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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 Are Temporary Child Custody Orders?

      During the divorce process, parents need to work together to establish an equitable child custody agreement that reflects the best interests of their child. If they can’t come to a unanimous agreement, it’s the court’s responsibility to establish a fair and comprehensive parenting plan on their behalf. But child custody determinations are only one part of a larger marital settlement agreement that ...
    • Why You Shouldn’t Stay Together for the Kids

      Filing for divorce is a big decision that no couple chances lightly. After all, for better and worse, the transition from marriage to singlehood ultimately affects every aspect of a person’s life. Divorce, in and of itself, can also be a complicated and stressful experience. Spouses need to hire attorneys and negotiate debt allocation, asset division, and child custody; they may even need to go to ...
    • 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 ...

    Divorce

    The latest posts for Divorce are listed below.
    • Understanding Student Loans & the Debt Distribution Process

      Nearly 45 million people in America are frantically struggling to pay off their student loan debts. Statistically, this means that at least 24% of the country is currently participating in a college debt repayment plan. With citizens collectively owing over $1.5 trillion, it’s no wonder that many desperate people just give up and allow these debts to default. But what happens to a spouse’s student ...
    • Finalizing Your Divorce? Who Gets the Timeshare?

      The best part of the vacation experience is escaping the stress and trials of everyday life. Many married couples fall in love with this feeling and make the emotional and impulsive decision to purchase a timeshare. After all, why not make a vacation paradise your actual home away from home? A timeshare is a property that is owned by multiple parties who get to utilize it on scheduled weeks ...
    • What Are Temporary Child Custody Orders?

      During the divorce process, parents need to work together to establish an equitable child custody agreement that reflects the best interests of their child. If they can’t come to a unanimous agreement, it’s the court’s responsibility to establish a fair and comprehensive parenting plan on their behalf. But child custody determinations are only one part of a larger marital settlement agreement that ...

    Family Law

    The latest posts for Family Law are listed below.
    • Understanding Student Loans & the Debt Distribution Process

      Nearly 45 million people in America are frantically struggling to pay off their student loan debts. Statistically, this means that at least 24% of the country is currently participating in a college debt repayment plan. With citizens collectively owing over $1.5 trillion, it’s no wonder that many desperate people just give up and allow these debts to default. But what happens to a spouse’s student ...
    • Finalizing Your Divorce? Who Gets the Timeshare?

      The best part of the vacation experience is escaping the stress and trials of everyday life. Many married couples fall in love with this feeling and make the emotional and impulsive decision to purchase a timeshare. After all, why not make a vacation paradise your actual home away from home? A timeshare is a property that is owned by multiple parties who get to utilize it on scheduled weeks ...
    • What Are Temporary Child Custody Orders?

      During the divorce process, parents need to work together to establish an equitable child custody agreement that reflects the best interests of their child. If they can’t come to a unanimous agreement, it’s the court’s responsibility to establish a fair and comprehensive parenting plan on their behalf. But child custody determinations are only one part of a larger marital settlement agreement that ...

    Fathers' Rights

    The latest posts for Fathers' Rights are listed below.
    • What Are Temporary Child Custody Orders?

      During the divorce process, parents need to work together to establish an equitable child custody agreement that reflects the best interests of their child. If they can’t come to a unanimous agreement, it’s the court’s responsibility to establish a fair and comprehensive parenting plan on their behalf. But child custody determinations are only one part of a larger marital settlement agreement that ...
    • 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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