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  • Adoption

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    • How to Pursue Foster Care Adoption in Iowa

      From Temporary Housing to Forever Home Becoming an adoptive parent is a rewarding experience for the parents and child alike. By adopting through foster care, you can help a child regain a sense of stability and permanence while providing them with the caring, attentive family that they’ve been lacking. What Is Foster Care? When a family fosters a child, they provide temporary care while a social ...
    • 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 ...

    Annulment

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    • 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.
    • Is Your Co-Parent Sabotaging Your Parenting Plan?

      Co-parenting post-divorce is a tricky task. Parenting a child who splits his or her time between households can leave each parent feeling inadequate. Divorced couples have a difficult time co-parenting because the relationship with their ex isn’t the best foundation for creating a lasting agreement. Even if there is an agreed-upon parenting plan, your ex could be sabotaging your plan after an ...
    • How to Modify Your Child Custody Agreement

      Adjusting Custody to Reflect the Changes in Your Circumstances The coronavirus has turned many lives upside down, leaving several parents jobless, struggling to pay rent, and unsure of when their lives will stabilize. Even those still fortunate enough to be employed face complications in circumstance, as they could be an essential worker who faces frequent risk of infection. Being responsible for ...
    • Safely Sharing Custody During the Coronavirus Pandemic

      Flattening the Curve Two Households at a Time After a temporary drop in cases, the coronavirus is making a strong comeback, with many fearing it will only get worse as we near winter. The spike in cases will likely revive strict enforcements on social distancing and self-isolating with the goal of preventing another large spike, but what does that mean for co-parents and children who live between ...

    Child Support

    The latest posts for Child Support are listed below.
    • What Can I Do If My Ex Stops Paying Child Support?

      If you are no longer with your child’s parent and you are the primary caregiver, you should also be receiving child support from your ex. Unfortunately, if your former spouse fails to comply with the court order, this can put you in a financial predicament. Before you take the matter to court, reach out to your former spouse to discuss the matter. You may be able to negotiate a temporary ...
    • 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.
    • How Can I Get a Divorce if My Spouse is Contesting It?

      Getting a divorce from a spouse who wants to remain married or causes delays out of spite can leave you exhausted and ready to throw in the towel. Once you’ve reached the end of the long road of divorce, you may find your uncooperative spouse still wants to debate finalized details and rehash old arguments as a last-ditch effort to stop the divorce. Couples who agree to their marriage's ...
    • Where Do I File For Divorce If I Got Married Abroad?

      With the popularity of reality shows like 90 Day Fiancé, more and more Americans have friends and family who have international marriages. Foreign marriages also apply to your destination marriages. Regardless of why you happened to be married outside the country, your marriage is valid in two places. According to Iowa code 595.20 : A marriage that is solemnized in any other state, territory, ...
    • Adultery in Iowa: Does Cheating Affect Alimony?

      Marriage and divorce issues are difficult to maneuver because they are not often governed by reason but by emotion. When you enter into a marriage, it’s reasonable to expect the best possible outcome – happily ever after. However, bad things happen, and in marriage, divorce is often the final result when you can’t make a marriage work any longer. When a couple divorces, they split their assets, ...

    Family Law

    The latest posts for Family Law are listed below.
    • Your Guide to Taking a Grandparent Visitation Case to Court

      Securing Your Place in Your Grandchild’s Life Grandparents are some of many adults that children look up to for wisdom, love, and guidance as they grow. While their place is sometimes protected by a grandchild’s parents, drastic life changes – such as separation, divorce , or death of the parents – could threaten a grandparent’s place in their grandchild’s life. Luckily, should this ever happen, ...
    • What You Should Consider When Appointing a Guardian

      Guardianship is a difficult but necessary decision for parents to make. Life’s unpredictability could drastically change a family overnight. Be prepared for such an emergency by ensuring your children will be cared for by people you trust in the event that something happens to you. Consider these points when deciding who to appoint. Your Relationship with the Prospective Guardian Guardians are ...
    • Co-Parenting Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

      If you are a separated or divorced parent, you are likely already acutely familiar with the challenges of co-parenting with your ex. However, now that we are in the middle of a pandemic, raising children with your former spouse may be considerably more difficult and your children are likely picking up on the increased tension and anxiety in your family. Although everyone’s schedules may have ...

    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.
    • Where Do I File For Divorce If I Got Married Abroad?

      With the popularity of reality shows like 90 Day Fiancé, more and more Americans have friends and family who have international marriages. Foreign marriages also apply to your destination marriages. Regardless of why you happened to be married outside the country, your marriage is valid in two places. According to Iowa code 595.20 : A marriage that is solemnized in any other state, territory, ...
    • 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 ...

    Prenuptial

    The latest posts for Prenuptial are listed below.
    • How Could My Prenuptial Agreement Be Voided in Iowa?

      There was a time when people balked at the conversation of prenuptial agreements and discussions about what happens in a divorce. Past generations have viewed prenuptial agreements as depressingly unromantic tools of the wealthy that reduce marriage to more of a business relationship than a loving one. Cut to 2021, more and more couples marry later, and they are entering marriages with more assets ...

    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.
    • Do I Lose My Alimony If I Start Dating or Remarry?

      A divorce means the end of a legal and emotional relationship where you shared many things, including your assets and debts. The financial benefits of sharing resources and bills can throw many divorcing couples into a stressful budgeting tailspin. When one spouse makes more money than the other, the imbalance can leave the other party in need of financial support to maintain the lifestyle they ...
    • How Long Do I Need to Pay Alimony for?

      Understanding Your Financial Obligation to Your Ex Iowa typically treats spousal support as a rehabilitative tool for spouses who earn significantly less than their partners. By awarding alimony, courts give these spouses with lower earning potential a chance to stay afloat while getting the education or training necessary to become self-sufficient. The duration of this financial award will vary ...
    • 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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