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How To Handle Holidays after a Marital Separation

Christmas is generally thought of as a family holiday, and that reality could present you with problems when you don’t have your family around or if your access to them is restricted due to separation or custody issues. A marital separation can make the holidays a lot more difficult than they need to be if…

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Dangerous Winter Driving

Winter and the holidays are a joyful time – or they should be, anyway. For too many people, however, the holiday dream turns into a nightmare when an untimely vehicle accident interrupts their celebration and replaces it with all of the difficulties that an accident entails. Unfortunately, accidents are particularly common during major holidays. Why…

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What Factors Influence Child Custody in Iowa?

In Iowa, child custody decisions are influenced by a variety of factors, including the type of custody sought (legal or physical custody, sole custody or joint custody, etc.) and various relevant characteristics of the parents and the child. A court may also ask a third party to investigate and make a custody recommendation. Iowa courts…

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Can I Recover Compensation from a Dog Attack in Iowa?

Yes, you can. With a strong dog bite claim, you can recover compensation from a dog attack in Iowa, even if the dog owner was not at fault. In 2019, insurance companies paid out millions of dollars for 136 Iowa-based dog bite claims. All told, about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year…

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What Are the Misconceptions about Common Law Marriage in Iowa?

The most common misconceptions about common law marriage in Iowa are (1) living together for a certain period of time (typically seven years) automatically creates a common law marriage and (2) there is such a thing as a “common law divorce” that is distinct from a legal divorce. The History of Common Law Marriage Normally,…

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What Are the Most Common Motorcycle-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries?

The most common motorcycle-related head injuries are concussions, cerebral contusions, coup-contrecoup injuries, epidural hematomas, and subdural hematomas. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are more than 25 times as likely to die in a traffic accident as ordinary motorists. Why Motorcyclists Die So Often The reason for this grim statistic…

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Late-Life Divorce: What Factors Do I Need to Consider?

Special considerations involved in late-life divorce typically include the possibility of post-divorce financial hardship; alimony; the status of retirement, life insurance, and Social Security benefits; and other matters. Child support and custody issues typically play no role in late-life divorce. As gay marriage has entered the mainstream, so has the concept of “gray divorce.” In…

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Common Mistakes Committed by Personal Injury Plaintiffs

If you become a personal injury plaintiff by suing someone else who you believe wrongfully caused you to suffer a physical injury, you can easily ruin an otherwise strong claim in a number of ways. Some of these ways include offering inconsistent testimony or signing statements that have not been approved in advance by your…

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How Is Paternity Established in Divorce Court?

In an Iowa divorce, the husband of a child’s mother is presumed to be the child’s biological father. This presumption can be disproven through DNA testing, and it can sometimes be disproven if the mother and her husband agree in writing that the husband is not the father of the child. Establishing Paternity in Iowa…

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