Payment of child support.

Do I Have to Pay Child Support If I Give My Baby up for Adoption?

Do you have to pay child support if you give up your child for adoption? The short answer is no, you don´t. Like many legal questions, however, the answer isn’t quite that simple once you look at it closely. Under certain circumstances you might still owe child support payments. Under other circumstances, a bureaucratic mistake…

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A woman with possible brain injury.

How Long After Brain Injury Can Symptoms Occur?

Symptoms of a brain injury can manifest themselves hours, days, and sometimes even weeks after the injury occurs. The occurrence of delayed symptoms generates medical dangers, and it complicates the process of obtaining injury compensation. Delayed Symptoms of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Mild TBI, including virtually all concussions, might not even cause you to…

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A child holding a toy.

Child’s Best Interest in Custody Cases

Whenever people discuss child custody, a particular phrase keeps emerging again and again—”the best interests of the child.” Although this phrase may sound very vague, its extensive use in child custody proceedings throughout Iowa has rendered its meaning reasonably clear if you understand the legal background behind it. Courts certainly do treat parental rights as…

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A woman driving while being mad.

What Are the Damages & Liability for a Road Rage Incident?

The victim of road rage can assert an injury claim for medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, punitive damages and other losses against a defendant. If the victim dies, a successful wrongful death claim may result in damages comparable to a claim for catastrophic injury. Road rage is responsible for about two-thirds of all…

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Common law marriage.

Does Iowa Recognize Common Law Marriage?

Iowa still recognizes common law marriage, unlike most other US states. Despite its legality, however, Iowa courts treat claims of common law marriage with skepticism. If you seek to prove the existence of such an arrangement, you may well face an uphill battle. US law considers marriage to be a governmental recognition of an already-existing…

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Who Can Be Held Liable for a Slip and Fall Accident?

You might hold various parties liable for your slip and fall accident, including residential property owners, businesses, property managers, employees of contractors, third parties such as customers, the government, the manufacturer or distributor of a defective product, or the workers’ compensation system. Each year, over 800,000 people suffer slip and fall accidents serious enough to…

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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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