Elder Abuse

It’s important that the Iowa DHS protects elderly from abuse at the hands of their caretakers. But it’s just as important that innocent persons not be labeled as abusers when all they’re trying to do is take care of their friends and family members the best they can.

For instance, if a son spends money on […]

By |July 19th, 2016|DHS, Family Law|0 Comments

DHS Assessments

You may find yourself facing a DHS Assessment for Child Abuse or Dependent Adult Abuse. It would probably be helpful to talk to an attorney before you talk to the DHS, but often, I only hear about it after the assessment is complete.

If they have founded or confirmed that you have committed an act of […]

By |July 17th, 2016|Child Custody, DHS, Family Law, Juvenile Law|0 Comments

Police? DHS? Don’t expect sympathy

There’s a scene in cop movie after cop movie, where the detective tells the suspect that he understands why they did what he thinks they did. “She didn’t appreciate you.” Or, “She led you on.” Or, “You just lost control.”

Don’t be fooled. If the police — or the DHS — comes to question you, they […]

Don’t need a will, do you?

You don’t, unless you care about where your property goes if you die. Oh, and, if you have a minor child, you may want to give the court some direction on who should raise your minor child.

It is axiomatic in U.S. law that one may dispose of his or her property according to his or […]

By |April 30th, 2015|Family Law|0 Comments

What is a DHS Assessment?

What to do if you receive an assessment from the Iowa DHS.
By |July 25th, 2014|Child Custody, DHS, Family Law|0 Comments

Do Grandparents Have Rights in Juvenile Court?

Grandparents are told that they don’t have any custodial rights in Iowa, but when it comes to a child in need of assistance case in juvenile court, that’s simply not true.
By |July 11th, 2014|Child Custody, Family Law|0 Comments

Should you let DHS in your house?

Most people have nothing to hide.  Even if you don’t, you have the right to keep any government agency…the DHS or the police…from entering your house unless they have a warrant.

You don’t have to talk to the police or the DHS either, and normally during a DHS investigation, Tom Graves of the Graves Law Firm […]

By |June 25th, 2014|Child Custody, Family Law, Juvenile Law|0 Comments

I’m Thinking of Getting a Divorce

If you're thinking of getting a divorce, there are a few things you should consider first.
By |March 31st, 2014|Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments