How Does Divorce Affect Estate Planning?

Without question, divorce is difficult, even in the best of circumstances. Taking two lives that have become intertwined with one another and separating them is never easy. Certainly, there is emotional stress involved, and in many cases, financial stress can be involved as well. While a certain amount of emotional and financial stress is unavoidable,…

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Who Has Custody of a Child When the Parents Aren’t Married?

Becoming a parent is an exciting and momentous occasion in anyone’s life. While it is often ultimately one of the best parts of life for many, being a parent is certainly not without its difficulties, even in the best of circumstances. Those who become parents while unmarried may experience another layer of difficulty, however, because…

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Alternative To Traditional Divorce Litigation

When many of us think about divorce, we tend to think about it in the traditional sense. Unfortunately for many, this “traditional“ perception of divorce litigation brings to mind acrimonious battles in the courtroom where couples fight with one another over every issue with attorneys on each side pitted against the other. Certainly, some divorces…

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Prenuptial Agreement

What Does A Prenuptial Agreement Cover?

Very few people, upon planning a marriage, are eager to contemplate a divorce. This is understandable. Unfortunately, however, the reality is that approximately one in three marriages do end in divorce. This unfortunate but real possibility has led many to consider entering into prenuptial agreements. There is a common misconception that prenuptial agreements are only…

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What Do Iowa Courts Consider When Awarding Child Custody?

If Iowa parents agree to a custody arrangement, they can formally request that the court enter an order that provides for this agreement. However, if the parents can’t reach an agreement on child custody, the court will award custody based on the “best interest of the child.” The court uses many factors to determine what…

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Handling Uncontested Joint Custody in a Divorce Proceeding

Lawyers and individuals talking about divorce proceedings have a tendency to focus on the worst-case scenarios. Advice from some attorneys, friends, or family members regarding how to proceed in divorce tends to focus on instances where all-out war was waged between spouses, or where one spouse is urged to anticipate that the other will be…

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Child Support

How Is Child Support Calculated in Iowa?

In a divorce, circumstances surrounding children often arise as the most contentious issues that parents must deal with. Aside from complicated issues of custody and visitation, non-custodial parents, and also parents who share the physical care,  must also figure out how much money they owe to the other parent in the form of child support….

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How Does Domestic Violence Affect Divorce?

While there are many reasons why a couple may decide to get divorced, one of the more serious ones is the presence of domestic violence in a relationship. While we typically think of domestic violence as physical violence, in reality it can include emotional and mental distress as well. For example, domestic violence may arise…

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Expediting Divorce Through a Marital Settlement Agreement

Caring and Knowledgeable Family Law Attorney Serving Clients in Cedar Rapids Going through a divorce is never an easy process. Psychiatrists and social scientists have repeatedly documented divorce as one of the most significant traumas that an individual can experience. The emotional, social, and physical changes that come with divorce can require extensive time and…

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