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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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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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