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Experienced Family Law Attorneys in Des Moines

Our Des Moines family law attorneys are committed to taking a personal approach with each family law client. We know that all family issues can lead to an extraordinary amount of stress and worry, as the process is rarely easy on anyone involved. Because of this and the complexity of the law, it is important to work with an experienced family law lawyer to help guide you through the process. At Lubinus and Merrill, P.L.C., we aim to give you peace of mind, while we work to find solutions that are right for you and your family.

If you are experiencing a family law matter in the Des Moines area, give our office a call at 515-528-9316 to set up a free consultation. Payment plans are available, and we are also available in emergency situations that require immediate attention.

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Family Law : F.A.Q.

Why is it important to have a Will?2019-04-12T21:01:08+00:00

A will is a foundational document that every person should take the time to have a legal professional prepare. It allows the individual to govern the distribution of their property after they pass. In addition, an effective will can provide security to an individual’s family through clarifying the wishes of the departed as well as establishing testamentary trusts for the efficient management of property after the individual’s passing.

From the simplest will to the most complicated trust, let Lubinus and Merrill, P.L.C. handle all of your estate planning needs.

What is Probate?2019-04-12T21:01:08+00:00

Probate is the process by which a deceased person’s estate (the accumulated property, both real and personal an individual possesses at the time of his or her death) is administered by the State. It amounts to creating an inventory of the assets owned by a deceased person’s estate for state and federal tax purposes.

Lubinus and Merrill, P.L.C. handles estates of all sizes. Make an appointment for an initial consultation at no charge to discuss your probate options.

Should I get a Prenuptial Agreement?2019-04-12T21:01:08+00:00

A Prenuptial Agreement is a document some couples sign before they marry to define the property they would part with should a divorce occur in the future. Without a prenuptial agreement, the division of assets in Iowa is done through a process called equitable distribution.

Whether or not a couple should draft a prenuptial agreement constitutes legal advice that Lubinus and Merrill, P.L.C. may not disseminate on this website. For more information about such agreements or other marital issues, contact Lubinus and Merrill, P.L.C. for an initial consultation at no charge.

Do I need a lawyer for my divorce?2019-04-12T21:01:08+00:00

In Iowa, if you do not have minor children and do not have an attorney prepare the paperwork, divorcing couples may handle their own separations by filing the documents found at the following website: http://www.iowacourtsonline.org/Court_Rules_and_Forms/Family_Law_Forms/

Though a person may always represent himself or herself in any legal matter, attorneys are helpful in divorces for a few specific reasons. First, attorneys practicing in the area of divorce are generally more familiar with divorce law than their clients; they are generally more effective at watching out for their clients’ interests. Second, divorce is often a very emotionally complicated event in a person’s life. Having an attorney provides a layer of objectivity that people going through a divorce seldom attain. In delicate negotiations regarding child support, visitation or division of property, having cooler heads on both sides of the divorce can make a world of difference.

If you are contemplating filing for divorce, contact Lubinus and Merrill, P.L.C. for your initial consultation at no charge.

How is the amount of child support figured out by the state?2019-04-12T21:01:08+00:00

In Iowa, court-ordered child support is established using the Child Support Guidelines adopted by the Supreme Court.

For specific questions related to child support, contact Lubinus and Merrill, P.L.C. for an initial consultation at no charge.

How do I get back child support that is owed to me?2019-04-12T21:01:08+00:00

Back child support is handled by the Child Support Recovery Unit. For more information, you may contact their automated phone line at 1-888-229-9223.

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