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Divorce may be difficult on your in-laws

10/05/2016 18:50:00 PM

Divorce is never easy. There are good reasons you wish to divorce. but divorce rarely only involves one other person. While you may divorce your husband or wife, there is an entire social network that will be implicated in your...

Divorce may be difficult on your in-laws

10/05/2016 18:50:00 PM

Divorce is never easy. There are good reasons you wish to divorce. but divorce rarely only involves one other person. While you may divorce your husband or wife, there is an entire social network that will be implicated in your...

Have you experienced parental alienation?

09/30/2016 19:02:00 PM

When a couple's relationship has failed and they begin the process of divorce, emotions often run high. They may harbor ill will towards each other and may occasionally complain, sometimes with a high degree of vitriol concerning their soon-to-be ...

Have you experienced parental alienation?

09/30/2016 19:02:00 PM

When a couple's relationship has failed and they begin the process of divorce, emotions often run high. They may harbor ill will towards each other and may occasionally complain, sometimes with a high degree of vitriol concerning their soon-to-be ...

When you can't agree during a divorce

09/28/2016 18:44:00 PM

Sometimes, coming to an agreement during a divorce proceeding is difficult. A divorce is often about a loss of trust and that can make it hard for the parties to be willing to set aside their differences and do what...

When you can't agree during a divorce

09/28/2016 18:44:00 PM

Sometimes, coming to an agreement during a divorce proceeding is difficult. A divorce is often about a loss of trust and that can make it hard for the parties to be willing to set aside their differences and do what...

Where you file your divorce matters

09/23/2016 19:34:00 PM

Most people in St. Louis won't find they have much in common with the divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Few people have a marital estate measured in the hundreds of millions, but there are some lessons to be...

Where you file your divorce matters

09/23/2016 19:34:00 PM

Most people in St. Louis won't find they have much in common with the divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Few people have a marital estate measured in the hundreds of millions, but there are some lessons to be...

Common-law marriage not so common

09/21/2016 18:34:00 PM

In recent decades, the stigma of two people living together has been reduced. More people are cohabiting, and it is important that they recognize the difference between cohabiting and marriage. Missouri does not recognize common law marriage, ...

Common-law marriage not so common

09/21/2016 18:34:00 PM

In recent decades, the stigma of two people living together has been reduced. More people are cohabiting, and it is important that they recognize the difference between cohabiting and marriage. Missouri does not recognize common law marriage, ...

Older couple's divorce brings special concerns

09/16/2016 18:00:00 PM

Divorce among older couples in St. Louis,  throughout Missouri and across the nation has increased noticeably during the last two decades. The change is being led by the baby boom generation and is likely being caused by numerous factors. ...

Older couple's divorce brings special concerns

09/16/2016 18:00:00 PM

Divorce among older couples in St. Louis, throughout Missouri and across the nation has increased noticeably during the last two decades. The change is being led by the baby boom generation and is likely being caused by numerous factors. W ...

Remeber to treat your kids as kids

09/15/2016 20:26:00 PM

The legal world is an adult world. Children cannot, in most cases, sue. When their parent's divorce in St. Louis, they are part of the custody arrangement, but their input is limited by their age and maturity, and even if...

Remember to treat your kids as kids

09/15/2016 20:26:00 PM

The legal world is an adult world. Children cannot, in most cases, sue. When their parent's divorce in St. Louis, they are part of the custody arrangement, but their input is limited by their age and maturity, and even if...

Shared parenting should now become more common in Missouri

09/09/2016 15:41:59 PM

One of the most painful aspects of many divorces in Missouri has been the traditional assumptions that one parent, often the father, really does not need to spend much time with their children. A couple could granted joint custody and...

Shared parenting should now become more common in Missouri

09/09/2016 15:41:59 PM

One of the most painful aspects of many divorces in Missouri has been the traditional assumptions that one parent, often the father, really does not need to spend much time with their children. A couple could granted joint custody and...

Is it the season for your divorce?

09/02/2016 16:21:00 PM

It has been known for some time that after the winter holidays, there is an uptick in divorce filings. Many people wait for the New Year, perhaps giving their children one last set of holiday gatherings with their family. But...

Is it the season for your divorce?

09/02/2016 16:21:00 PM

It has been known for some time that after the winter holidays, there is an uptick in divorce filings. Many people wait for the New Year, perhaps giving their children one last set of holiday gatherings with their family. But...

During a divorce, it is always tax time

08/30/2016 21:03:00 PM

While tax season may be half a year away, if you are thinking about a divorce or deep in the middle of the process, you should remember to always consider the tax consequence of your choices. There are many elements...

During a divorce, it is always tax time

08/30/2016 21:03:00 PM

While tax season may be half a year away, if you are thinking about a divorce or deep in the middle of the process, you should remember to always consider the tax consequence of your choices. There are many elements...

What is normal after a divorce?

08/26/2016 15:44:00 PM

One issue with a divorce is that it upsets the routines a family has grown accustomed to. A father and mother separate and the children are shuttled between them. What had been normal is no more and something has to...

Make sure your spouse is not an 'accidental' beneficiary

08/23/2016 19:35:00 PM

One element of a divorce that may be lost in all of the emotional trauma and other legal dealings is the effect of a divorce on a will, life insurance or other estate plans. While it is likely that creating...

Problems with your custody order?

08/19/2016 12:24:00 PM

Summertime can bring hot weather to St. Louis and with that hot weather can come heated arguments among divorced parents over their custody obligations. A parent may be late to pick up a child and the other parent may decide...

Back to school challenges after a divorce

08/16/2016 15:33:00 PM

Divorce is, at its core, a legal procedure. In dissolves a marriage in Missouri, separating the property and debts of a couple. If you have children, it also contains the custody order or parenting plan that will govern the parent's...

Joint physical custody: is it right for your family?

08/12/2016 15:46:00 PM

Previously, we began speaking about current Missouri law, which does not provide that joint physical custody involves equal time with each parent. As we pointed out, the statutory language only guarantees “significant” time with each parent, ...

Joint custody doesn’t necessarily mean equal parenting time

08/11/2016 15:30:52 PM

Divorce is typically a significantly disruptive event for everybody in the family, both couples and their children. Certainly, children are particularly vulnerable in the divorce process, and need the emotional and financial support of both ...

What if your child wants to live with their other parent?

08/06/2016 12:50:00 PM

One of the problems with a divorce is that even when you do everything right, the outcome may not be exactly as you hoped. This can occur in a wide variety of situations, but one man describes a situation that...

Receiving advice from divorced friends/family during a divorce

08/04/2016 11:06:13 AM

When a person notices that a friend or someone in their family is going through a general type of life experience they have also gone through, like a divorce, one of their first inclinations might be to provide advice based...

For men, does employment situation affect divorce chances?

08/01/2016 10:46:58 AM

A person’s employment situation can affect many things. According to a recent study, one of the things it may impact for men is their divorce likelihood. In the study, which looked at well over 6,000 heterosexual couples, the divorce chan ...

New design would allow both spouses to keep the home in a divorce

07/28/2016 13:17:28 PM

Who wants what property-wise can play an enormous role in divorce negotiations/proceedings. Sometimes, both spouses will strongly desire to keep a certain piece of marital property. For some types of property, one option that might be available ...

Common points of conflict among co-parents

07/25/2016 10:09:30 AM

Many things can be a part of a person’s everyday reality post-divorce. If they have kids, one such thing can be co-parenting with their ex. While one would hope the co-parenting relationship with one’s ex would go smoothly, this doesn ...

Does fault factor into property and debt division in Missouri?

07/22/2016 15:34:03 PM

Most readers are probably aware that, when it comes to property division, different states have different rules. A small group of states utilize an approach to property division known as “community property,” which generally involves an ...

Avoiding mistakes, financial and legal, when divorcing

07/14/2016 12:33:00 PM

A divorce is a major time of transition in a person’s life. All sorts of big and key things can be in flux and shifting during the course of ending a marriage. In this time of great change, mistakes can...

