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Family Law Archives

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.