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  • Your Guide to Taking a Grandparent Visitation Case to Court

    Securing Your Place in Your Grandchild’s Life Grandparents are some of many adults that children look up to for wisdom, love, and guidance as they grow. While their place is sometimes protected by a grandchild’s parents, drastic life changes – such as separation, divorce , or death of the parents – could threaten a grandparent’s place in their grandchild’s life. Luckily, should this ever happen, ...
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  • What You Should Consider When Appointing a Guardian

    Guardianship is a difficult but necessary decision for parents to make. Life’s unpredictability could drastically change a family overnight. Be prepared for such an emergency by ensuring your children will be cared for by people you trust in the event that something happens to you. Consider these points when deciding who to appoint. Your Relationship with the Prospective Guardian Guardians are ...
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  • Co-Parenting Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

    If you are a separated or divorced parent, you are likely already acutely familiar with the challenges of co-parenting with your ex. However, now that we are in the middle of a pandemic, raising children with your former spouse may be considerably more difficult and your children are likely picking up on the increased tension and anxiety in your family. Although everyone’s schedules may have ...
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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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  • Can I Modify Spousal Support?

    Our financial circumstances change as the years pass and the spousal support order that was once suitable for you and your former spouse may no longer work. If you need to modify your spousal support order, you can petition the court to have it reduced or increased, depending on the situation. Before you take the matter to court, however, consider discussing it with your former spouse. Hashing out ...
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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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  • What Is a Child in Need of Assistance Case?

    A Child in Need of Assistance (CINA) case is when a court must decide if the living situation around a child is not conducive to their ultimate wellbeing. A court will find a CINA if: a child has been abused and/or neglected; a child has a developmental disability or mental disorder that isn’t being addressed by their guardian; or the child’s guardians don’t give proper care and/or attention to ...
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  • How Can a Grandparent Gain Custody of a Child?

    Grandparents can be heavily involved in the life and child-rearing responsibilities of children; sometimes they even become the primary caregivers. While the majority of child custody cases are between parents, grandparents have the right to seek custody of their grandchildren as well. So, how can a grandparent gain custody of their grandchild? Is it a more difficult process than a biological ...
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  • How to Get Your Child's Passport if You Are a Single Parent

    As of 2001, the United States government requires both parent’s signatures on their child’s passport applications. This rule applies to new passports for children under the age of 14; before this rule, it was possible for only one parent to complete a passport application for their child. If you are a single parent, it is still possible for you to obtain a passport for your child. However, the ...
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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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  • What Is the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction?

    The Hague Conference on Private International Law is an international organization compromised of several countries (82 States and the European Union). The goal of the Hague Conference is to establish workable, internationally-agreed methods of resolving legal issues between countries with various legal systems and traditions regarding matters such as court jurisdiction and the recognition and ...
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  • How Child Support Arrears Can Impact Your New Marriage

    In the United States, approximately half of all first marriages end in divorce. Sounds like a grim statistic until you learn that second and subsequent marriages have an even higher risk of divorce. But why is it that second marriages are more doomed to failure than first marriages? We don’t know all of the “reasons” based on research, however, we are confident that many couples in blended ...
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  • What Rights Does an Unmarried Father Have?

    In the 21st Century, it is not unusual for unmarried parents to have children. Perhaps these parents are divorced or have no intention of marrying because they are children of divorce. The reasons for having children out of wedlock vary and are very personal, but regardless of the reasons for having children outside of the institution of marriage, it’s frequency has raised issues in the family ...
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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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  • What Is Adult Adoption?

    Adult adoption is a wonderful way to formalize the relationship between a parent and child. Stepchildren, foster children, and even lost-lost biological children can all benefit from the adult adoption process. For example, an adult adoptee may want to initiate this legal process after reuniting and connecting with their biological father or mother. This process can be completed so long as the ...
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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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