Missed child support payments could have credit impacts

07/12/2016 12:34:21 PM

When a person has child support obligations, struggles when it comes to meeting these obligations can have major impacts for them. This can particularly be the case if the struggles result in them falling behind on their payments. Missed pa ...

What resources will you need for your divorce?

07/08/2016 13:40:00 PM

Divorce can be a simple process if you are still very young, have no children, have few assets and your finances are relatively basic. If you were married right out of college, or even during school, and are just starting...

Shared custody bill signed by Missouri Governor

07/05/2016 17:39:52 PM

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed House Bill 1550 into law, which will help promote more shared custody and visitation agreements between divorcing parents. The goal of the law is to ensure that fathers are not cut out of the parenting...

Should you sell your home when you divorce?

07/01/2016 18:02:00 PM

A divorce often requires a reassessment of your living arrangements. Questions of whether you should stay in your home, and as important, can you afford to stay in your home arise. If you have children and have lived in the...

Divorce can alter your Social Security retirement benefits

06/28/2016 09:12:06 AM

One of the problematic issues of divorce is that it affect so many aspects of your life. You may have to change where you live, the type of car you drive, your relationship with your children, your economic lifestyle, and...

Father's should have chance to share custody

06/24/2016 17:04:00 PM

A bill has been passed by the Missouri legislature and is awaiting action by the governor that would require that family court judges in the state begin child custody actions with the presumption that if the parents cannot agree, a...

Sometimes, it's the little things

06/22/2016 14:47:27 PM

A woman writes about how difficult things were after her divorce. She had two young daughters, who like many young children wanted to Disneyland. She noted that this was something she could not afford at that time, and she told...

Understanding divorce and your car loans, pt.2

06/17/2016 16:52:00 PM

In our last post, we were discussing how you could be forced to pay a for a car that your former spouse had been assigned in your divorce. You may be outraged by this, believing your divorce agreement made them...

Understanding divorce and your car loans, pt.1

06/15/2016 14:35:54 PM

During a divorce, you can become rather focused on your goal of separating yourself and your finances from your spouse. If you don't have children and won't have a child custody agreement or visitation issues to deal with, you may...

Dealing with relocations and a child custody order

06/10/2016 18:40:00 PM

You may have been married in St. Louis and lived your married life here. You may then have divorced at a court in St. Louis. With the great upheaval of your divorce, the separating of your household into two independent...

Domestic violence and divorce

06/07/2016 20:25:00 PM

There are few issues more difficult than dealing with allegations of domestic violence during a divorce case. If there is violence going on in a marriage, the already difficult of emotional and psychological challenges of a divorce will be ...

Insurance issues with divorce

06/03/2016 15:01:00 PM

Divorce requires the examination of many things you may not really deal with much in your daily life. Insurance is one very important area that needs to be dealt with during your divorce. From life insurance to health insurance, you...

"I had no good reason"

06/02/2016 20:58:00 PM

A woman writes of the time her former husband asked for 50/50 or shared custody of their children, she wanted to refuse him. She had received primary physical custody after their divorce. The girls were two and five, and he...

How to avoid disaster when going through a divorce

05/27/2016 15:00:00 PM

If you have told your friends and family that you are getting a divorce, it is likely that you are going to be peppered with advice about what you should do and how you should feel. Indeed, they probably have...

What will your child think of your parenting plan?

05/27/2016 14:27:00 PM

For many parents, during a divorce, they really do want to meet the statutory standard of the "best interests of the child" when making decisions about their child. Many truly believe they are doing what is best for their children....

It's the conflict, not the divorce

05/24/2016 16:21:47 PM

There is always a great deal of concern for parents when it comes to divorce and their children. Many parents worry that their children will be "harmed" by divorce. There are many things that they may consider harm, from doing...

Too much texting leads to divorce

05/21/2016 17:34:00 PM

A report from Saudi Arabia describes the latest problem caused by technology. In this instance, it was texting. A bride and groom returned to their hotel room on their wedding night. The wife was responding to texts congratulating the new.. ...

How to tell your children you are divorcing

05/20/2016 07:09:40 AM

Divorce is full of emotional events. From the first time the thought crossed your mind that you want to end your marriage, to the day you contacted a divorce attorney, until the day you receive the final order in your case...

