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  • Do I Need an Attorney for an Adoption?

    Adoption cases can be complex, whether you’re planning on adopting from a private party or an agency. When it comes to expanding your family and adding a new little one to your home, it’s important that you make sure everything is as it should be throughout each step of the adoption process. Any missteps could lead to legal complications and delays, which could jeopardize your adoption. Plus, ...
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  • When Can I Seek a Child Custody Modification?

    Most child custody arrangements aren’t built to last, and if you’ve reached a point where your parenting plan no longer works for your family, you need to understand how to seek a modification. Whether you’ve relocated, are working new hours, or your child’s medical needs have changed, it’s understandable that these life changes might affect your custody arrangement. However, the way in which you ...
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  • What Factors Influence Child Custody?

    Whether you are going through a divorce, legal separation, or another type of split from your child’s other parent, dealing with the issue of child custody can be tricky. Parents are typically encouraged to try to find a solution amongst themselves, without the interference of the court system, and sometimes this works. However, if the parents are unable to come to an agreement on their own, they ...
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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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  • 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 ...
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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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  • Getting an Annulment: What You Need to Know

    An annulment is different from a divorce in that it essentially erases the marriage from history in all senses of the word. A divorce still acknowledges a marriage legally took place at one point. Many people seek an annulment because they want to pretend their marriage never happened, but this isn’t enough reason to obtain an annulment. The legal definition of annulment means there was no valid ...
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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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  • Relocating with Your Child After Divorce

    Most people think the divorce is the hardest part of the end of a marriage. While this may be true for some, for parents, the hardest part is continuing to speak with your ex to maintain custody visits and visitation. The court will order parents to keep a specific schedule of visitation and custody until both parents decide to make a change or one parent wants to make a change regardless of ...
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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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  • 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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  • Custody Dispute Tips for Fathers

    In a very "traditional" family model, the mother is primarily responsible for the care of the children and the home while the father works long hours to provide financially for the family. The father relies on the mother to inform him of their kids’ schedule and needs. When a divorce occurs, and child custody is disputed, the mom can demonstrate how she handles taking the children to the doctor ...
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  • What Can Make Divorce More Expensive?

    In most cases, divorces can be expensive. Some require complex child custody , child support , alimony , or property division , while others are pushed to the brink of hostile court litigation. It is imperative to completely understand the issues you face in a divorce and allocate your finances accordingly to have the most cost-efficient divorce possible. Common issues that typically make divorces ...
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  • How to Tell Your Spouse You Want a Divorce

    After trying time and time again to make your marriage work, you may have come to the conclusion that you will need to divorce your spouse. Everyone has their reasons for doing so. Perhaps you and your spouse have begun acknowledging this truth; still, even if both of you are on the same page, it is an entirely different ordeal. The objective is to prevent the hurt and angry feelings, and reduce ...
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  • Iowa & Child Custody Matters

    How are child custody cases decided in Iowa? Every state has its own particular set of guidelines. However, the polestar factor in any child custody case continues to be what is in the best interests of the child. How Do the Courts Decide? Sometimes parents can work out many of their matters without needing to bring the matter to court. Mediation, for example, provides a confidential platform for ...
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