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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Do Mothers Always Get Primary Custody in Iowa?

      Contrary to popular belief, mothers are not automatically given primary custody in Iowa. The Iowa courts recognize that fathers play just as important a role in their children's lives as mothers do. ...

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    • Common Challenges of High-Conflict Co-Parenting Relationships

      Co-Parenting Is Never Easy Divorcing or separating when you have children is a difficult process. After the divorce or separation is finalized, you and your former partner will have to learn how to ...

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

      Why Child Support Is Important 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 full-time high ...

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    • Who Pays for College After a Divorce?

      Whose Responsibility Is College? In Iowa, the court can order parents to pay some of their child's college expenses. The courts refer to this as a postsecondary education subsidy . Many people are ...

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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