Does no-fault divorce need to be changed?

05/14/2016 14:46:00 PM

No-fault divorce is the standard method of obtaining a divorce. In Missouri, you can proceed with either a fault or a no-fault divorce. No-fault is often criticized for a range of societal problems from lowering the economic status of women ...

The unexpected relationship

05/12/2016 16:19:27 PM

You and your spouse simply can't live together. You divorce, and you both meet other people and eventually remarry. You had children together, so you will be tied together with that bond. Given that you are divorcing, you may see...

The "sudden" decision to divorce

05/06/2016 16:02:00 PM

Divorce can be a funny thing. One day, you may suddenly come to the realization that you want out of your marriage and you want a divorce. While the realization may arrive with surprising suddenness, the underlying motivational factors have ...

How unmarried fathers can secure custody rights

05/06/2016 12:00:00 PM

It is understandable that you may be intimidated by the prospect of seeking court intervention to have your rights to custody and parenting time recognized. After all, you may think that there is an inherent bias against men in family...

The experience of others in divorce

05/04/2016 15:06:47 PM

Overconfidence bias can be a problem in many areas of life. Drivers often drive too fast or while intoxicated due to overconfidence bias, believing themselves to be highly-skilled drivers based purely on their, to that point in time, not ha ...

Cal Ripken Jr. announces divorce after 29 years

05/01/2016 16:56:00 PM

It may seem from the outside that a couple who has been married 20, 30 or 40 years has marriage figured out. But no St. Louis marriage is divorce-proof. Sometimes, after decades together, new problems arise that the spouses cannot...

The unpleasant novelty

04/29/2016 16:56:00 PM

For a great number of people, divorce is a novel experience. They have never experienced anything like it. And that may not be a good thing. Divorce is many things, both an emotional rollercoaster and a technical legal procedure. Knowledge. ...

Divorce can be a challenge for adult children, too

04/29/2016 09:53:00 AM

Divorce brings many complexities to your life. No, perhaps more accurately, it brings different complexities to your life. Take, for instance, divorce for a couple who is in their 50s or 60s. Their children are now adults, possibly with chi ...

Pregnant and divorcing? What you need to know

04/27/2016 09:53:00 AM

Being pregnant can be an incredibly difficult time in a woman's life, between the physical discomfort, the emotional peaks and valleys and the constant changes that come with such a dynamic event. Fathers-to-be also face some challenges when ...

It's not your parent's divorce

04/25/2016 09:53:00 AM

Two changes have resulted from technology and human behavior related to the technology. In the past, if one spouse wished to check up on their husband or wife, they would have had to hire a private investigator or engage in...

Can you change your child support payment amount?

04/21/2016 13:21:36 PM

When a judge issues the final order in a divorce case in Missouri that results in the dissolution of a marriage with children, an important component of that order will be the child support obligation. The non-custodial parent, who is...

Gray divorce and your retirement

04/15/2016 09:32:00 AM

When a married couple looks towards retirement, they hope to have achieved some degree of financial stability. With the children gone, they may sell the family home, and with the proceeds of that sale, buy something smaller and that they... ...

The benefit of the doubt?

04/13/2016 07:24:18 AM

Trust is often one of the first victims of a divorce. The parents of the children no longer trust each other. This causes many additional problems for the continuing relationship that the parents must retain, and may lead to an...

Divorce fraud leads to four years in jail for doctor

04/09/2016 14:30:00 PM

A property settlement in a divorce case contemplates all of the marital property of the couple being available for distribution. This typically means all of the bank accounts, real property and any source of income. Sometimes, in some contentious ...

The focus of child custody agreement

04/07/2016 14:18:52 PM

A child custody dispute can be challenging and exhausting. During the divorce, you will have enough issues to work through that unless it is absolutely necessary, the more you can do to reduce the conflict and stress of your child...

What kind of custody will work for you and your children? Pt.2

04/05/2016 07:55:00 AM

In our last post, we noted that there are five types of child custody employed in Missouri. Joint physical and legal custody has the child or children spending part of their time with each parent and grants both parents legal...

