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“Why is my Spouse so Crazy?”

May 22, 2017
Filed in: Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law


“Why is my Spouse so Crazy?”

Divorce is inherently emotional, confrontational, and messy. It often forces us to fly our defensive flag in ways we have never had to. Suddenly, moments you once held sacred with your one-and-only are held under an electron-microscope, studied, scrutinized and used against you in order to prove you are an unfit parent.

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He Liked it so He Put a Ring on It: Property Rights After a Break Up

May 9, 2017
Filed in: Divorce


He Liked it so He Put a Ring on It:  Property Rights After a Break Up

A tale as old as time. A couple meets, they fall in love, and get engaged. Three years later: no wedding and the rose tint fades. The couple has been together for years, accumulated lots of property and now they are left wondering “what happens next?”

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The Role of Email, Text Messages, and Social Media in Divorce

January 13, 2017
Filed in: Alimony, Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law


The Role of Email, Text Messages, and Social Media in Divorce

Any of these means of electronic communication can, and frequently are, used as evidence in court during a dissolution of marriage or modification proceeding. When going through a divorce or modification action, expect that your electronic communication and social media will be scrutinized.

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Divorce & Bankruptcy: The Handmaidens of Misery

July 5, 2016
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Filed in: Alimony, Bankruptcy, Child Custody, Child Support, Family Law


Divorce & Bankruptcy: The  Handmaidens of Misery

You have just gone through the misery of an emotionally draining divorce. The State Court by virtue of Decree after trial or by agreement has established the rights and liabilities related to marital debt — the unpaid credit cards, car loans, first and second mortgages on the house that neither you nor your ex-spouse can now afford as the family is no longer a two-income family.

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Keep your “Eyes” Peeled: Evidence in Iowa Divorces

June 20, 2016
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Filed in: Alimony, Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law


Keep your “Eyes” Peeled: Evidence in Iowa Divorces

Clients will often inform us that they believe their spouse is involved in an extramarital relationship. They often follow up by saying, “Does it even matter? I heard that Iowa is a ‘no fault’ state.” Our answer is – when it comes to just being granted the divorce, Iowa is a no-fault state. But in every other aspect of the divorce, fault does matter.

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Dealing with Difficult Exes? Get Them Charged with Contempt.

April 15, 2016
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Filed in: Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce, Family Law


Dealing with Difficult Exes? Get Them Charged with Contempt.

No attorney can guarantee 100% compliance with a court order, but we do have remedies for non-compliance. That remedy comes in the form of “contempt” — more legally referred to as an Application for Order for Rule to Show Cause.

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5 Tips for Staying Out of Trouble when Getting a Divorce

April 4, 2016
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Filed in: Divorce


5 Tips for Staying Out of Trouble when Getting a Divorce

The key exception in these situations is if direct physical harm or significant emotional harm to your child or yourself will likely result from such contact with your ex. Remember, judges hear in virtually every case, “my ex is crazy” or “my ex is verbally abusive”. Those claims only influence the judge if there is clear evidence of direct harm to a child or yourself.

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Could Your Status Updates Cost You Your Children?

March 16, 2016
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Filed in: Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law


Could Your Status Updates Cost You Your Children?

The persona you present on Facebook could be the very picture that is painted of you at trial. Are you the sum of your status updates? Hopefully not. Your goal should be to avoid helping the other party gather evidence to use against you.

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