Family Lawyer Des Moines, IA
The Iowa Law Group understands that family law issues of all kinds can be emotional issues. Whether you are dealing with divorce, child support, child support, or other legal issues, the consequences of the issue can have a significant impact on you and your child. That’s why when the need arises for a skilled and compassionate family lawyer Des Moines, IA residents trust our firm, the Law Group of Iowa, to defend and protect the best interests of the family.
What are the responsibilities of a Family Lawyer?
To apply for divorce, spouses usually need to meet the residence requirements of the state and county in which they live. They also need to establish a basis for divorce. Iowa recognizes the concept of “no-fault divorce.” This means that the reason can be as simple as an irreconcilable difference, or that the marriage has collapsed and cannot be repaired. Our experienced family lawyers have a thorough knowledge of Iowa divorce statutes – we will work to create an individualized plan to help you and your family through every step of the divorce process.
If a couple has minor children, the division of parental rights and responsibilities is usually an important issue in their divorce. Custody traditionally has consisted of two components: physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody is the amount of time that the child lives with each parent, while legal custody is the authority of each parent to make major decisions affecting the child’s upbringing. Our experienced family lawyers have a thorough knowledge of Iowa child custody statutes – we will work to create an individualized plan to help you and your family through every step process that is in the best interest of your child or children.
If a child is financially dependent on a parent, the parent has an obligation to support the child. This obligation usually extends until the child becomes an adult, but it can extend further in some cases if the child has special needs or has not graduated from high school. In most cases, the parent who spends less time with the child will have to pay child support to the parent who spends more time with the child. A family lawyer can help with the process of payment modification by helping to show that a substantial change in circumstances has occurred.
If your spouse’s income potential is dramatically different, your marriage was relatively long, your low-income spouse depends on your high-income spouse, and you are accustomed to a higher standard of living, then alimony, or spousal support may be appropriate. A family lawyer can also assist with the process of terminating alimony, if for example, the recipient spouse remarries or cohabits with a partner and is no longer eligible for financial support.
The first step in property division involves determining which assets are marital property and which assets are independent property. If marital property is mixed with separate property, or the value of separate property increases during the marriage, determining the characteristics of the asset can be complicated. An experienced family lawyer will be able to aid in evaluating the various assets and help work towards an amicable property division agreement.
Adoption involves the process of assuming the legal rights and responsibilities of the parent towards a child. It may involve the termination of the biological parent’s existing rights, or the biological parent may have already agreed to terminate his or her rights.
These are the most frequent reasons a family seeks family law legal counsel. When the need arises for a skilled and compassionate family lawyer, Des Moines, Iowa residents trust our firm, the Law Group of Iowa, to defend and protect the best interests of the family.
What Are The Primary Child Custody Options?
Child custody concerns the duty and rights held by a parent to provide care for a child on a daily basis. Child custody also concerns a parent’s duty to make decisions about the child’s life. When a parent is awarded sole custody only one parent will provide care for the child and make important decisions regarding the child’s life. Parents who have these responsibilities are often called the custodial parents.
Noncustodial parents often have visitation rights. These rights refer to the parent’s right to be with the child. A specific visitation order may include provisions related to vacation periods and overnight visits.
Parents who share custody are parties to joint custody agreements. Two parents make important decisions regarding the child’s life. Both parents spend time with the child and make decisions regarding religious training, health care, and education. If parents cannot agree on a specific issue they may need to consult a mediator.
Will A Judge Consider A Child’s Preference for One Parent?
The child’s preferences and wishes may be considered by the judge, but this will depend on the age of the child and whether the child is mature or immature. If the child is seven years of age or younger a judge will not consider the wishes of the child. A child that is seven years of age or younger is too young to make decisions regarding parental preference.
If the child is older it is more likely that a judge will consider the preference of the child. A court will analyze the reason a child chooses to live with one parent or the other. A judge may not consider a preference based on the child’s superficial interests. If a child appears to be repeating statements made by parents then the judge is not likely to consider the child’s preferences.
A judge may decide to speak with the child in the judge’s chambers. Conversations between the judge and the child will not often occur in court before other people. The parents are often not in the same room with the judge and the child. The attorneys who represent the family members may be present in the judge’s chambers. Judges may designate mental health professionals to consult with the child to determine the best interests of the child.
Courts May Deny Visitation Rights
Courts restrict visitation rights if the child may be in danger by being alone with a parent. If a parent has abused a child or used drugs or alcohol around the child then a judge may deny visitation rights. Judges may order supervised visitation rights. Judges will always consider the best interests of the child. A judge must make the best decision for the child. If a parent may endanger a child or harm a child then the judge has the authority to deny visitation rights.
Family law deals with, as you probably recognize, some of the most emotional law anyone can deal with. After all, in general you’re dealing with issues like divorce, custody and child support, visitation, division of property, alimony, and adoption. Each one of these issues has big ramifications for you and your family. You obviously need and want an attorney who not only knows family law in detail, but has real compassion for your situation as well. The attorneys at the Law Group of Iowa fit the bill and more.
In addition to the obvious, the organization also deals with the following matters:
- Allocation of marital debt
- Asset and property division
- Business valuations
- Child support
- High assets and forensic accounting
- Legal separations
- Orders of protection and domestic violence
- Parental relocation
- Pension Valuations and QDROs (Qualified Domestic Relationship Order).
- Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
- Spousal support
- Tax implications in divorce
- Wasteful dissipation of assets
As you can see, there’s a lot to know about in family law in the state of Iowa.
Not only are our lawyers educated and practiced in Iowa state law as it can impact families, they also work hard to stay abreast of any changes in law. And changes there are. You can be sure your attorney will be up to date which is exactly what you want.
Our lawyers are not only knowledgeable and up-to-date about Iowa family law, they also understand exactly how that law is practiced in the Des Moines area. Because they work in the area almost every day, they know the players, from law enforcement, through social services and on to the courts including judges. Plus they are also members of the community which gives them even more insight into how family law actually works there.
No cost no obligation consultation
The Law Group of Iowa is pleased to offer you a no-cost, no obligation consultation about how they might help you deal with any family law issues you may have. Here is a place where you will be listened to carefully and where you can get many of your preliminary questions answered. You’ll also be able to get a ‘feel’ for the company and how they work.
You can find a link to their contact page and email form link at the top of most of our web page, or click this contact page link. There you will find an email form you can use if you want. You’ll also find phone numbers and you’re welcome to call and an email address you can use if you’d rather.
Keep in mind, when you need a family lawyer in Des Moines, IA, you’re likely to find exactly what and who you need at the Law Group of Iowa. Give us a call or send us an email. We think you’ll be glad you did.
Contact the Law Group of Iowa Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you are seeking a family lawyer in Des Moines, Iowa contact the Law Group of Iowa today. Call the office at (515) 556-IOWA to schedule a free consultation during which we can discuss the facts of your case. If you are seeking a family lawyer in Des Moines, Iowa we can help you solve your family law issues.