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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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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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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 ...
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  • How Does Remarriage Affect Spousal Support?

    Spousal support, also referred to as alimony, is the financial payments one spouse makes to the other either during or after a divorce. The court can award a few different types of alimony depending on your situation. These are: periodic: paid until the death of the payor or the receiver passes or remarries; reimbursement: repayment to a spouse who helped with their partner’s educational expenses; ...
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  • What Is an Uncontested Divorce?

    An uncontested divorce is one in which both parties agree on all issues. There is no expedited process for uncontested divorce, but it will generally move through the court system more quickly than if the parties do not agree on the issues. Uncontested Divorce Eligibility Couples with no disagreements are generally the people who file for an uncontested divorce. Common issues couples need to agree ...
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  • Is It Challenging for a Same-Sex Couple to Divorce?

    Since 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court has legally recognized same-sex marriage. As such, it also allows same-sex divorce, even if the couple was married in a different state. The same rules and requirements apply to homosexual and heterosexual divorce. Requirements to File Divorce Before a couple can file for divorce in Iowa, they must meet certain prerequisites, as listed below: Proving your ...
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  • How Does Military Divorce Differ from Civilian Divorce?

    Service members have rights and obligations that differ from civilians. For this reason, there are several elements the military influences when one or both parties are servicemembers going through divorce. These elements include: where the divorce can be filed; how child or spousal support is calculated; child custody; child visitation; and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). ...
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  • Who Gets the Farm After Divorce?

    Farming is not only a career; it is a lifestyle. If you and your spouse put a lot of time and money into maintaining your farm and later decide to part ways, dividing your property could get messy. If a prenuptial agreement has been established, the division of property (including the farm) won’t be an issue. However, if a couple forgets to draw up a prenuptial agreement or doesn’t think they need ...
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  • Issues Regarding the Enforcement of Premarital Agreements in Iowa

    What Is a Premarital Agreement? A premarital agreement is a contract that prospective newlyweds enter into before they get married. Also known as a “prenuptial agreement” or “prenup,” premarital agreements let couples figure out issues such as the disposition of marital property during marriage and when the marriage ends due to the death of a spouse or divorce . However, premarital agreements can ...
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  • Helpful Tips to Survive the Workday During a Divorce

    Divorce is an inherently emotional process. After all, the end of a marriage is a pretty big deal and, no matter how necessary it is, both parties are bound to feel a vast range of emotions, some of which might even be a little disruptive. Trying to cope with your divorce while you are work might even impact your productivity level and, while your boss might be a little understanding at this time, ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 2 Misconceptions About Common Law Marriage

    Iowa is one of the few states in the country that still recognizes common law marriage. However, there are many misconceptions about this practice. For example, many couples believe they have the same rights, obligations, and responsibilities as a married couple just because they’ve lived together for seven years. In reality, there are no strict rules or guidelines when it comes to establishing a ...
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  • Marital Abandonment & Your Divorce Case

    Abandonment Laws in Iowa The divorce process can be a complicated and overwhelming experience even when both spouses are present and accounted for. But what happens when one spouse completely severs ties with the family and runs away to parts unknown? This leaves the other spouse responsible for countless financial and marital obligations. Fortunately, you can still get divorced in Iowa even if ...
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  • Divorce & Your Cemetery Plots

    In recent years, there has been a significant shift in how Americans conceptualize death and divorce. Instead of overlooking these uncomfortable topics, people of all ages and cultures are embracing the reality that relationships and financial circumstances inevitably change over time. This isn’t pessimism, but an acknowledgement that while it’s impossible to predict the future, you can still ...
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  • Child Custody FAQs

    Every client that walks through our doors has unique personal circumstances and legal goals they want to achieve. Even so, there is one subject that can turn any divorce case into a drawn-out, costly, and high-conflict affair: child custody. Many divorcing parents turn to us because they have countless questions and concerns about the legalities and regulations surrounding child custody ...
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  • Managing the Emotional Trials of Visitation

    Part of your post-divorce life is learning how to share custody with your former spouse. While it’s difficult to watch your children drive away with your ex, you need to learn how to rationalize, accept, and proactively manage your visitation blues. Your Feelings Are Normal Sometimes “out of sight” does not mean “out of mind.” It’s normal to feel a little lost when your children are spending time ...
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  • 3 Gift-Giving Tips for Divorced Parents

    The winter season plays host to numerous cultural and religious holidays that celebrate the concepts of “family” and “togetherness.” Many recently divorced parents paste on bright smiles, whip out their credit cards, and struggle to make this season a special experience for their children. What they don’t realize is that their children can’t wait for December to be over. The Gift-Giving ...
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