Family law

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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How Long Do I Have to Go to the Doctor After an Auto Accident?

If you or a loved one has recently been involved in an auto accident, chances are high that you may be feeling overwhelmed. A sudden accident can be shocking and unsettling. You may find yourself faced with injuries that might require extensive medical treatment, prevent you from returning to work, and otherwise throw your life…

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Do You Have to Pay Child Support If You Have 50-50 Custody?

If you find yourself in a place in your life where you are seriously contemplating divorce, or if you are currently going through a divorce, you may feel as if you have a million things on your mind, and this is entirely understandable. Stated simply, divorce isn’t easy. In fact, at times, it can be…

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Child Support

Why Would a Parent Lose Primary Care of a Child?

Divorce is difficult, even under the best of circumstances when there are few difficult issues for the divorcing couple to resolve. Understandably then, it can be far more difficult when the parties have to resolve complex issues – particularly issues about their children. The determination of custody arrangement is one of the most emotional matters…

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