Paternity is the act of establishing that a man is the father of a child. By establishing paternity, visitation rights, child support payments, custody rights and more can all be secured. We know the paternity laws in Iowa and can help guide you through the paternity process.
When deciding on child custody in Iowa, the best interest of the child is always the main motivation. While parents are typically encouraged to come to an agreement out of court, this isn’t always possible. If mediation fails, your child custody case may be argued in court. Our child custody lawyers are ready to advocate for you and your child(ren) in and out of court. We can also assist with modifications to your child custody agreement, if either parent’s situation changes (such as child relocation).
Parental abduction or kidnapping involves the taking or concealing of a child by a parent in violation of the rights of the other parent or legal guardian. Parental kidnapping is a criminal act and needs to be handled by an attorney well-versed in child custody matters. Our family law attorneys can help fight for your parental rights.
When a parent takes a child from the United States or refuses to return a child to the United States, complex international laws come into play. A knowledgeable family law attorney needs to consider the country and the specific child custody laws that govern each parent’s legal rights. If you are dealing with international child abduction, contact our office immediately for help resolving the issue as quickly and efficiently as possible.
If you are seeking spousal support in a divorce or oppose providing spousal support in a divorce, you need an experienced alimony attorney to carefully look through the full financial picture and consider the factors involved in your unique situation.
In Iowa, spousal support is awarded based on one party’s ability to pay and the other party’s financial need in order to retain the same relative lifestyle shared by both parties during the marriage. Some factors considered include:
- The duration of the marriage
- The property brought into the marriage by each party
- The contribution of each party to the marriage
- The age and physical and emotional health of both parties
- The contribution by one party to the education, training or increased earning power of the other
- The earning capacity of each party
- Other factors
Our experienced spousal support lawyers can protect your interests and find the best possible solution for you.
Our family law attorneys in Des Moines are dedicated to helping you become a parent through adoption. We can help thoroughly explain the adoption process, file the necessary paperwork, obtain consent from the birth parent, complete the termination of the birth parent’s parental rights and finalize the adoption.
There are certain circumstances when the termination of a parent’s parental rights is needed. If you are seeking to terminate parental rights or defending against the termination of parental rights, you need to speak with a knowledgeable family law lawyer. We represent parties on both sides and help navigate the process and implications.