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Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, and Oklahoma Fathers' Rights & Divorce Law Blog

Does a parent's living accommodations affect child custody?

31999449_s.jpgSt. Louis family court judges prefer for parents to work out how to share custody of their kids among themselves. They take it upon themselves to decide such matters on their own if the parents can't reach an agreement though. Missouri family law judges are expected to consider what's in the best interest of the child when making such decisions. The type of living accommodations a parent has can greatly impact what type of custody decree that a judge enters.

The age and gender of a child affect the type of living quarters that a court may find acceptable for them. Your son or daughter will generally be expected to have a private room or bathroom, or at the very least, a place to privately get dressed. A teen is expected to have more privacy than a younger child.

There are many ways to split up hard-to-value assets in a divorce

109846094_s.jpgGoing through a divorce can be very difficult. It can be even harder to do if you and your ex own hard-to-value assets. Divorcing spouses and their attorneys often have to ask a professional appraiser to step in and determine the value of their assets when they can't agree on what they're worth.

It's not always necessary for a divorcing couple to call in a professional appraiser to assign values to their assets. Family law attorneys or divorce mediators can broker agreements between spouses about what certain marital assets are worth.

Your right to visitation and custody as an unmarried father

7954114_s.jpgNot all relationships work out, but sometimes they result in a child being born. Just because you're not in the other parent's life, that doesn't mean you have to miss those important milestones as your child grows up.

Studies show that children tend to be better adjusted when they have both parents in their lives. This is why you should make it a point to establish your paternity of your child.

What are the requirements to file for divorce in Missouri?

131196187_s.jpgMost every couple starts their relationship with the goal of it lasting forever, however, sometimes things don't work out that way. It's when St. Louis spouses reach a point at which their marriage cannot be saved that Missouri law allows a married couple to pursue a divorce.

Divorce laws vary by jurisdiction. Couples in most every state must be legally separated for a designated period before they can move forward in filing for divorce. At least one spouse must have been a resident of Missouri for at least 90 days before they will be allowed to file for divorce in this state.

What parents should expect during a custody hearing

82118357_s.jpgMissouri parents who are summoned to a child custody hearing will be asked a variety of questions by a judge. The court's goal is to determine what type of parenting arrangement will be in the child's best interests. A judge may ask about a parent's ability to provide financial care. Detailed financial information could be used to determine how much a noncustodial mother or father should pay in child support.

Generally speaking, the law prefers that exes share custody of their kids. Therefore, those who are seeking sole custody should be ready to explain their side. If parents have a temporary child custody plan in place, a judge may inquire about the effectiveness of that arrangement. In the event that a plan is working, it may be allowed to remain in place with few or no changes.

Choosing the best parenting plan for children

35407522_s.jpgWith divorcing parents realizing that equal parenting time is usually the best option for children, many families instinctively default to an every-other-week parenting plan. While this does ensure that parents have equal access to the children and that fathers' rights are safeguarded, parents in Missouri may find that it isn't the best option for their family.

Parenting plans that simply alternate weeks often fail both parents and children. For parents, it may not be a good fit for their work schedule or for arranging childcare when needed. A week is also a long enough stretch that the children will probably want to see the absent parent. This has the potential to create unnecessary conflict. While it may be a suitable schedule for older children, who often have their own phones and can make their own arrangements, it's usually not ideal for younger children.

Certain situations call for asset protection with a prenup

53245860_s.jpgFor Missouri couples who are planning to marry, one of the most common causes for dispute is a request for a prenuptial agreement. Often, a person will take this as a sign of mistrust or expectation that the marriage will end in divorce. However, a prenuptial agreement is a protective device in case a marriage does not work out.

There are certain times when a prenuptial agreement is more important than others. If it is a second marriage and children are involved, it is wise to consider having one. There are frequent complications with a blended family. The assets belonging to a person might be in dispute without a prenup, and this issue can be addressed in the agreement.

How to help children post-divorce

20672553_s.jpgAfter Missouri parents go through a divorce, it is common for them to try to be amazing parents. They want to do whatever they can to prevent their child from dealing with mental health problems, getting bad grades, going to jail or dealing with issues that the media often promotes regarding children of divorced parents. However, it seems that shooting for "good enough" is a better option.

Research has revealed that if parents can work together to show respect for one another and co-parent with the best interests of their children in mind, their children may do just as well as children with parents who remain married. The way divorced parents treat each other will positively or negatively impact the children.

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