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September 2014 Archives

Don't let your midlife divorce become a midlife crisis: Part I

13241618_S.jpgDivorce at any age is difficult, and the primary challenges of divorce depend somewhat on how old you are and what stage of life you are in. Getting divorced when you are young can be difficult because you may not be very well established financially. Divorcing when you have young children at home also adds the pressures of a child custody battle.

Is a prenuptial agreement in your future? How to have 'the talk'

23557042_S.jpgIf you're getting married and are old enough to have acquired any personal assets - which is basically anyone in their mid-20s and beyond - chances are good that a prenuptial agreement would be right for you. These documents are no longer considered just for the wealthy, and more couples are using prenuptial agreements because -statistically speaking - divorce is a significant possibility.

FBI and airline work together to stop custody-related abduction

29973889_S.jpgWe have previously written about the serious problem of child custody-related international abductions. There have been dozens of cases in recent years of parents who flee the country with their children in violation of a child custody order. Sometimes they flee before child custody can ever be decided.

Study links family income to divorce's impact on children

29272423_S.jpgDivorce, which was once stigmatized, is now a common phenomenon in America. Because of this, sociologists and other researchers have been able to study the effects of divorce on individuals, families and children. In many cases, the results of these studies have provided surprising insights.

NFL domestic violence scandal puts focus on a common tragedy

8726404_S.jpgThe issue of domestic violence has filled news headlines recently, with professional football players inspiring much of the discussion. Many players in the National Football League have been accused of spousal abuse over the years, but few cases have been as public or as shocking as the one involving Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens. Security video from a casino elevator shows Rice punching his fiancé and knocking her unconscious. He can then be seen dragging her out of the elevator.

Stange Law Firm's Unmarried Fathers' and Fathers' To Be Seminar 2014

Unmarried Fathers logo small.jpgStange Law Firm, PC will host Unmarried Fathers' and Fathers' To Be Seminar on October 15, 2014 and October 16, 2014. This free event will be held at Pitchers Sports Pub and Pizzeria at 7pm in Belleville, Illinois on October 15th, 2014 and at Fandango's Sports Bar and Grill in St. Louis, Missouri at 7pm on October 16th, 2014.

Billionaire's divorce could be undone by wife's prenup challenge

26742284_S.jpgWith the divorce rate as high as it now is, more and more couples are signing prenuptial agreements. These documents are a smart way to set the terms ahead of time for property division and other aspects of a divorce, if divorce ever becomes necessary.

Discussing the six basic types of alimony

30807004_S.jpgIn our last post, we began a discussion about alimony, which is also referred to as spousal support or spousal maintenance. The laws governing alimony vary by state, with some states using a fairly generic template that is oversimplified and difficult to customize for a given couple's situation. Thankfully, Missouri laws largely leave alimony awards up to the discretion of judges.

Despite what critics say, spousal support is still necessary

13104689_S.jpgTo many people, the concept of spousal support seems antiquated and unnecessary. Whether you call it alimony or use the more modern term "spousal support," the practice of providing financial support for an ex-spouse after divorce seems to belong to an earlier time. After all, it is very common for both men and women to work outside the home. Aren't men and women equal "breadwinners" these days?

How communicating with your ex can be both civil and productive

30116055_S.jpgOne of the uncomfortable truths about getting a divorce is that in most cases, you will probably need to stay in touch with your ex-spouse even after the divorce is finalized. This is certainly true if you have children and share child custody.

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