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November 2013 Archives

Should you pay both of your exes equal amounts of child support?

21668852_S.jpgIn St. Louis, people who have children from more than one relationship may end up with multiple child support orders. The orders may not be identical for each relationship. For example, the amount of child support a father pays for a daughter from his first marriage may be more or less than the amount he is ordered to pay for a daughter from his second marriage.

Domestic violence is present in many St. Louis homes

20081754_S.jpgThanksgiving is only a few days away, and many St. Louis residents are preparing for a day, or even a long weekend, full of festivities with the ones they love. However, during the holiday season it is important to remember that not every home is a happy home. Domestic violence may be a plague inside a home in your neighborhood, on your block, or right next door. Domestic abuse or accusations of abuse may exist right under your own roof.

What to do when you fall behind on child support in Missouri

13322990_S.jpgMany fathers and mothers in the St. Louis area are behind on their child support obligations. This is not necessarily because they are bad parents or because they do not want to support their children, but rather because times are tough. Many people are seeing their wages remain flat, or even decrease, while the costs of all of the essentials - groceries, transportation, medicine and clothing - continue to rise. Such conditions can make it very difficult for people to send those child support checks.

Is alimony unconstitutional?

9239905_S.jpgSpousal support, also known as alimony, is a point of contention in many St. Louis divorce cases. Spousal support matters can be particularly complicated because Missouri law does not provide specific guidelines for determining spousal support rights or obligations. This means that courts have broad discretion to either award or not award alimony. 

Missouri stepparents may wish to make relationships official

17732672_s.jpgAs St. Louis-area readers of our blog know, families come in all shapes and sizes these days. Interracial households, same-sex parents and single fathers raising their children might all have raised eyebrows once upon a time. These days, however, what might have been considered a non-traditional family once upon a time is utterly commonplace.

Visitation at stake after father refuses to buy fast food for son

20832908_s.jpgChild custody and visitation cases rarely make headlines in St. Louis unless they involve the rich and famous. One case, however, that involves a family on the East Coast is making national news this week. The case is grabbing the interest of many people, as a father was branded to be unfit after he did something that many parents do.

Man fights for fathers' rights in American workplaces

19877100_s.jpgFathers' rights have come a long way in Missouri in recent decades. Fathers and mothers stand on equal ground when it comes to pursuing child custody, as Missouri law no longer automatically favors women. However, many fathers still face an uphill battle when it comes to family matters.

Do you have a plan for establishing parental rights in Missouri?

9909483_s.jpgWhile strides have been made in recent years to protect fathers' rights, there is still a tendency in some courts to favor mothers over fathers in matters of child custody. But the child's best interests should always be the top priority, and the reality is that children are happiest and develop most healthily when both parents are actively and positively in the family picture.

Parenting styles may clash after divorce

18903310_s.jpgIn Missouri, when parents file documents with the courts related to child custody or visitation, the parents must also submit parenting plans. These plans are intended to help create a stable environment for children. These plans include information related to not only child custody and visitation schedules -- including the holidays -- but also decision making rights and responsibilities and how to handle childcare and health care costs.

Myth-busting: What Missouri men should know about paternity laws

11217945_s.jpgCourts in different states are getting better about making child support and child custody laws more uniform, but there are still differences from state to state. Any parent in Missouri looking to establish child custody rights or establish or modify a support order should meet with a Missouri attorney to explore the available options. Every case is different, and that means bringing your case to court should involve an in-depth look at your particular situation.

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