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

Missed child support payments could have credit impacts

5138797_S.jpgWhen a person has child support obligations, struggles when it comes to meeting these obligations can have major impacts for them. This can particularly be the case if the struggles result in them falling behind on their payments.

Missed payments could lead to a person who owes child support facing child support enforcement proceedings and collection actions (like wage garnishment). As a note though, being subjected to such proceedings and actions is not the only thing falling behind on child support payments could result in for a parent.

What resources will you need for your divorce?

45947878_S.jpgDivorce can be a simple process if you are still very young, have no children, have few assets and your finances are relatively basic. If you were married right out of college, or even during school, and are just starting your careers with modest salaries and your financial portfolio consists of mostly student loan debt, you may obtain a divorce relatively quickly here in St. Louis and go on with your separate lives.

However, if you are in the middle of your career, with a decent income and you have accumulated a home and some investments, in addition to having a couple of children, your property division could be considerably more complex. You need a divorce attorney, potentially an accountant and perhaps other specialized financial professionals.

Shared custody bill signed by Missouri Governor

20360301_S.jpgMissouri Governor Jay Nixon signed House Bill 1550 into law, which will help promote more shared custody and visitation agreements between divorcing parents. The goal of the law is to ensure that fathers are not cut out of the parenting process by unfair and out-of-date custody or visitation agreements.

Research has shown that children of divorce adapt better when both parents are involved in their lives and this law is designed to help judges come to custody determinations that maximize the time the children spend with each parent.

Should you sell your home when you divorce?

A divorce often requires a reassessment of your living arrangements. Questions of whether you should stay in your home, and as important, can you afford to stay in your home arise. If you have children and have lived in the property for any length of time, you may have developed a strong emotional bond with the home. It may contain many of your fondest memories, you child's first steps, birthday parties, holidays and thousands of others.

As strong as the emotional element may be, during a marriage dissolution, you have to recognize the financial place your home occupies. You need to examine whether you really need its space and location.

Divorce can alter your Social Security retirement benefits

7183670_S.jpgOne of the problematic issues of divorce is that it affect so many aspects of your life. You may have to change where you live, the type of car you drive, your relationship with your children, your economic lifestyle, and your future economic situation including your retirement. It even can affect your Social Security benefits.

All of this occurs on top of the emotional upheaval you are also going through, and because of that many people may skip over some of those important financial details. They may find too overwhelming and believe that they can address it at a later time when they are in a better place.

Father's should have chance to share custody

4337560_S (1).jpgA bill has been passed by the Missouri legislature and is awaiting action by the governor that would require that family court judges in the state begin child custody actions with the presumption that if the parents cannot agree, a shared parenting plan with equal time between parents will be the default plan.

The bill is strongly supported by father's rights organizations, who feel that courts often treat fathers as a visitor to their children and not as a parent. One man is profiled in a news story as receiving every other weekend with his son complains that he "is not a weekend dad."

Sometimes, it's the little things

41225380_S.jpgA woman writes about how difficult things were after her divorce. She had two young daughters, who like many young children wanted to Disneyland. She noted that this was something she could not afford at that time, and she told her children that they would go, but she would need to work and save for the trip.

The girls, who were riding around a supermarket at the time in a shopping cart designed to carry two children in a front section that contained steering wheels. The girls were having a good time "driving" around the store. On her way out to the parking lot, she had an inspiration and decided to make this shopping cart like a "ride" at Disneyland.

Understanding divorce and your car loans, pt.2

9865747_S.jpgIn our last post, we were discussing how you could be forced to pay a for a car that your former spouse had been assigned in your divorce.

You may be outraged by this, believing your divorce agreement made them responsible for this vehicle and its debt. Technically, in this situation, you would pay the remaining deficiency balance and then sue your former spouse under the terms of the divorce agreement.

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