What kind of custody will work for you and your children?

04/01/2016 07:12:21 AM

For parents in Missouri, one of the most important features of their divorce settlement is their eventual custody arrangement with their former spouse. This part of their divorce settlement will control the time they spend with their child or ...

Missouri court looking for input on child support guidelines

03/28/2016 07:42:00 AM

For parents who have divorced, one of the most important elements of the divorce settlement is the child support obligation. It is important to the parent who receives the payment, to help with the cost of raising the child, and...

The end of a journey?

03/25/2016 07:30:30 AM

Marriage is often said to be a journey. With many things, practice makes perfect, so you might expect with couples who have been married 15-, 20- or 30-years, that they would be unlikely to divorce after that amount of time,...

Does it matter what other people think?

03/21/2016 15:23:00 PM

Americans have had shifting views on divorce. At one time, it was less common and was view unfavorably. Then, in the 1970s, with the widespread adoption of no-fault divorce law and the greater participation of women in the workforce, it...

Do you have a lot of "complicated externalities?"

03/20/2016 10:56:01 AM

Technology can do a great many amazing things. You can "face time" with a friend across town or in Europe or Asia. You can watch movies and television on your phone anywhere with a cell connection. You can post to...

Tips for difficult custody exchanges

03/18/2016 10:57:25 AM

Raising a child with a parent to whom you are no longer married can be an extraordinary challenge. You can get into fights over schedules, disagree on disciplinary tactics and argue over what's best for your child. Because of all...

What will a divorce do to your business? Pt.2

03/14/2016 07:46:00 AM

The next issue is how to cover the expense of buying out your spouse's interest. You may need to liquidate some assets to buy their interest or perhaps trade assets. For this, you want to make certain you have the...

What will a divorce do to your business?

03/11/2016 07:42:30 AM

Divorce can bring many unexpected changes in your life. If you and your spouse have children, the change to your life while working through the parenting plan will likely be profound. The handoffs of your children every week, not having...

Timing is everything

03/04/2016 14:11:01 PM

Sometimes, with a divorce, the timing may be unexpected. You may have been married 20 or 30 years, raised your children and be looking forward to your retirement when suddenly your spouse decides "it's over." Now, divorce is likely to...

You never know

03/02/2016 14:12:36 PM

Many men tell stories of their struggles with divorce. Once the papers are filed, they find themselves embroiled in a world they hardly recognize. Their spouse makes wild assertions or makes unrealistic demands. They want full custody of the ...

How much will a divorce cost? Pt.3

02/27/2016 17:16:00 PM

Understanding your expenses after a divorce allows you to look at the property division portion of your divorce settlement in a meaningful way. You may think that receiving the family home is a victory, but understanding the process that yo ...

How much will a divorce cost? Pt.2

02/25/2016 12:33:01 PM

The world of your finances after your divorce may seem hidden. You may think that there are too many unknowns to deal with and that you will just have to wait until your divorce is final before you can get...

How petty fights with a co-parent may hurt you

02/23/2016 12:34:26 PM

Parenting isn't easy to begin with; it is much more difficult with a parent who is out to undermine you at every opportunity. This is what most parents who are in the midst of a divorce or custody battle feel...

How much will a divorce cost?

02/20/2016 15:33:05 PM

No, this is not a metaphysical question of the psychological costs of a divorce. That question is always difficult, but its answer is inherently intangible and you are the only one who can truthfully provide an answer. But the question...

Could your child be adopted without your consent?

02/18/2016 15:35:12 PM

In Missouri, it could happen. It has happened. A man is dealing with just that circumstance after he found out that his daughter, who is only three-years-old, was adopted by the girl's maternal great-grandparents. In most cases, a father wo ...

Will a "bird's nest" work for your custody? Part 2

02/12/2016 13:06:00 PM

In our last post, we were discussing the issues related custody of children and how to cope with the challenges of moving children from one home to another. Some parents have opted to use a relatively new form of child...

Will a "bird's nest" work for your custody?

