The court awarded the marital home to the mother, and ordered that she provide half of the net equity in the property to the ...

    Child Custody

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

      How Military Service Affects Custody Arrangements If you’re in the midst of a divorce , you might be wondering how your military status will affect child custody arrangements. Though you may be deployed or relocated in the future, you are still entitled to the same custody rights as the child’s civilian parent. The Department of Defense’s USA4 Military Families Initiative is in place to ensure ...
    • Do Birth Parents Need to Consent to the Adoption of Their Child?

      In many adoption cases, a child is adopted because the adoptive parents are determined as better caregivers than the birth parents. For a child to enter the adoption process, the birth parents must consent to their child being adopted and relinquish their parental rights. Through doing this, the birth parents acknowledge that they cannot care for the child in full capacity and want a more suitable ...
    • 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 ...

    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.
    • Coronavirus - Iowa Divorce Updates

      The Iowa Judicial Branch and Governor Reynolds have implemented several new guidelines governing court timelines, procedures and notarization requirements for Iowa divorce cases. Iowa Divorce Trials and Hearings Currently all civil bench trials and other hearings set to commence before May 4 shall be either continued to a date no earlier than May 4 or conducted by telephone, at the discretion of ...
    • The Benefits of a Collaborative Divorce

      If you and your spouse are planning to get divorced, you may be wondering if your only option is to go through the litigation process. There are actually many ways to dissolve a marriage that will not land the two of you in court before a judge. One such method is known as collaborative divorce. If you have children, staying out of court and avoiding an inherently hostile process may be ...
    • Should I Get a Prenup?

      A prenuptial agreement is a contract that two soon-to-be spouses sign before getting married. The contract generally contains information about how the couple’s shared property and debts will be divided in the event of a divorce . Though pop culture has made the prenup out to be something only for the very wealthy, prenuptial agreements can benefit people from all walks of life and with all ...

    Family Law

    The latest posts for Family Law are listed below.
    • Can I Modify Spousal Support?

      Our financial circumstances change as the years pass and the spousal support order that was once suitable for you and your former spouse may no longer work. If you need to modify your spousal support order, you can petition the court to have it reduced or increased, depending on the situation. Before you take the matter to court, however, consider discussing it with your former spouse. Hashing out ...
    • Coronavirus - Iowa Divorce Updates

      The Iowa Judicial Branch and Governor Reynolds have implemented several new guidelines governing court timelines, procedures and notarization requirements for Iowa divorce cases. Iowa Divorce Trials and Hearings Currently all civil bench trials and other hearings set to commence before May 4 shall be either continued to a date no earlier than May 4 or conducted by telephone, at the discretion of ...
    • The Benefits of a Collaborative Divorce

      If you and your spouse are planning to get divorced, you may be wondering if your only option is to go through the litigation process. There are actually many ways to dissolve a marriage that will not land the two of you in court before a judge. One such method is known as collaborative divorce. If you have children, staying out of court and avoiding an inherently hostile process may be ...

    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, ...

    Spousal Support

    The latest posts for Spousal Support are listed below.
    • Can I Modify Spousal Support?

      Our financial circumstances change as the years pass and the spousal support order that was once suitable for you and your former spouse may no longer work. If you need to modify your spousal support order, you can petition the court to have it reduced or increased, depending on the situation. Before you take the matter to court, however, consider discussing it with your former spouse. Hashing out ...
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