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March 2012 Archives

Missouri Lottery game winner arrested for unpaid child support

When a person wins a cash prize in a Missouri Lottery game, the lottery automatically checks to see if the winner has any outstanding child support payments due, before giving the winners their prize. It can be argued this is one way to find those parents who owe child support.

Missouri father fights for custody after mother illegally fled

It's certainly scary for any Missouri father to think about, but the truth remains that some mothers will purposely break a custody agreement and move with a child out of the state. Some do this even though the father has custody and without any kind of prior permission.

Military pensions valuable in divorce

When a couple is in the process of obtaining a divorce, if one spouse was a member of the armed forces, it turns out a military pension may be one of the most valuable assets. But, like any asset, problems can arise during and after the divorce -- especially if the marriage overlapped the time in service.

What happens to the engagement ring in divorce?

At one point in life, buying your bride-to-be a diamond engagement ring may have been a joyous occasion. But now, after already getting married and now wanting to get divorced, many former spouses may be wondering just who is the rightful owner of that engagement ring. Is it the person's who wore it? Or does it now belong to the person who bought it?

Ortiz's paternity case highlights the importance of DNA testing

It's certainly disturbing to even think about, but the truth remains that there are some women who will attempt to claim that someone is the father of their child in order to receive child support. And while this can happen to anyone -- regardless of fame or not -- a recent paternity test taken by Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz was a prime example of how some people will make false allegations regarding fatherhood.

Smartphone data ending up as evidence in family law court

In today's world more and more people are using smartphones -- such as iPhones and Androids -- on a daily basis to send text messages, make phone calls, look up online information, use a GPS and check different social media sites. And while having this handy device right in your back pocket certainly adds a level of convenience to life, many are seeing their smartphone being used as evidence in a divorce proceeding.

Appeals court rules man responsible for child support

A Nigerian immigrant was recently ordered to pay child support for twins who were conceived through in vitro fertilization. The father claims that the twins were conceived well after he and his spouse split up, and he should not be held financially responsible to pay child support for the two 9-year-old girls.

Should spending habits be used in divorce proceedings?

A recent article got quite a bit of attention when it was reported that some companies, like Target, mine data from consumer's purchases in order to identify a life cycle event -- like a marriage, pregnancy or divorce -- in order to change shopping habits and obtain brand loyalty from that consumer. Of course there's many ethical questions regarding these types of initiatives, but there are also many concerns regarding how these initiatives could end up impacting a divorce proceeding.

Benefits changes may hurt poor fathers who owe child support

A current change to how the Department of the Treasury pays out federal benefits may end up having a negative impact on Missouri fathers who are already behind on child support payments. The change is scheduled to take place next March.

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