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    • International Adoption – Advance Processing

      What is Advance Processing? The United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recommends that all prospective parents file an application for “Advance Processing” before they ...

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    • Can I Get More Alimony if My Spouse Cheated on Me?

      A cheating spouse can leave you feeling hurt, angry, and betrayed. These intense feelings might also make you want to punish your soon-to-be-ex. That reaction is certainly understandable, but divorce ...

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    • What Determines Alimony in Iowa?

      Is Alimony Required in Iowa? The purpose of alimony (also referred to as spousal support or spousal maintenance) is to provide the individual awarded alimony the necessary financial support they need ...

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    • How Does a Court Determine Alimony?

      Alimony (or spousal support) is a court-ordered mandate for one party to financially support the other following a divorce. The court may grant temporary or permanent alimony; the length of time and ...

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    • Repeated Visitation Violations May Lead to Custody Changes

      Divorced parents ideally co-parent their children effectively, communicate honestly, and support each other’s time with the children. Unfortunately, that idea situation doesn’t always happen. A parent ...

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    • What’s the Role of a Guardian Ad Litem in Custody Disputes?

      It’s a fact of life that not all marriages become happily ever after. When a marriage doesn’t work, many couples can still come to an agreement on the issues of their divorce such as child custody. ...

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    • Co-Parenting During COVID: Vaccination Disputes

      What Age Groups Are Eligible for the COVID Vaccine? Recently, the Pfizer- COVID vaccine was made available to children 12 to 15 (previously, the Pfizer vaccine was only available to those who were 16 ...

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    • Child Support Basics in an Iowa Divorce

      Child custody and support are among the most emotional and challenging decisions that must be made in a divorce with minor children involved. Parents might have quite divergent opinions about what ...

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    • Do Child Support Obligations End at Age 18?

      Supporting and raising a child remains the responsibility of both parents, even after their divorce. Iowa believes in putting the best interests of the child first and protecting the standard of ...

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    • What to Do When Your Ex Won’t Pay Court-Ordered Child Support

      Child Support Length & Parent Obligations According to Iowa Law, parents are legally obligated to support their minor children. Typically, this support ends at 18, but if the child is still a ...

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    • Can I Stay Legally Separated Indefinitely?

      Most states in the U.S. recognize legal separation, but it should not be thought of as a light version of divorce. The process can be just as emotionally difficult as divorce. The questions that must ...

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    • Is Iowa a Community Property State?

      How Is Property Divided During a Divorce? Iowa is not a community property state; it is an equitable distribution state. This means that when a couple is divorcing, their shared property must be ...

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    • Can I File for an Uncontested Divorce in Iowa?

      With recent high-profile news on Kim Kardashian and Kanye West agreeing to divorce terms, there has been renewed interest in how the uncontested divorce process works. We are often asked if Iowa ...

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    • Iowa Domestic Abuse Laws

      According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), more than 10 million individuals suffer some type of domestic violence incident every year. This breaks down to one in four women ...

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    • What is Considered Domestic Violence in Iowa?

      Few things are as horrifying as domestic violence, which continues to claim millions of victims every year. Iowa state law defines domestic violence as assault which occurs between people who are ...

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    • Does Common Law Provide Same Rights as Traditional Marriage?

      The way the term is used so frequently in popular culture, you might think that common-law marriage is, well, common. In truth, the concept is not legally recognized by most U.S. states. The nine ...

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    • Understanding Fathers' Rights in Iowa

      Do Fathers Have Rights in a Divorce or Separation? When going through a separation or divorce involving children, many parents' primary concerns are that their children are supported and their ...

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    • Grandparents' Rights in Iowa

      Do Grandparents Have Legal Rights in Iowa? Grandparents play a significant role in their grandchildren's lives. In addition to strong emotional bonds, many grandparents are also responsible for child ...

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    • Important Tips for Protecting Your Credit During Divorce

      Divorce can be an expensive endeavor. Besides court and legal fees, divorcees can expect to face new financial obligations. As a result, a person’s credit is vulnerable during such stressful ...

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    • Parental Liability for a Minor’s Torts

      A parent may be liable for a minor ‘ s torts. The parent may be found liable if the parent was negligent in their actions. The parent may be liable for an injury inflicted by the minor, if the injury ...

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    • Can I Get More Alimony if My Spouse Cheated on Me?

      A cheating spouse can leave you feeling hurt, angry, and betrayed. These intense feelings might also make you want to punish your soon-to-be-ex. That reaction is certainly understandable, but divorce ...

      Read More
    • Is Iowa a Community Property State?

      How Is Property Divided During a Divorce? Iowa is not a community property state; it is an equitable distribution state. This means that when a couple is divorcing, their shared property must be ...

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    • What is Wasteful Dissipation of Marital Assets?

      Wasteful dissipation occurs when one spouse wastes or intentionally fails to protect marital assets. As simple as this may sound, proving wasteful dissipation of marital assets in court is actually a ...

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