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December 2017 Archives

What is legal separation?

While not every state recognizes legal separation, Iowa does. This is one of your options if you and your spouse no longer wish to be married. The other options are divorce or dissolution. It is important that you make an informed decision, so learning more about your options can help you to know if legal separation is the best choice for you.

Iowa is an equitable distribution state. What does this mean?

During your marriage, you may not have given a second thought to whether you own something with your spouse. Now that your marriage is ending and you face divorce, the question of who owns what assets may become a preoccupation. Figuring out what property belongs to you and what belongs to the marital estate can be a challenge.

What does guardianship mean?

If you have a loved one who is unable to make decisions for his or herself due to being underage or otherwise not having the capacity to do so, then you might want to consider a guardianship. In Iowa, according to the Iowa Governor's Developmental Disabilities Council, having guardianship over someone means you get to make the decisions for that person in regards to important issues, such as medical care. 

What are some tips for making interracial adoption work?

There are many children in Iowa and around the world that need a loving home. For whatever reason, they cannot live with their biological parents. These children are from a range of races and ethnicities. When it comes to adopting a child, you do not have to adopt a child that is your same race or ethnicity. However, when you do an interracial adoption, it can create some challenges. 

How to manage medical debts

Many people in Des Moines are struggling under a crippling amount of medical debt. According to Fox Business, soon mortgages and credit cards will no longer be the primary reasons why people seek out bankruptcy protection because medical debts will be. Those who cannot pay them, often end up ignoring the bills that come in the mail and persistent phone calls they receive. Some of them sacrifice their health by not going to their doctors so they do not incur any more medical debts. 

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