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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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    • 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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    • Modifying Terms of Your Divorce Settlement

      When divorce proceedings come to an end, it won’t necessarily mean you don’t have to see your ex in court again. When a court issues its final judgment regarding the dissolution of your marriage, it ...

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    • How Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Impact My Alimony Payments?

      Beginning New Years Day, 2019, the provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) go into effect. Among the reforms that the TCJA provides is a radical shift in how the age-old alimony tax deduction ...

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    • Common Myths About Divorce

      Many of us have a lot of preconceptions about divorce and how it may impact the future. Whether these notions came from movies or shows you watch, personal anecdotes from friends or family, or another ...

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    • Co-Parenting During a Time of COVID-19

      The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything any of us ever faced. For divorced parents, the situation is likely even more challenging, especially if your schedules vastly changed due to the loss of a ...

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    • Child Custody Mistakes Parents Must Avoid

      Divorce is never an easy matter. For parents, it is a particularly challenging experience. The prospect of spending less time with your children is unfathomable and everyone is likely experiencing a ...

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    • Consequences of Missing Child Support Payments

      Financial Consequences for Missing Child Support When a spouse misses child support payments, the party who is entitled to receive child support can institute specific legal actions to enforce the ...

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    • Child Custody and Support Newsletters

      Garnishment in Child Support Actions When the assets of the absent parent are unknown and outside the jurisdiction of the court, a garnishment of the parent’s wages to collect past due child support ...

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    • Imputed Income for Child Support Determinations

      Imputed Income for Child Support Determinations In calculating how much child support should be paid to the custodial parent of a child, a count may consider not only how much money a parent is ...

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    • Signs You Are Headed for Divorce

      Not every bump in the road spells out disaster in a marriage. In some cases, spouses can work past their disagreements, get through their rough patches, and strengthen their bond as a couple. In other ...

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    • Common Myths About Divorce

      Many of us have a lot of preconceptions about divorce and how it may impact the future. Whether these notions came from movies or shows you watch, personal anecdotes from friends or family, or another ...

      Read More
    • Child Custody Mistakes Parents Must Avoid

      Divorce is never an easy matter. For parents, it is a particularly challenging experience. The prospect of spending less time with your children is unfathomable and everyone is likely experiencing a ...

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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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    • Signs You Are Headed for Divorce

      Not every bump in the road spells out disaster in a marriage. In some cases, spouses can work past their disagreements, get through their rough patches, and strengthen their bond as a couple. In other ...

      Read More
    • Common Myths About Divorce

      Many of us have a lot of preconceptions about divorce and how it may impact the future. Whether these notions came from movies or shows you watch, personal anecdotes from friends or family, or another ...

      Read More
    • Co-Parenting During a Time of COVID-19

      The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything any of us ever faced. For divorced parents, the situation is likely even more challenging, especially if your schedules vastly changed due to the loss of a ...

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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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    • 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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    • Who Gets the Pet in an Iowa Divorce?

      As a state with a large number of agricultural professions, Iowa views animals as personal property. When a couple goes into a divorce without a prenuptial agreement, the judge will usually determine ...

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    • How Are Personal Injury Damages Divided in Divorces?

      Equitable Distribution of Marital Assets Most states divide marital assets and liabilities according to the principles of “equitable distribution,” while other states use the “community property” ...

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