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Keep it civil: Co-parenting after divorce

Understandably, a divorce is hard on any father. There are worries associated with child custody, visitation schedules and the division of marital assets. However, children do not need to be swept up in the chaos between their divorcing parents. This is why it's important for fathers and mothers to take steps to reduce the stress and conflict in their children's lives.

Dual citizenship proves difficult in divorce

Divorce can be confusing enough. But add to the mix divorce when one spouse has dual citizenship, is living abroad or married to someone living in another country, and the entire process can become downright exhausting. This is due to the fact that different counties have different laws regarding divorce, which can end up affecting everything from child custody to property division.

Missouri fathers may consider co-parenting

In Missouri, father's rights with respect to their children can become vulnerable during the divorce process. However, while it used to be that the court system favored mothers, many courts are now considering other alternatives to better involve fathers, including physical and legal custody, along with joint custody that revolves around co-parenting.

Push for fatherhood to be discussed on the campaign trail

It's a sad truth, but there are roughly 24 million children in the U.S. who do not live with their biological fathers. In many of these cases, there may not even be any contact. For these children, to grow up without their father not only takes away from the important bonding experience kids have with their parents, but in many cases it also means one less positive male adult role model in the child's life.

Reasons range for older couples who divorce

When a couple has been married for 20, 30 or even 40 years of marriage, it often comes as a shock when they announce their decision to divorce. Just what could have caused a divorce after such a long marriage? Had the decision been in the works for years? Is this the result of a mid-life crisis?

Co-parenting: An option for Missouri fathers

While we tend to focus on the negative aspects of parenting after divorce, Missouri parents should know that there are plenty of parents who cope just fine with split custody schedules and co-parenting. In these type of situations, not only do the parents benefit from each being able to spend time with their children, the children also benefit from being in a safe, loving environment where their parents are able to work together to make sure their needs are met.

Mediation an option for reaching a child custody agreement

While divorce can be particularly hard on anyone, those couples with children can find the process especially grueling during child custody battles. In these cases, while the idea is to make decisions based on what is the best for the children, there are plenty of cases where a parent puts their wants ahead of their children. In some cases, these parents sadly even start to use the children as financial pawns. When this happens -- or there is just a lot of arguing -- the results can be particularly traumatic for children.

Can a Missouri prenuptial agreement be broken?

When a couple gets married, most expect to spend the rest of their lives together. And while this does sometimes happen, for the just-in-case it's best to make sure to have a prenuptial agreement in place before walking down the aisle. However, aside from making sure to have a prenuptial agreement to protect assets, it's also important to make sure that the agreement makes sense, is fair to both parties involved, and would be enforceable should it ever be needed.

After paying child support, man learns he is not the father

When a couple has a baby and gets married, most people just assume the husband is also the father of the child. In some cases, finding out about the pregnancy is even a driving force between why two people get married. This same paternity assumption also goes on if the couple separates or divorces and can play a role in determining things like child support and child custody.

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