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Divorce fraud leads to four years in jail for doctor

51560492_S.jpgA property settlement in a divorce case contemplates all of the marital property of the couple being available for distribution. This typically means all of the bank accounts, real property and any source of income.

Sometimes, in some contentious divorces here in Missouri or in other states, one party may attempt to hide assets, in an effort to prevent their being divided in the property division. This typically happens when one party owns a business or has a professional practice, such as real estate sales, a medical or dental practice or law practice.

The focus of child custody agreement

51595049_S.jpgA child custody dispute can be challenging and exhausting. During the divorce, you will have enough issues to work through that unless it is absolutely necessary, the more you can do to reduce the conflict and stress of your child custody arrangements, the better. One way to do this is to avoid mistakes or other errors during the process that will not benefit your arguments or strengthen your case.

Perhaps the most important is to keep in mind the ultimate goal; the raising of happy and well-adjusted children. This means you need to focus on creating a parenting plan that will truly serve their needs. While you may be divorcing their other parent, that person will, nonetheless, remain their other parent, and you need to recognize that that will not change.

What kind of custody will work for you and your children? Pt.2

49949771_S.jpgIn our last post, we noted that there are five types of child custody employed in Missouri. Joint physical and legal custody has the child or children spending part of their time with each parent and grants both parents legal authority to make significant decisions regarding the children. Nevertheless, there are other variations used in a custody determination, which may be better suited to your specific situation.

Another form of custody is "joint physical custody, sole legal custody." This form of custody has the child living with and spending time with each parent, but vests the decision-making authority solely in one parent. 

What kind of custody will work for you and your children?

35953922_S.jpgFor parents in Missouri, one of the most important features of their divorce settlement is their eventual custody arrangement with their former spouse. This part of their divorce settlement will control the time they spend with their child or children. 

Custody broadly encompasses many aspects of your relationship with your children and your former spouse, and in Missouri, there are five potential forms of custody. The types of custody include:

Missouri court looking for input on child support guidelines

2562346_S.jpgFor parents who have divorced, one of the most important elements of the divorce settlement is the child support obligation. It is important to the parent who receives the payment, to help with the cost of raising the child, and it is important for the parent making the payments, as child support obligations are virtually impossible to eliminate and can have damaging consequences if you fail to make those payments.

This month, the Missouri Supreme Court is gathering testimony from parents around the state for their input on aspects of the child support guidelines. The Missouri court is responsible for the guidelines and looks to those who actually live with child support payments as one way of improving how they function.

The end of a journey?

50325480_S.jpgMarriage is often said to be a journey. With many things, practice makes perfect, so you might expect with couples who have been married 15-, 20- or 30-years, that they would be unlikely to divorce after that amount of time, as they would have figured out how to maintain their relationship and their marriage.

Divorce among long-term marriages used to be relatively uncommon, but in the last few decades, that has begun to change. The change is not unexpected, as many in the current generation of seniors were among the first generation to experience divorce on a wide scale as it gained societal and legal acceptance in the 60s and 70s.

Does it matter what other people think?

7907927_S.jpgAmericans have had shifting views on divorce. At one time, it was less common and was view unfavorably. Then, in the 1970s, with the widespread adoption of no-fault divorce law and the greater participation of women in the workforce, it became more common and more accepted.

According to a recent study, at least in some groups, acceptance of divorce has fallen in recent years as it has become less common. The number of respondents who agreed with the statement, "Divorce is usually the best solution when a couple can't seem to work out their marriage problems," has fallen among college-educated women by 11 percentage points.

Do you have a lot of "complicated externalities?"

11839942_S.jpgTechnology can do a great many amazing things. You can "face time" with a friend across town or in Europe or Asia. You can watch movies and television on your phone anywhere with a cell connection. You can post to your Facebook page and receive nearly instantaneous replies from people all over the world.

You can even use an app to obtain a divorce. The larger question you should ask is whether that is a good idea. There may be couples who might have such simple and straightforward facts for their divorce that using an app to end their marriage could be viable. But those couples may be in the minority here in St. Louis.

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