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  • Types of Alimony in an Iowa Divorce

    Divorce is a difficult process for all parties, and it often requires working with attorneys to create a settlement that works for everyone. Alimony, or spousal support, is an important aspect of any divorce. This is a court order where one spouse makes regular payments to the other after the marriage ends. If you believe you will need financial aid after a divorce, you should learn about the ...
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  • The 7 Steps in an Iowa Divorce

    1. Meet with an Attorney When facing a divorce, having the right support and guidance is crucial. A qualified attorney can help protect your rights and interests throughout the process. Before meeting with an attorney, gather all relevant documents, such as financial statements, tax returns, and prenuptial agreements. During the consultation, be prepared to share your concerns and goals for the ...
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  • How Can I Protect My Collectibles in a Divorce?

    Difficulties often accompany a divorce, especially when it comes to your property. You must balance dividing assets with your need to protect personal, sentimental items. For many, those items include personal collections they accumulated over the years. Many modern adults have scores of vinyl records, comic books, high-quality action figures, and so on. These items certainly hold financial value, ...
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  • When Should I Consider Pursuing a Divorce?

    Deciding to pursue a divorce is a deeply personal and often challenging decision. It is essential to carefully evaluate your circumstances and seek guidance to ensure you make an informed choice. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the key factors to consider when determining if it is the right time to pursue a divorce. 1. Lack of Communication and Emotional Disconnect Effective ...
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  • Navigating a High-Conflict Divorce That Involves Children

    Going through a high-conflict divorce is difficult enough, but when children are involved, the situation can be even more complicated and draining. All too often, divorcing parents are unable to agree on what is best for their kids, leading to long, drawn-out disputes. If you are in this situation, you are probably feeling overwhelmed. Fortunately, there is hope. Many available resources can help ...
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  • How to be Financially Prepared for Divorce

    Divorce is a challenging and emotionally draining process, and it can take a toll on your financial well-being if you're not adequately prepared. To ensure you navigate the financial aspects of divorce with confidence and minimize any potential setbacks, it's crucial to be financially prepared. In this blog post, we'll provide you with practical tips and strategies to safeguard your financial ...
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  • The Cost of a Divorce: Exploring Your Options

    Everyone knows divorce is a difficult time. It puts you on an emotional rollercoaster. If that’s not enough, there are also many practical decisions to make and legal hurdles to jump. Ultimately, you must spend some money to finalize your divorce, but you don’t have to break the bank. Here are the various approaches to a divorce along with what you can expect to pay for each. The Cost of Doing It ...
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  • What Makes a Parent Legally Unfit in Iowa?

    If you are a single parent, you may have concerns about leaving your child with their other parent. Sometimes, these concerns spring from simple disagreements about parenting. You may have concerns about the other parent’s entertainment choices, what they feed the kids, and so on. Other times, you may be worried that the child is in danger with the other parent. In this article, we explore the ...
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  • Child Custody and Support in Military Divorce: Iowa's Guidelines

    Divorce is a challenging process for any couple, but it can be even more complex when one or both spouses are members of the military. In such cases, child custody and support matters can become particularly intricate due to the unique circumstances and lifestyle associated with military service. Understanding how child custody and support are handled in military divorces is crucial for service ...
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  • Protecting Your Home in an Iowa Divorce

    Divorce is never an easy process, but it can be particularly difficult when spouses share assets. Spouses can be particularly, understandably concerned about their real estate investments. Many don’t see the family home as a financial asset. Instead, they are emotionally tethered to it. If you are concerned about keeping your house in a divorce, here are some steps you can take. They could help ...
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  • How Does Iowa Handle Property Division in a Divorce?

    Each state has its own rules on how to divide marital assets. Generally, they use one of two systems: equitable property division or community property division. In this article, we focus specifically on Iowa’s approach to dividing assets in a divorce. If you are an Iowa resident preparing to end your marriage, this information will help you understand what to expect. Equitable Distribution vs. ...
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  • Can a Child Choose Their Custodial Parent in an Iowa Divorce?

    Divorce is never an easy process, especially when you have children involved. Custody decisions can be extremely difficult to ascertain. Often, these decisions are left up to judges who try their best to suit a child's needs. As part of this decision, they can consider the child’s wishes. In this article, we broadly explain Iowa’s general approach to child custody, then we directly address whether ...
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  • Keeping Your Pet in a Divorce

    Breaking up is hard enough, but when you have to figure out what to do with your pet, it can be even more challenging. If you're going through a divorce and hope to keep your pet, here are some things you'll need to consider. Pets Are Considered Property in a Marriage Under common and civil law, pets are classified as moveable property. In the event of a divorce, pets are subject to division like ...
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  • Justifiable Reasons to Change Your Child Support Payments

    Divorce orders are based on your present circumstances, but they also account for a potential future. For instance, support orders look at your current finances, but they also look at your earning potential. The court can assume that someone will advance in their career and order a higher amount of support. These days, however, the future is harder to predict. People change careers far more often, ...
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  • How Does Collaborative Divorce Work?

    When we think of divorce, we often imagine ugly courtroom trials. We picture angry spouses trying to undercut and scam one another out of money, property, and so on. These perceptions give us a sense that someone will “win” or “lose.” It doesn’t have to be this way. When it’s time to get a divorce, court is not always necessary. Many other options are available to you. One such option is a ...
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  • Can Men Receive Alimony in a Divorce?

    Even in our modern times, there is a lot of confusion around gender and divorce decisions. Most people assume that the system is biased toward women. They believe that women are overcompensated when it comes to support, child custody, and so on. Legally, gender should not affect any divorce decisions. The court should consider only the facts of the case and the individuals getting divorced. In ...
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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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