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Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, and Oklahoma Fathers' Rights & Divorce Law Blog

Back to school challenges after a divorce

39079909_S.jpgDivorce is, at its core, a legal procedure. In dissolves a marriage in Missouri, separating the property and debts of a couple. If you have children, it also contains the custody order or parenting plan that will govern the parent's relationship with their children and with each other until those children reach the age of majority.

Divorce is also an emotional experience made all the more so by the presence of children. As a divorced parent, you have to deal with your emotional feelings toward your former spouse and with your children in your new relationship as a part-time single parent.

Joint physical custody: is it right for your family?

41621163_S.jpgPreviously, we began speaking about current Missouri law, which does not provide that joint physical custody involves equal time with each parent. As we pointed out, the statutory language only guarantees "significant" time with each parent, which can obviously be up to the interpretation of the judge assigned to the case.

Lawmakers in both houses of Missouri congress have proposed changes to the law which would change the statutory language to ensure that parents with joint physical custody have basically equal time with the child. This would ensure greater fairness in the way judges assign parenting time in cases involving joint physical custody. 

Joint custody doesn't necessarily mean equal parenting time

20360301_S (1).jpgDivorce is typically a significantly disruptive event for everybody in the family, both couples and their children. Certainly, children are particularly vulnerable in the divorce process, and need the emotional and financial support of both parents during and after the process. The arrangement a couple has regarding parenting time can make a difference.

Under state law, there are two different categories of custody a family court has to look at when determining custody arrangements: legal custody and physical custody. The difference is that physical custody concerns which parent has possession and care of the child at what times, whereas legal custody refers to decision-making rights and responsibilities. 

What if your child wants to live with their other parent?

39977317_S.jpgOne of the problems with a divorce is that even when you do everything right, the outcome may not be exactly as you hoped. This can occur in a wide variety of situations, but one man describes a situation that may not be all that uncommon.

He has apparently had primary custody of his daughter since the divorce. She lives with him during the year and spends half the summer with her mother, who lives in another state. After this summer, the teenage daughter has asked if she can go and live with her mother. She is not unhappy living with her father, but claims that a teen "needs her mom." The father is uncertain what to do.

Receiving advice from divorced friends/family during a divorce

36163433_S.jpgWhen a person notices that a friend or someone in their family is going through a general type of life experience they have also gone through, like a divorce, one of their first inclinations might be to provide advice based on their own experience. So, one thing divorcing individuals may get a lot of over the course of their divorce is advice from friends and family members who have gone through a divorce.

Such advice can sometimes be of great help. Other times though, such advice could create a confusing situation or not have the intended result. One reason for why well-meaning advice from a divorced friend or family member might not always be a good fit for a divorcing individual is that the circumstances of divorces vary massively, from the personalities and interconnections of the people involved, to the situation that led to the divorce, to the key areas of concerns a given divorcing individual has in their efforts to move on following a split. So, something that worked well for one individual in regards to a divorce won't necessarily work well for another.

For men, does employment situation affect divorce chances?

259126_S.jpgA person's employment situation can affect many things. According to a recent study, one of the things it may impact for men is their divorce likelihood.

In the study, which looked at well over 6,000 heterosexual couples, the divorce chances (for the following year) of men who were employed full-time were compared with those of men who were not. The study found that the estimated divorce likelihood of the men who did not have full-time employment exceeded that of the men who had such employment by around a third.

New design would allow both spouses to keep the home in a divorce

5774322_S.jpgWho wants what property-wise can play an enormous role in divorce negotiations/proceedings. Sometimes, both spouses will strongly desire to keep a certain piece of marital property. For some types of property, one option that might be available in such a situation is to physically split the property, so each person gets some of it.

Other types of property though generally can't be physically split. Houses fall into this category. However, a new housing design that has come up in Europe seeks to change this.

Common points of conflict among co-parents

20360301_S (1).jpgMany things can be a part of a person's everyday reality post-divorce. If they have kids, one such thing can be co-parenting with their ex. While one would hope the co-parenting relationship with one's ex would go smoothly, this doesn't always happen. Conflicts can arise between co-parents over many different things. Some examples of things that can be sources of conflict among divorced parents when it comes to co-parenting include:

  • Scheduling matters, such as last-minute scheduling changes.
  • Household rules, such rules regarding bedtimes and discipline.
  • Inconsistencies in overall household structure for the kids between the parents.
  • Differences in parenting strategies between the parents.

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