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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Iowa on

Q: Iowa. Ex left state with children. No court custody arrangement. I'm on the birth Certificates. What to file?..No money

Jesse Michael Marzen answered on Apr 28, 2017

There are resources available to help you. For starters, the Iowa Judicial Branch has forms available for folks to represent themselves. Link: http://www.iowacourts.gov/For_the_Public/Representing_Yourself_in_Court/DivorceFamily_Law/Forms/index.asp Also, the Iowa State Bar Association has a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Iowa on

Q: the respondent did not answer divorce. what do I file next.

need to know what to file and what order and time line to file next.

Jesse Michael Marzen answered on Apr 28, 2017

The procedure for a 'Default' (wherein the other person doesn't file an answer within 20 days after being served the Petition and Original Notice), is found in the Civil Procedure Rules. Here is a link to those Rules: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/CR/LINC/04-28-2017.chapter.1.pdf Take a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Iowa on

Q: If items are in my fathers name and my name, can his wife take those items in a divorce?

My fathers wife is greedy. She kissed our butts while they were dating. The moment they were married it all changed. She had him do everything for her and her kids. She has 4 kids whom have significant others, 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. She pays for anything they ask for. Her 1st... Read more »

Jesse Michael Marzen answered on Apr 27, 2017

Your step-mother may, or may not, be able to take the items that are listed in yours and his names. It depends on when the item was purchased, and how title to that items got into your and his names. If the item was purchased before he and your stepmother were married, then it is 'pre-marital'... Read more »

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