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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Family law

How Is Military Retirement Divided in Divorce?

Divorce is difficult. That’s the simple truth of the matter. Certainly, taking two lives that have become entwined over the years and separating them will bring its share of heartache and stress. Divorce means not only the end of a relationship, however. It also means an end of sharing all of the property – tangible…

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What Divorcing Spouses Need to Know about Social Media

Thanks to continually growing and ever-evolving modern technology, we live in a world that is more connected today than ever. Increasingly, Americans are using social media through any number of platforms. It is estimated that, in any given minute of the day, about 347,222 people are scrolling through Instagram. 1.5 billion people are estimated to…

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How to Prepare Prior to Filing for Divorce

When most of us take the momentous walk down the aisle and say “I do,” we truly expect that our marriages will last forever – and in some cases, they do. In other cases, however, even despite our best efforts, marriage doesn’t work out as we had hoped and we find ourselves facing divorce. If…

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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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