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On June 10, 2014.  The Nebraska Supreme Court denied without comment the Petition To Adopt Uniform Parenting Time Guidelines. The Petitioner was the Nebraska Child Welfare Committee and the Petition was signed by 5 individual lawyers, two state senators and the Executive Director of the Children’s Rights Council of Nebraska and Iowa. Because of this […]

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June 6, 2014.  Iowa law requires all parties in a divorce (with children) or modification case take a court-approved parenting class. Interestingly, the law does not include unmarried parents in the code provision, but most courts still impose the requirement. The class is a four hour class and must be completed within 45 days of […]

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May 29, 2014.  In order to be given credit for your child support payment, you must pay it through the Clerk of Court or the Collection Services Center.  The only exception to this rule is if the person entitled to receive the support payment files an affidavit with the court confirming they received payment.  Since […]

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May 16, 2014.  Let’s say you moved to Iowa and have the waited the year so you could file for divorce with proper subject matter jurisdiction.  The next hurdle to think about is personal jurisdiction.  Personal jurisdiction means the state where you filed the action has the ability to make legal determinations over the individual […]

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May 12, 2014.  Sometimes it is hard to get a divorce because you can’t figure out where to file for divorce.  If a couple lives in a state for a long period of time, then moves to another state, decide to get divorce it can get complicated.  It can get more complicated when one of […]

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May 6, 2014. The court can make couples attend marriage counseling before their divorce is allowed.  Iowa law says the court or one of the parties can ask the judge to order counseling for 60 days.  The counselor must then file a written report with the court describing the steps taken during counseling.  This process […]

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April 25, 2014. The child support guidelines were designed for a parent who is employed at a set monthly wage, rather than a self-employed farmer, a realtor, or other contract employee. When a court determines income for child support purposes, it is appropriate to average the income over a several year period due to fluctuations […]

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April 18, 2014.  A good starting point to value a farm is looking at the previous five years of tax returns.  Keep in mind that a farm tax return is an imperfect summary of income. But, it is a good place to start. Here is a list of other information you need in order to […]

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April 11, 2014. In divorce cases, judges are tasked with distributing marital assets equitably, which does not always mean mathematically equal.  In order to do this, the court must identify all assets and liabilities in existence. This presents a particularly difficult challenge in farm divorces.   A farm is not typically as asset to be divided, […]

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April 3, 2014. A popular budgeting and financial planning website, mint.com, is used by many to track expenses or save for a particular expense, like a vacation or home repair. The mint.com users can feel proud of themselves for being financially savvy in planning for their economic future.  Surprisingly, many of these folks are perhaps […]

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