Dickinson Law is pleased to announce that Andrea Rastelli has joined the firm. Andrea is a recent Juris Doctor graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and holds a B.A. in International Relations and Latin American Studies from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Her legal training includes serving as an intern at John Deere Financial and Comcast Corporate, and as an extern at ACT where collectively she gained experience on issues such as…
Dickinson Law is pleased to announce that 19 of the firms’ attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  Attorney F. Richard Lyford was also recognized by Best Lawyers® as the Litigation – Real Estate  “Lawyer of the Year” in Des Moines. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence and is the oldest and…
A North Carolina man, Keith King, brought a so-called “alienation of affection” claim against a Texas man, Francisco Huizar III – and won, to the tune of almost $9 million. Keith’s wife, Danielle, had been cheating on him with Francisco, and Keith alleged that Francisco was responsible for breaking up their marriage.  When Keith found out about their affair, he told Francisco to leave his wife alone.  Francisco did not leave his wife alone.  Instead,…
Social media has not only changed the way that people across this vast planet are interacting with one another, but it is also changing the way that people interact with one another in their own homes.  One study found that there was a direct correlation between social media usage and marriage quality.  According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, over 80% of divorce attorneys have reported a rise in the number of divorce cases…
Dickinson Law is pleased to announce that 18 of the firms’ attorneys have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.  Our attorneys’ commitment to client service and legal excellence has been recognized across 28 areas of law and our attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers have amassed over 170 years of recognition. Please join us in congratulating the…
It was reported in the news last month that a woman in the United Kingdom was denied a request for a divorce.  Tini and Hugh Owens had apparently been married for 40 years.  Mrs. Owens pursued the divorce, claiming that her marriage was “loveless and has broken down.”  Mr. Owens refused to agree to a divorce, alleging instead that it was Mrs. Owens who had an affair.  Five justices on the Supreme Court agreed with…
Committed relationships come in all shapes and sizes. As cultural norms shift and expand, the obligation to walk down the aisle in front of loved ones is no longer required. In today’s society where divorce rates soar, some people also choose to forego a marriage license to eliminate the pressure of an even messier split down the road. The surprising reality is that even if you forego a ceremonial union, you could wind up in…
Committed relationships come in all shapes and sizes. As cultural norms shift and expand, the obligation to walk down the aisle in front of loved ones is no longer required. In today’s society where divorce rates soar, some people also choose to forego a marriage license to eliminate the pressure of an even messier split down the road. The surprising reality is that even if you forego a ceremonial union, you could wind up in…
The year 2018 is more than halfway over and that means new alimony rules imposed under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will soon take effect – and that could be good news or bad news, depending on the spouse’s situation. Prior to the TCJA, if a payment from one spouse to the other met the definition of alimony, the payor could deduct from his or her income the amount of alimony paid, while…
The year 2018 is more than halfway over and that means new alimony rules imposed under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will soon take effect – and that could be good news or bad news, depending on the spouse’s situation. Prior to the TCJA, if a payment from one spouse to the other met the definition of alimony, the payor could deduct from his or her income the amount of alimony paid, while…