When your relationship is ending due to your spouse having an affair, you may wonder what effect that has on your divorce. For starters, Iowa is a no-fault divorce state, which means you do not have to prove that your spouse was unfaithful or abusive in order to obtain a divorce. Infidelity may be relevant, however, in terms of property division and child custody. Typically, infidelity would not dictate how a court divides assets or…
As a seasoned family law attorney, Mary Zambreno understands that going through the divorce process or dealing with a modification to a divorce decree can be an emotional roller-coaster for many of her clients, especially if there are children involved. After all, according to the American Psychological Association, about 40 to 50 percent of marriages in the U.S. end in divorce. “Thinking about taking the first few steps in the process can be daunting,” Mary…
Attorney and Shareholder Regan Wilson is an experienced litigator who has been practicing in a wide range of family law for more than seven years, assisting clients through the oftentimes complex legal process of divorce, child custody, modifications, property division, and other related issues and disputes. She is known for her compassionate counsel and capable representation, guiding her clients to an agreeable resolution – all at a time that can be stressful and emotionally draining…
Helping people was Associate Attorney Rachel Soderstrum’s main goal when she decided to pursue an undergraduate degree in social work and then complete a subsequent law degree — with highest honors, no less. Of course with this goal, her practice at Dickinson Law includes diligently advocating on behalf of family law clients and putting her experience and legal training to work. “I enjoy giving back to the community through my work as an attorney,” Rachel…
Very often, one of the first few questions I am asked during an initial consultation with a prospective client is how should he or she “prepare” for the divorce? Emotional preparation aside, I generally understand the question to mean what documents should he or she gather during the preliminary stages of the divorce process. In the Fifth Judicial District of Iowa, there is a requirement to exchange financial information within a certain number of days…
Although some divorces cannot escape conflict, you and your spouse may have an idea of how you would like to separate your assets and divide custody of your children in an amicable way. In Iowa, a family law attorney cannot represent both you and your spouse, but you can use one attorney to draft your divorce agreement. This can save you thousands of dollars in legal fees while providing you with the peace of mind…
Under Iowa law, there are two types of legal custody: joint and sole. With sole legal custody, a parent has the ability to make all decisions regarding the child’s education, extracurricular activities, medical needs, and religious instruction without any input from the other parent. That is, if a parent has sole legal custody, they can make the decision for the child to get the COVID-19 vaccine without consulting the other parent. Because sole legal custody…
Dickinson Law is proud to announce that it has launched “Beyond Juris,” Iowa’s first syndicated legal podcast, discussing innovations in the law & the law for innovators.  Co-hosted by Attorneys Grace Bogart and Andrea Rastelli, the podcast will be tackling new topics in the law in different fields, and will feature discussions with area business leaders and additional attorneys from Dickinson Law on issues that impact startups, established businesses, and consumers such as privacy law, blockchain,…
Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. is delighted to announce that Grace Bogart and Rachel Soderstrum have joined the firm as Associate Attorneys. Both women began their legal careers at Dickinson Law as summer clerks in 2019. Grace Bogart Grace is a 2020 Juris Doctor graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and holds a B.A. in political science (summa cum laude) from Iowa State University. As a member of the firm’s Banking,…
Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. is pleased to announce that 24 attorneys of the firm have been named by Best Lawyers® to its 2021 recognition lists for professional legal excellence, including: 21 attorneys with extensive experience were included in The Best Lawyers in America; Three distinguished attorneys were honored as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of law in Des Moines, and: Three rising lawyers were recognized in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers:…