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  • Why Should Fathers Secure Their Parental Rights?

    Being a biological father doesn’t necessarily mean you are a legal father. The government requires you to officially declare our parenthood. You can do this by signing the birth certificate or filing paperwork later. The legal term for fatherhood is “paternity.” If you wait too long, or if you discover a child later in life, you must officially declare your fatherhood. You may need to go through ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Should You Date Before a Divorce is Final?

    The Negative Effects of Starting a New Relationship During a Divorce Since divorce can be emotionally draining and nerve-wracking, some people cannot wait for the marriage to be over and move on with their lives. In fact, some are ready to start dating once again as soon as possible, even while their divorce proceedings are going on. However, is dating during a divorce a wise decision? Could Lead ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Can I Lose My Inheritance in a Divorce?

    Divorce is an incredibly stressful experience. On one hand, it can bring about severe emotional distress, leading people into deep mental health woes for which they need treatment. On another hand, it carries many practice concerns, often revolving around money and property. It’s often confusing, trying to decipher which property you can keep and which you will lose. Some property is very ...
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  • Divorce Mediation vs Collaborative Divorce

    There are two main alternatives to a court-litigated divorce: divorce mediation and collaborative divorce . Both methods share the goal of keeping the divorcing couple out of the courtroom, which ultimately makes the divorce cheaper, faster, and mutually beneficial to both parties. However, there are many differences between mediation and collaborative divorce. The following is an overview of both ...
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  • 5 Benefits of Divorce Mediation

    Most people believe divorce is a hotly contested legal battle that costs tens of thousands of dollars and takes years to finalize. However, many couples can resolve their differences through “divorce mediation” and avoid a heated dispute in court. Mediation involves a neutral third party—known as the “mediator”—who facilitates meetings between the couples to ensure they reach their own agreement. ...
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  • What are the Benefits of an Uncontested Divorce?

    What are the Benefits of an Uncontested Divorce? An uncontested divorce provides couples with an amicable way to end their marriage without the conflict and animosity of a traditionally litigated divorce. No one gets married waiting for the day it will end in divorce. A marriage usually ends in a more gradual and subtle manner. The process to end a marriage is straightforward, but it’s not always ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • What to Do if Your Spouse is Sabotaging Your Divorce

    If you’ve filed for divorce and your partner feels caught off guard, you could find your divorce is taking longer than you expect as they drag their feet. It’s easy for emotions to take over, and before you know it, your divorce has gotten out of control. Because divorce is an emotional process, human feelings have to be taken into account when filing orders, negotiating, and creating agreements ...
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  • The Importance of Proposing a Prenup if You've been Divorced

    Second and any subsequent marriages can sometimes bring special issues that aren’t relevant to first marriages. Merging two independent families with children or with family assets, it can make a prenup non-negotiable. Children from a previous marriage, regardless of age, demand legal protections if any assets are planned to be passed to them upon the death of their biological parent. It should be ...
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  • What Should I Do If My Co-Parent Doesn't Want to Give Our Kids the Vaccine?

    The Covid vaccine is not as new as it was, but it’s reintroduced an old argument for many co-parents. Vaccinations aren’t yet mandatory for children, but many parents are hoping these medical therapies will be the solution to get their children’s school lives back to normal. Vaccination decisions have been a hot topic in our national conversation, but for many parents, it’s becoming an explosive ...
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  • Equitable Property Division and What it Means for Your Iowa Divorce

    Custody agreements, property division, and the allocation of debts and assets are stressful periods of any divorce proceeding. Working with your attorney to be prepared is a must. Iowa, unlike other states, practices an equitable property division policy. This means that marital property will not be divided 50/50, but in a fair way that considers all parties. All property acquired during the ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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, ...
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  • 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, ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Wasteful Dissipation in a Divorce

    Wasteful dissipation can have a profound impact on a divorce. If your spouse failed to protect certain marital assets or wasted marital assets in anticipation of the divorce, these acts may be considered wasteful dissipation. That said, such cases can be challenging to prove in court, so it is essential to hire an experienced attorney to handle your case. Continue reading to learn more about ...
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  • The Challenges of a High Asset Divorce

    Every divorce presents unique challenges, but for those with substantial assets, the obstacles are often greater and far more complex. To ensure you receive your rightful share of marital property and assets, it is crucial to hire an attorney with extensive experience in handling such cases, so you can avoid making costly mistakes that may impact your future for years to come. Why Are High Net ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • The Importance of Creating Consistent Routines for Your Kids After Divorce

    After a divorce, life can feel uncertain and unpredictable for your children, resulting in anxiety and stress. To ease their apprehensions in the aftermath of your split, it is crucial to create a set of consistent rules and routines across both households to make visitation less jarring. Fostering stability in their lives will help them feel safe, secure, and instill healthy habits. To get ...
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  • What Should I Include in My Prenuptial Agreement?

    If you are planning to get married and agreed to create a prenuptial agreement with your fiancé, you might have some questions about what to include in this essential legal document. After all, your prenuptial agreement will only be as effective as you make it. Continue reading to find out what you should consider including in your prenuptial agreement. Creating an Effective Prenuptial Agreement ...
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  • 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 ...
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