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  • What Are the Penalties for Hiding Assets in a Divorce?

    When you file for divorce, one of the first big tasks you’ll need to tackle is the financial affidavit. The financial affidavit is a legal document that each spouse presents to the court before they begin their divorce. This document is legally binding, and, whether you file for a contested or uncontested divorce, it must be presented in full with no financial documents or assets omitted. If you ...
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  • How Do I Tell People I Am Getting Divorced?

    One of the most challenging aspects of divorce is how it affects your entire social life. Many people in your social circle will need to be notified of your divorce and this announcement will need to come from you and your ex, as opposed to elsewhere. Telling people you are getting divorced can be incredibly difficult to overcome, as it stands to only make the situation more real. It will also be ...
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  • Does Infidelity Affect Divorce in Iowa?

    Many marriages end as a result of infidelity on either party’s side--sometimes even both. Infidelity makes the divorce process often more complicated and contentious, but many people fail to realize it has no real legal bearing on divorce, at least in the state of Iowa. While the state of a marriage is forever altered when one party is discovered to have cheated or consistently be cheating, the ...
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  • Preparing for Divorce: What You Can Expect

    Coming to the decision to divorce is emotionally challenging. The road ahead to a finalized divorce can be just as difficult if you do not know what to expect. In order to make things easier and perhaps less intimidating for our potential clients, our Des Moines divorce lawyers of The Law Offices of Mark. R. Hinshaw have prepared a quick rundown of Iowa divorce procedures you are going to want to ...
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  • Uncontested Divorce vs. Contested Divorce

    Divorce can be settled in one of two ways: either contested or uncontested. Contested divorce is often a more popular journey for most couples to take, as those divorcing are rarely able to agree on the issues in their marriage. This means important issues such as child custody, child support, visitation, property division, the allocation of debts, and more are at the mercy of the courts, in which ...
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  • Life After Divorce

    The lead-up to divorce is often one of the most discussed parts of family law, in both the legal and public sense. The overall process is very heavily deliberated as well, though people very rarely discuss the aftermath of divorce as often as they should. This is unfortunate, as life after divorce is often incomparably difficult compared to anything you may have endured before. The question is, ...
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  • Are Same-Sex Divorce Proceedings Different?

    Same-sex marriage rights are a victory for countless couples across the nation, as they have been since the year 2009. Because the legalization of same-sex marriage is less than 10 years old, many LGBTQ couples wonder whether their rights are the same across the board. Unfortunately, divorce does not discriminate--nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce. In the event of a divorce, same-sex couples ...
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  • Who Gets to Keep the Pets in a Divorce?

    Children aren’t the only ones who can get caught up in a divorced couple’s custody dispute. In fact, fights over who will get to keep the family pets can be equally contentious. Research has shown that roughly 50% of marriages end in divorce and that 62% of American homes have at least one pet in them. It’s easy to see that many of these divorced couples are likely to own a pet. But what happens ...
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  • Service Member Divorce: What You Need to Know

    When a service member gets divorced , unique issues arise that would not occur during a civilian divorce . This is why it is important to understand the complexities of a military divorce. The more you know, the more smoothly your divorce will go. Below, we explain how military divorce is different from a traditional divorce. Does it Matter What State I File for Divorce In? Typically, the person ...
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  • What Happens to Debt After Divorce?

    One of the parts of the divorce process that can take a long time to resolve is property division . Most people think of property division as the “who gets what” portion of the divorce process; however, not many people realize both assets and debts are divided between the spouses in a divorce. A married couple can accrue a lot of debt during the course of the marriage, particularly if one spouse ...
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  • Should I Keep or Sell the Family Home in a Divorce?

    Deciding what to do with the family home during a divorce can become an emotionally-charged power struggle and a continuing source of conflicts and negotiations between all parties involved. There are a wide variety of factors that couples must consider before making a final decision. The following are several options on dividing the family home in a divorce: Sell it immediately . If you and your ...
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  • 4 Tips to Protect Your Retirement When Divorcing

    Iowa considers retirement accounts and pensions to be marital property, making them subject to property division by the court in a divorce . In each case, Iowa courts determine how the pension needs to be divided and how the amount awarded should be paid. All marital property must be divided “equitably,” which means the court will divide the property fairly but not necessarily equally. The court ...
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  • What to Do After a Divorce

    You’ve done it--you survived what everyone said was the hardest part of their life, and you have now officially been granted your divorce . You no longer have to associate yourself with your ex-spouse if you don’t want to, and the expensive and emotionally draining process is finally over. Though it may feel like an enormous relief that you want to celebrate, it is essential you don’t forget to ...
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  • Co-Parenting Tips for Divorced Couples

    Very few things are quite as difficult as struggling to co-parent with your ex-spouse, as there is obviously a reason why the two of you chose to end your marriage. Whether there is a vast difference in parenting styles, or you cannot simply get along with each other, co-parenting will be a challenge until your children are old enough to take care of themselves, and even then you will still have ...
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  • How Are Retirement Accounts Divided in an Iowa Divorce?

