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  • Adoption

    The latest posts for Adoption are listed below.
    • Same-Sex Couples and the Birth of a New Baby

      It’s been almost a decade since the Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage should be recognized across. The country. Still, for many, the laws on the topic can feel “new.” There is still much vagueness and confusion about what, exactly your rights are. This can be especially true for same-sex parents. Many laws are still steeped in traditional, heterosexual marriages, and it’s taking time for ...
    • 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 ...

    Annulment

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    • Am I Able to Annul My Marriage?

      There are many ways to end a marriage. You can get divorced, file for separation, or have the marriage annulled. Each option has its benefits and drawbacks. None of these options are, however, equal in their outcomes. For instance, both a divorce and an annulment end a marriage, but a separation keeps the marriage legal and official. This fact raises a question: If you want to end your marriage, ...
    • Is it Difficult to Get an Annulment in Iowa?

      Is it Difficult to Get an Annulment in Iowa? Annulments are not as commonplace as you’d think, but that’s not because they are difficult to obtain as much as because they are specific in their usage. For those who qualify for an annulment, the process is not complicated. Once you’ve completed the petition and it’s verified that it meets the requirements and grounds for an annulment, a judge can ...
    • 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.
    • What if My Child's Co-parent Refuses to Follow the Parenting Plan?

      Everyone knows that working with other people can be difficult, especially with the other person doesn’t meet their obligations. Bosses, coworkers, and other professionals can slow down progress. This problem is amplified when it involves your personal life. As a divorced parent, you must rely on your co-parent to obey the parenting plan, but some people simply won’t comply. This can include ...
    • Same-Sex Couples and the Birth of a New Baby

      It’s been almost a decade since the Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage should be recognized across. The country. Still, for many, the laws on the topic can feel “new.” There is still much vagueness and confusion about what, exactly your rights are. This can be especially true for same-sex parents. Many laws are still steeped in traditional, heterosexual marriages, and it’s taking time for ...
    • Understanding How an Iowa Child Custody Judgement is Ordered

      Understanding How an Iowa Child Custody Judgement is Ordered Child custody can be one of the thornier issues in a divorce negotiation. When a couple splits and they have minor children, issues of visitation and custody will be primary. If couples can work together to reach an agreement without the need for intervention from the legal system, the process will move faster and come to an easier ...

    Child Support

    The latest posts for Child Support are listed below.
    • When Does Child Support End in Iowa?

      Although both parents are responsible for supporting their child(ren) after a divorce , the noncustodial parent is ordered to pay child support to the custodial parent in order to provide care, shelter, food, and other resources for each child. However, making these monthly payments for many years to come can be financially daunting, which is why parents going through divorce wonder when will ...
    • Divorce When You're the Financially Dependent Spouse

      When your marriage ends, it can be devastating. If you are financially dependent on your spouse and you’ve never had a job outside the home, it can financially devastating and frightening. You don’t have to be a stay-at-home spouse; you can also be the spouse who makes significantly less money. Regardless of the circumstance that make you financially dependent on your spouse, it can be scary when ...
    • 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 ...

    Conservatorship

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    • Guardianship Options in Iowa

      There are many reasons to take guardianship over someone. They may be a minor with no one else to look after them. Perhaps they are an adult who has become incapacitated. Gaining guardianship can be a complicated process. First off, you must know exactly what type of guardianship you are seeking. There are several different forms, and choosing the correct one can be difficult. Here is a broad ...

    Divorce

    The latest posts for Divorce are listed below.
    • What if My Child's Co-parent Refuses to Follow the Parenting Plan?

      Everyone knows that working with other people can be difficult, especially with the other person doesn’t meet their obligations. Bosses, coworkers, and other professionals can slow down progress. This problem is amplified when it involves your personal life. As a divorced parent, you must rely on your co-parent to obey the parenting plan, but some people simply won’t comply. This can include ...
    • Different Types of Restraining Orders in Iowa

      Restraining orders go by many names. Some call them “protective orders,” and others call them “orders of protection.” There are several ways to combine the terms, but the orders themselves all serve the purpose. Retraining orders help expedite justice for people who have been victimized. If, for instance, someone is threatening you, you can accuse them of assault. After that, their case churns ...
    • Can Domestic Abuse Change a Divorce Court's Rulings?

      If you are experiencing domestic violence, you need to seek help immediately. Get to a safe place and call the police. If the threat is imminent, they may be able to help you secure an emergency protective order. This will give you time to prepare for a longer-lasting order later. If the abuse is coming from a spouse, you also need to talk to an attorney and begin filing for divorce. You can view ...

    Domestic Violence

    The latest posts for Domestic Violence are listed below.
    • Can Domestic Abuse Change a Divorce Court's Rulings?

