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Whether you are a divorcing or separating couple with or without children involved, our attorneys at Klinger, Robinson & Ford, LLP, understand how difficult it can be to protect your own interests during this difficult time.
Divorce Or Dissolution Of Marriage In Iowa
Dissolution of marriage involves many issues, including the following:
- Division of marital property, also known as a property settlement
- Child custody
- Child support
- Child visitation and parenting plans
- Spousal support
- Interpretation and application of premarital agreements
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Domestic Violence And Protective Orders
Protective orders are meant to be protective. As a result, if an abuser ignores the order, the abuser is subject to an immediate arrest. Only the judge can change the terms of the order so if you no longer feel you want the order, you must ask the court to change or stop the order. Orders from the judge can last up to one year. The petitioner can ask for an extension of another year. The Iowa Protective Order Notification for Domestic Abuse Program (IPONDA) is a free and confidential telephone service that provides petitioners with two important features: information and notification.
Determining Child Custody
The courts determine child custody through an initial petition, or in a subsequent modification. Child custody is generally determined based on the best interests of the child. Accordingly, someone seeking primary physical care of the child should retain an attorney to convincingly argue the facts in their favor.
Child Support Is Usually Not Negotiable
In general, child support is not negotiable in Iowa. With rare exceptions, the courts prescribe a set formula for determining the amount each parent owes for child support. We call this the “Iowa Child Support Guidelines.” The guidelines are regularly revised and subject to changes in tax laws and case law. Therefore, it is important to have an attorney review any proposed child support guidelines worksheets in order to identify where child support may be understated or overcharged.
What Are Premarital Or Prenuptial Agreements?
Premarital or prenuptial agreements are effective planning tools for people considering marriage, especially where either party may currently own meaningful assets, including real estate, business and farm assets. People should not be hesitant or reluctant to draft a premarital agreement simply because of the perception it might create. Premarital agreements are frequently necessary tools in today’s legal and economic climate.
Attorney Stephen Swift is an experienced attorney and mediator. Parties in divorce are free to choose their own mediator. Further, divorcing couples may decide that multiple mediation sessions are appropriate, even with different mediators.
We Will Help You Take Action
We will help you take the action you need to take for protecting the best interests in your next chapter. Call Klinger, Robinson & Ford, LLP, in Cedar Rapids at 319-395-7400 or send us an email to schedule a meeting and learn more about how working with our compassionate, knowledgeable family law attorneys can relieve the stress of uncertainty when you have family disputes.