    Finances are one of the most contentious aspects of divorce, as each party believes he or she is entitled to a specific amount of assets. Very rarely does the divorcing couple completely agree on what each person should have, and this is even truer for retirement accounts. If you are getting a divorce in the state of Iowa, your retirement account and pensions are liable to be divided with your ...
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  • Online Dating Websites Becoming More Common in Divorce Evidence

    With the advent of technologies such as social media and the Internet, divorce has changed considerably, as have dating and relationships. Many people who are in the midst of a divorce don’t know how else to get back into the dating pool, as they may feel hesitant to put themselves in social situations they’re not used to. As a result, many people are turning to dating websites as a way to still ...
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  • Tips on Planning Child Custody during the Summer Months

    Children are always excited for the summer. School is out, they have the freedom to play from dusk until dawn, and they usually go on some kind of vacation with their family. However, after a divorce , the summer can become quite a complicated ordeal for ex-spouses to find agreement upon. Oftentimes, divorced parents who have limited custody during the school months hope to see their children for ...
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  • Why You Should Stay off Social Media during Your Divorce

    As everyone knows, divorce can be an incredibly difficult time. This emotionally draining transition is made no easier with the advent of social media, as it is a staple in our everyday lives. In this day and age, divorce is made even more complicated with the fact that people are able to keep up with the ex-spouses lives through platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Though social ...
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  • Is Your Spouse Hiding Assets? Here Are Some Signs

    Did you know that three in ten adults with shared finances have hidden assets or purchases from their partner? According to several studies, approximately 7.2 million Americans have hidden a bank or credit card account from their live-in spouse or partner. So when it comes to divorce , there may be a discrepancy during the financial disclosure part of the proceeding. There are many cases where a ...
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  • Divorcing After 50? Tips for Gray Divorces

    “Gray divorce” is defined as divorce among older couples, typically over 50 years of age and have been married for several decades. It is a relatively recent trend caused by various factors, such as the increase life expectancy, a growth in financial independence among older women, and the changing cultural norms. There are many unique issues which couples involved in gray divorces must address. ...
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  • Biggest Divorce Myths

    You might have heard a variety of divorce stories that are often considered as truth; however, some of them are just myths that are not necessarily true. Each couple who has divorced or is currently in the process does not experience the same emotions and issues. While each divorce ends differently, the following are four of the biggest myths of divorce: Divorce is always expensive . Not all ...
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  • Unique Issues in a Gray Divorce

    If you are going through a divorce and are over the age of 50, you are not alone. In fact, this growing trend has earned its own name – “Gray Divorce.” According to the National Center for Family & Marriage Research, the divorce rate among adults over 50 doubled between the years 1990 and 2014, and tripled for those over 65 within the same timeframe. Divorce at this age, however, may be different ...
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  • Start Your Marriage on the Right Foot with a Prenup

    Having an open and honest conversation about a prenup is something not many couples do. Taking the time to do this early on, however, can lay down the necessary foundation of mutual trust. These first conversations are helpful to give both partners an opportunity to learn more about their relationship and whether or not they may have irreconcilable differences in life goals. What is Addressed in a ...
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  • Common Child Custody Mistakes

    Divorce can be a difficult time for anyone, but especially for parents. Children can complicate divorce proceedings and turn them ugly, often because both parents want what they think is best for the child. However, sometimes parents make mistakes during the child custody proceedings, not knowing it could cost them time with their kids. Here are a few common child custody mistakes to avoid if ...
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  • Biggest Divorce Mistakes

    Divorce can be tough for many people, often because at least one person in the relationship didn’t see it coming. People expect their marriages to last forever—when it doesn’t, this disappointment can often manifest in aggression, spite, or anger. It is also easy to take out these negative emotions on your spouse, whether or not they actually deserve it. Because divorces are so fraught with ...
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