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Family Law Archives

The dangers of social media in the domestic relations arena

One of the first things I do when a person hires me to represent them in a domestic relations case is check out thier Facebook page as well as their spouse and as the case moves along, any other witnesses who appear significant either for myself or for the opposing party. It never fails to amaze me the types of pictures and comments people will make on Facebook and other soical media sites which can later hurt them when they are applying for a job or possibly trying to obtain custody or visitation rights with their children. Facebook and other social media sites are a great place to share things but are also fairly public. I remind my clients that even if they have their privacy settings turned up to the max, there is nothing to prevent the opposing attorney from subpoenaing their Facebook page, as well as other social media sites, and all of the posts that have been made to thier page.

Terminating child support

May is an exciting time for many families with high school graduations, acceptance letters from colleges and, for many non-custodial parents, the ending of child support obligations. Many non-custodial parents are unaware of the fact that legal action is required to actually stop the process whereby child support payments are withheld from their wages. Often times they don't realize this is the case until one or more payments has been withheld from their checks which should not have been taken out. Getting money back from an ex-spouse once they receive it can be difficult; it's important to make sure that you stop child support in a timely fashion.

Child Custody and Visitation 101

Many of the cases we deal with involve questions regarding custodial issues surrounding children. These issues generally include where and who the children will live with and, if they are going to live primarily with one parent, what access the other parent will have to the children.

The Legal Side of LGBTQ Relationships

Major recent shifts in Iowa legislation and case law have led to expanded rights and benefits for LGBTQ individuals. Now, the task lies in harnessing and taking advantage of that equality. LGBTQ individuals face a number of challenges that cisgender, heterosexual individuals have never had to stop and think about. This is especially true for personal issues, whether that be marriage and separation issues, adoption issues, estate planning issues, or name and gender changes.

Mediation Questions Answered

Family law issues are generally not open and close cases. Things are very rarely black and white. When families are in turmoil, emotions run high and people are willing to fight. That naturally will bog down a court system, making cases last longer and cost more.

Elements of a parenting plan

The effort of carrying out co-parenting arrangements following a divorce can be frustrating and very trying, especially if you and your ex are on less than civil terms. A plan that provides the most benefits to your children must have consistent input and ongoing cooperation from both Mom and Dad. It may seem a difficult task, especially at first, but keep in mind that the welfare of your children is the most important consideration.

Child Support 101

The issue of support, who gets it, how much they get, and for how long is a constant theme in most of the family law cases our office handles. That being said, we've provided you some basic information to consider regarding child support.

My spouse wants a divorce, now what?

While a lot of people give quite a bit of thought to how to get married, few plan for that moment when a spouse says they want a divorce. For most people, the declaration itself comes as no great surprise; however, that doesn't make handling it any easier, particularly if you were truly surprised. Here's some information to help make the process easier, or at least understandable.