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Grandparent and Great-Grandparent Visitation

I am frequently asked about grandparent and/or great-grandparent visitation.  Iowa Code Section 600C.1 discusses the circumstances in which a grandparent and/or great-grandparent may petition the court for visitation with a grandchild and/or great-grandchild.  A grandparent and/or great-grandparent may only petition the court for visitation when the parent of the minor child, who is the child of the [...]

By | March 2nd, 2015|Family Law|

Wait! Don’t Fire The Employee With A Really Sick Child!

At least not before checking with your attorney. An interesting case from the Northern District of Iowa was recently brought to my attention.  Although no final disposition of the case occurred due to parties resolving the matter out of court, the facts and issues are important enough to bring to the forefront.  The facts are [...]

By | February 3rd, 2015|Employment Law|

Tax Deductions for Legal Fees in a Divorce

In general, the Internal Revenue Code allows for a deduction of reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the production of taxable income. This may entitle you to a deduction of some of the legal fees paid in pursuit of post-separation support, alimony, taxable pension or annuity payments and other tax advice in connection with a [...]

By | January 19th, 2015|Family Law|

Non-Competes and Office Romances

Over the holiday, the Court of Appeals issued a couple of employment-related decisions regarding situations that often come up. Non-Compete Agreements/Competition with Former Employer In Curry’s Transportation Services, Inc. v. Dotson et al., the Court of Appeals addressed the enforceability of a non-compete and competition with a former employee.  Since I want to address two [...]

By | December 29th, 2014|Employment Law|

An Employer’s Responsibility when Domestic Violence Invades the Workplace

In the wake of domestic violence charges against NFL players and the public’s outrage at the NFL’s response as a business owner you may be thinking how you might respond when faced with an employee charged with domestic violence or an employee who is a victim of domestic violence.  Or maybe you believe domestic violence [...]

By | October 17th, 2014|Employment Law|

The Best Lawyers in America: Mark Landa

Mark Landa has been selected to be included in the 21st Edition of the The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the practice area of Environmental Law.  Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey comprising more than 5.5 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys.  Mark has been included in Best [...]

By | August 29th, 2014|Sullivan & Ward Spotlight|

Finding Fault On-line in a No-Fault State

Iowa is a "no fault" state.  Generally, this means that the conduct of either party leading up to the divorce cannot be used as a factor in awarding a property settlement or alimony.  The conduct of a party is; however, still relevant when it comes to issues such as child custody and visitation.  With social networking on the rise, your on-line conduct is something that [...]

By | August 4th, 2014|Family Law|

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Pregnancy Discrimination Case

On July 1, 2014, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Young v. UPS, Inc. to decide “whether and in what circumstances, an employer that provides work accommodations to nonpregnant employees with work limitations must provide work accommodations to pregnant employees who are ‘similar in their ability or inability to work.’” Young was a [...]

By | July 25th, 2014|Employment Law|

Amanda James Joins Sullivan & Ward, P.C.

Amanda James has joined Sullivan & Ward, P.C. as an associate attorney.  Amanda graduated from Drake University Law School in 2008.  Since that time, she has focused her practice on public utility and regulatory work.  She will continue her work in these areas at Sullivan & Ward, P.C.

By | July 1st, 2014|Sullivan & Ward Spotlight|

John T. Ward and Richard R. Chabot Honored

Sullivan & Ward, P.C.'s President and CEO, John T. Ward, was recently honored by the Iowa State Bar Association as a member of the "50 Year" class of 2014.  John graduated from Drake University Law School in 1964 and has been with the firm ever since.  Recently retired, Richard ("Rick") R. Chabot, was also honored.  Rick graduated [...]

By | June 30th, 2014|Sullivan & Ward Spotlight|