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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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