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A less-common application of family law

Most Iowa residents are at least somewhat familiar with common family matters, such as divorce, prenuptial agreements and paternity. However, a mention of emancipation is more likely to bring up images of Abraham Lincoln than it is to summon an idea of its other meaning: the assumption by a child of the legal rights and privileges of adulthood. 

Modifying your Iowa child support order

If you currently reside in Iowa and either pay or receive child support, a time may come when you wish to revisit the amount of child support your current support order dictates. Maybe you are your child’s primary caregiver, and your child now has more medical expenses than he or she did before, or maybe you lost your job, and you can no longer afford to make payments at the amount your order currently lists. At Janssen Law, PLC, we understand the process of modifying child support in Iowa, and we have helped many clients facing similar situations pursue solutions that fit their needs.

When and where can you file for divorce?

If your marriage is at an end and you wish to file for divorce, it is important to understand the laws on when and where you can file. You simply cannot go to any state and file for divorce as states typically have residency requirements. In Iowa, according to the Iowa State Bar Association, either you or your spouse must be a resident of the state in order to file for divorce in the state. To be considered a resident, you or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least one year. You also cannot file at just any courthouse. You must file in the county in which you or your spouse lives. 

What are the home requirements for my home if I adopt?

Giving a child a loving and safe home through adoption is an amazing thing to do. Adopting does require quite a bit of work and time. When you take in a child in Iowa, there are certain requirements you must meet. One of them is ensuring your home is ready for a child. There are guidelines used in the foster system that apply if you are adopting from this system, which are explained by Four Oaks.

Are family courts biased against fathers?

When you head to family court in Iowa, you may assume that the judge hearing your case will listen to each side and make a decision that is fair and balanced without the interference of personal bias. This is what is supposed to happen, but time and again, fathers claim the court was bias against them.

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.

What are the benefits of a prenup?

Prenuptial agreements may be something that have gotten a bad reputation. Because Iowa couples must sign one before getting married, it may seem like a hostile agreement. However, once you understand the benefits, you will see how a prenup can actually be a very beneficial legal document that can come in quite handy in the event you ever get a divorce. 

Can vaccine disagreements affect custody?

If you are getting a divorce in Iowa and have children, there will be a huge focus on custody. The court may look at many different aspects of your lives to determine who gets custody of the children. If you and your spouse are embroiled in a disagreement over vaccinating your children, it could play into the court's final decision on custody.

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