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April 2013 Archives

Mother accused of hiding money for larger child support payout

8301283_s.jpgA 43-year-old mother who is a mountaineer and extreme athlete is being accused of purposely taking advantage of the father of her child in order to receive more than she is entitled to in child support. Her new boyfriend is also accused of playing a role in the scheme that involved deflating her finances in order to secure more than $50,000 a month in child support. Now the three -- the mother, her boyfriend and the father of the 5-year-old -- are all involved in a legal battle.

Single dads can adjust after divorce to be effective parents

14490236_s (1).jpgFor many Missouri fathers, adjusting to life after a divorce can be difficult. This is especially for dads who have to figure out how to connect with their kids if they have shared custody or perhaps only limited visitation rights.

Missouri fathers: Make sure child support orders are enforced

Thumbnail image for 10609239_s (1).jpgIt used to be that mothers were favored in the courtroom when it came to who should receive child custody in a divorce. Typically, the mother would end up receiving primary custody and the father would have visitation rights that equated to every other weekend -- and in some cases -- an additional few nights during the week. The father was also normally the one paying child support to the mother.

Emotions are normal for everyone during divorce

10040090_s.jpgWe live in a society where people tend to bottle up their emotions. Especially when it comes to men, the idea of just sucking it up and getting through a tough emotional time is considered a norm. But, keeping emotions in during a divorce -- regardless of gender -- is dangerous and does not promote healthy healing.

Men looking for alimony in divorce

11406113_s.jpgIt used to be that men almost always automatically earned more money than their wives. This left wives in the situation of fighting for some sort of a fair divorce settlement. However, as the times have changed and women have started to earn more, many now have a higher net worth than their husbands. This means it could be the men looking for alimony from their ex-wives in the case of divorce.

Is it better to file for divorce first in Missouri?

11717348_s.jpgIt is not uncommon for a Missouri spouse to contemplate divorce for quite some time before asking their significant other for a divorce. In some cases, the one who was thinking about filing even learns that their spouse was thinking the exact same thing. However, if it can be helped, filing for divorce first is financially a good idea.

Part two: The role of grandparents after divorce

8702141_s.jpgGiven the fact that grandparents play such a vital role in a child's life, in our last post we focused on why grandparents should maintain relationships with their ex-son-in-laws and ex-daughter-in-laws. This is not intended to create a rift between an adult child and their parent, but rather to strengthen the bonds and maintain visitation time with grandchildren after a divorce.

Part one: The role of grandparents after divorce

10461409_s.jpgWhen adult children get divorced, grandparents often worry about what their role is going to be. Will they get to see their grandchildren as much? Will maintaining a relationship with an ex-son-in-law or ex-daughter-in-law seem like picking sides? How should grandparents talk to their grandchildren about the divorce?

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