02/10/2016 12:51:34 PM

There comes a time during a divorce that the parents have to decide how to handle the custody arrangements for their child or children. Traditionally, the children went with their mother and the father received "visitation" a few time a...

How do judges make the decisions the do?

02/06/2016 12:16:00 PM

Court proceedings are often confusing to participants. Family law cases involve very specific factual situations that often bring with them very strong feelings. For those involved, it can be difficult to separate the emotional from the legal ...

It may seem amusing until the cops get called in

02/04/2016 14:23:19 PM

It probably happens thousands of time a day across the nation. A parent takes a child's cellphone away due to some transgression. While cellphones have become embedded in the culture and society, a child's possession of a cellphone is still ...

Now there is even an app for divorce

02/01/2016 07:33:00 AM

Technology has had an impact on divorce in this country. Cellphones, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have already played roles in divorce cases. Errant spouses may use the phones to plan illicit meetings while their spouses may use them to ...

Will divorce end your business?

01/29/2016 17:41:00 PM

During a divorce, spouses tend not to be on very good terms with each other, which is not unexpected given the circumstance. For most, much of the communication can be directed through their attorneys. If they have children, there may...

Do you & your co-parent have consistent media rules for the kids?

01/28/2016 11:26:09 AM

More and more often, courts in Missouri are attempting to award joint child custody when it is possible and reasonable to do so. Even if former spouses have trouble getting along, it is often in the children's best interest to...

Do you need a child support modification?

01/22/2016 13:46:00 PM

Child support payments are often a contentious subject for many couples involved in a divorce with children. While the amount of the child support payment is mechanical, in that the Missouri legislature has created a formula and there is a. ...

Don't ignore child support payment problems

01/22/2016 09:16:04 AM

Child support payments are unlike other types of family legal issues in that they are not resolved with a onetime agreement or transaction. Orders for child support can be in place for years or decades, making it very possible for...

With a divorce, "where" and "when" matters

01/20/2016 09:17:55 AM

When a couple divorces, they may have a great many things on their mind. Bitterness, frustration or other emotional upset over the ending of their marriage. Financial worries, with concerns over what their economic condition will look like after ...

Every parent has a right to parent their children

01/08/2016 14:20:00 PM

In the United States, the custody situation has improved. Slowly, family law courts in Missouri are growing accustomed to the prospect of father's sharing equal rights with mothers after a divorce. While many judges still may have a bias to ...

What's in a name?

01/06/2016 14:21:20 PM

Just across the river from St. Louis, in Illinois, divorce attorneys will have to speak to their clients differently. No more will they discuss child custody, but instead, the "allocation of parenting time and responsibility." Their clients ...

Does thinking about divorce lead to divorce? (pt.2)

01/01/2016 10:39:00 AM

In our last post, we were looking at a study that examined how people think about divorce and the implications of those thoughts. Thoughts of divorce were evenly split between men and women, and it interesting that it was not...

Does thinking about divorce lead to divorce?

12/29/2015 15:49:55 PM

Modern physics teaches that the presence of an observer potentially changes the outcome of an experiment. Some seem to feel that a similar situation exists with regard to the potential for divorce. There is a view that believes that if...

Stange Law Firm, PC opening new office in Kansas City, Missouri

12/28/2015 15:21:02 PM

Stange Law Firm, PC is excited to announce the opening of the office in Lee's Summit, Missouri in Kansas City in Jackson County. This office will be open to the public to help serve the residents of Jackson County and...

How to make things worse

12/24/2015 16:24:00 PM

Divorce can be difficult. It can be emotionally straining. It can be frustrating and financially exhausting. However, it can get worse. Imagine, if on top of all of those other issues you overlaid a criminal charge? And not just any...

Helping your children with a parenting plan

12/22/2015 16:24:00 PM

  When children are involved in a divorce, you know that even though you have divorced your spouse that your contact and interaction with that now ex-spouse is going to continue until your child or children are adults....

Child support modifications in Missouri

12/20/2015 16:24:00 PM

Child support remains an issue of great importance many residents of Missouri and their children. After a divorce or when unmarried parents separate, the custodial parent may be entitled to child support payments from the other parent. The purpose ...