      If you are experiencing domestic violence, you need to seek help immediately. Get to a safe place and call the police. If the threat is imminent, they may be able to help you secure an emergency protective order. This will give you time to prepare for a longer-lasting order later. If the abuse is coming from a spouse, you also need to talk to an attorney and begin filing for divorce. You can view ...
    • 3 Types of Domestic Violence Restraining Orders in IA

      In Iowa, domestic violence occurs when someone commits assault against another person whom he/she has a specific relationship with, such as a current or former spouse, a current or former romantic partner, an individual who shares a child with an abuser, or a family or household member. Common examples of domestic abuse include: Causing injury or pain Insulting or offensive touching Placing ...

    Family Law

    The latest posts for Family Law are listed below.
    • What if My Child's Co-parent Refuses to Follow the Parenting Plan?

      Everyone knows that working with other people can be difficult, especially with the other person doesn’t meet their obligations. Bosses, coworkers, and other professionals can slow down progress. This problem is amplified when it involves your personal life. As a divorced parent, you must rely on your co-parent to obey the parenting plan, but some people simply won’t comply. This can include ...
    • Same-Sex Couples and the Birth of a New Baby

      It’s been almost a decade since the Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage should be recognized across. The country. Still, for many, the laws on the topic can feel “new.” There is still much vagueness and confusion about what, exactly your rights are. This can be especially true for same-sex parents. Many laws are still steeped in traditional, heterosexual marriages, and it’s taking time for ...
    • The Complications of an Agricultural Divorce

      All divorces are complicated and require many decisions. Depending on your profession, those complications can multiply. For farm owners, those complications can go even further. Untangling the commingled property is the biggest issue in an agricultural divorce. Your farm may have been in your family for generations, but if your spouse contributed to its worth and welfare, they may be entitled to ...

    Fathers' Rights

    The latest posts for Fathers' Rights are listed below.
    • Same-Sex Couples and the Birth of a New Baby

      It’s been almost a decade since the Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage should be recognized across. The country. Still, for many, the laws on the topic can feel “new.” There is still much vagueness and confusion about what, exactly your rights are. This can be especially true for same-sex parents. Many laws are still steeped in traditional, heterosexual marriages, and it’s taking time for ...
    • 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 ...

    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.
    • 3 Reasons to Change Your Prenuptial Agreement

      Many people use prenuptial contracts for financial purposes. They can clearly define their marital and separate property; they can restrict certain finances to just one spouse, they can make a financial plan in case of divorce; and so on. Some people also use marital agreements to dictate rules within the marriage. They can, for instance, make decisions about which spouse will handle which ...
    • Prenuptial Agreements for Middle-Class Americans

      People often assume prenuptial agreements are for the ultra-rich, and these contracts do not apply to them. Without question, people of substantial means use these agreements to protect their wealth. However, anyone from any social class can benefit from a prenup. Here are some ways a prenuptial contract can benefit your marriage, even if you have an average income. Prenups Can Determine the Rules ...
    • How Can I Avoid a Challenge to My Prenuptial Agreement?

      Prenuptial agreements are not always enforceable, but that doesn’t mean you should enter into an agreement assuming you can break it. While a prenup can be strong and well-drafted, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be challenged in court. The law is straightforward regarding prenuptial agreements. The law is written to protect both spouses, and if a prenuptial agreement is determined by a judge to be ...

    Protective Orders

    The latest posts for Protective Orders are listed below.
    • Different Types of Restraining Orders in Iowa

      Restraining orders go by many names. Some call them “protective orders,” and others call them “orders of protection.” There are several ways to combine the terms, but the orders themselves all serve the purpose. Retraining orders help expedite justice for people who have been victimized. If, for instance, someone is threatening you, you can accuse them of assault. After that, their case churns ...
    • 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.
    • Will Cheating Impact My Alimony Request?

      Once a divorce is on the table, it’s not uncommon for emotions to run high and to the left. Marriage is a legally binding contract, but it’s also about love and emotion. It’s difficult for many couples to get through the rational and cerebral part of the divorce because the emotional part becomes all-consuming. No one gets married planning for their divorce, and yet, divorce happens often. When a ...
    • How is Alimony Determined in Iowa?

      Alimony, also referred to as spousal support or maintenance, provides individual financial support during separation and divorce. The support comes from the higher-earning spouse in the relationship. The court orders alimony to be paid using a court order, which makes the debt a legal obligation. When a party fails to comply with a court-ordered support award, they face garnishment, tax refund ...
    • Divorce When You're the Financially Dependent Spouse

      When your marriage ends, it can be devastating. If you are financially dependent on your spouse and you’ve never had a job outside the home, it can financially devastating and frightening. You don’t have to be a stay-at-home spouse; you can also be the spouse who makes significantly less money. Regardless of the circumstance that make you financially dependent on your spouse, it can be scary when ...
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