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Wendy Williams negotiating divorce after 21 years of marriage

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Friday, October 18, 2019. Wendy Williams, the host of a daytime television talk show, has her own drama going on behind the scenes that may interest her viewers in Missouri. Her marriage of 21 years has unraveled amid allegations of her husband’s infidelity. Although their divorce has yet to be completed, Williams will reportedly pay her estranged husband $250,000 as part of an interim financial agreement as they continue to negotiate the terms of their divorce. The money is meant to pay for his new housing. In their initial divorce filings, Williams petitioned

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Politician seeking divorce after 30 years of marriage

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Thursday, October 3, 2019. Sarah Palin and her estranged husband have both filed divorce claims against each other after 30 years of marriage. The 55-year-old and her husband do not seem to completely agree with the reasons for the divorce. With divorce rates for older couples still climbing, Missouri residents 55 and older might be interested in the outcome of Palin’s divorce. The couple share five children, but only one is a minor. Palin’s husband is asking for joint custody of the 11-year-old. In his divorce filing, the husband claimed that the couple

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Custody determinations focus on the child’s best interests

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Thursday, September 19, 2019. Among all the issues to be decided in a Missouri marital dissolution, child custody determinations are perhaps the most emotionally charged. While no one would disagree that the child’s best interest should be the highest priority, reasonable people can reach different conclusions over the optimal way to reach that standard. If the divorcing couple can agree on a plan that works for them, the court will usually approve it. If no agreement can be reached, however, the court then has the duty to establish a custody determination. Initially,

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Misunderstandings about divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Friday, September 6, 2019. When spouses living in Missouri decide to divorce, they may not totally understand the legal, social and financial ramifications. While ending a marriage is never an easy decision, it’s also important for individuals who are struggling in their relationships to know what they can expect from the divorce process. Many spouses opt to end a marriage because they are constantly in conflict with their partner. While it’s true that divorce splits partners up, the couple will have to interact in the future if there are kids involved. Individuals who are unable

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Seniors face unique challenges during divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. In Missouri and across the country, more people than ever are divorcing after age 50. This poses some unique challenges that aren’t faced by younger divorcing couples. Anyone 50 and over who is considering a separation should become familiar with those challenges first. One of the biggest issues people face is financial. Divorce can wreak havoc on an individual’s finances, and those age 50 and over are at an especially high risk. That’s because people in this age bracket do not have enough time to make up any losses

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Fathers have rights to their children as well

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in father’s rights on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. After a divorce, both mothers and fathers in Missouri could be entitled to legal or physical custody rights to their children. Legal custody refers to a parent’s ability to make decisions about how the child will be raised. These decisions could include the type of medical treatment a son or daughter might get or where they will go to school. If a parent has physical custody of a minor, the child stays with that parent. It is possible for parents to split physical or legal custody of a child. When

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Bizarre and unusual reasons for divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Friday, July 26, 2019. While many couples in Missouri divorce over disagreements about money or children, some have more unusual reasons for separating. Some divorce lawyers are turning to an online forum to report the most unusual or petty reasons they’ve seen for seeking a separation. For example, one man complained that he hated the sound his wife made when she was chewing at the dinner table. Another man claimed his wife had attempted to place a curse on him. A woman said she had decided to divorce her husband because the dog

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Divorce between Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos finalized

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Thursday, July 11, 2019. Some Missouri residents may be aware that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos, an author, were going through a divorce. On July 5, three months after the couple announced on Twitter that they had reached a settlement, a judge finalized the dissolution. In April, MacKenzie Bezos said on Twitter that Jeff Bezos would keep 75% of their shared stock and would keep voting control of her shares even after the property division. MacKenzie Bezos will keep a 4% stake with a worth of over $38 billion. This makes

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Complex divorces and interpreting student loan debts

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Monday, June 24, 2019. In Missouri and across the United States, divorce is an emotional experience that leaves many spouses feeling lost and confused. From asset protection to child custody issues, divorce can seem overwhelming emotionally and physically. Couples with student loans need to address the issue concerning which spouse bears the legal responsibility for resolving the student loan debt. A couple may not realize that a student loan debt existing before their marriage does not belong to both spouses. In this case, a judge typically decides that the spouse with the student

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There are remedies for parenting time interference

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in father’s rights on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Some Missouri couples who have children find their relationship improves once their divorce is finalized, and they are settled in their respective new homes. For others, the same conflicts that prevented the continuation of the marriage make post-divorce contact problematic. However, where those problems rise to the level of causing one parent to interfere with the other parent’s time with the children, it may be necessary to return to the family law court to address the issue. Matters of child custody and child support are in many cases

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Helping children adjust to life after a divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Recently divorced parents in Missouri can take steps to make the transition into a two-home life easier on their kids. First, parents should make it easy for children to keep up with the schedule. For younger kids, a large calendar posted in a common area can help. Older children may want to keep track with their Google calendars or other apps. Parents can facilitate a smoother transition by making sure the kids don’t have to pack every time they go back and forth between their homes. Having to repeatedly

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Studies look at effects of women’s higher earnings on marriage

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Monday, May 13, 2019. Women in Missouri may be more likely to make more money than their husbands did in previous generations, but this does not make their marriages more stable. Marriages in which wives earn more than their husbands could be more likely to end in divorce. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that around 38% of wives are bigger earners than their husbands. However, attitudes toward husbands who are not the main breadwinners in the family have not kept up with these changes. A survey by the Pew Research Center found that 25%

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Valuing stay-at-home parents’ contribution in a divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Monday, April 29, 2019. The decision to divorce can be troubling and difficult for many people in Missouri. For the 25% of American mothers who stay at home to raise their children and the 7% of fathers who do the same, the end of a marriage can be particularly worrying. They have spent years outside of the workforce, and, as a result, they may face a much more difficult time obtaining a competitive salary after seeking a job. They may also need additional education or training in order to obtain employment that can

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Learning lessons from high-profile divorces

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Thursday, April 18, 2019. St. Louis residents may be interested in Jeff Bezos’ divorce and the lessons that divorcing couples can learn. One lesson that this high-asset divorce teaches people is the importance of the divorcing couple forming their own unified narrative. Both Jeff and his wife came out with a joint statement explaining that although they were getting a divorce, they were going to remain friends. This aimed to put and end to speculation and to people taking sides publicly about the divorce. The reason why this could be a good idea,

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Seeking sole custody of a child can be challenging

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Thursday, April 4, 2019. Family courts in Missouri might hesitate to grant a parent sole custody of a child. This action would place physical and legal custody in the hands of only one guardian. In such a situation, the other parent without custody will generally still have access to children in the form of visitation. However, they will lose the ability to make legal decisions concerning the children. This contrasts with joint custody that could grant both parents the right to make legal decisions for their kids. Due to the serious nature

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Factors that affect the cost of a divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Ending a marriage is rarely simple for Missouri couples. There are a number of factors that should be considered in addition to the social and emotional toll divorce takes on an individual. One of the biggest factors is the expense. Whether a person uses an attorney or not, divorce almost always involves taking a financial hit. However, if a divorcing couple plans ahead, they may be able to save themselves money. The cost of a divorce in the United States is about $15,000 per person on average. This cost includes things

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Many factors contribute to the “gray divorce” trend

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. The good news for most couples planning to tie the knot in Missouri is that overall divorce rates have declined over the past few decades. However, this isn’t true among one notable age group: individuals 50 and over. While the term “gray divorce” was first used around 2004, it’s a trend that has existed longer than that. The stigma attached to ending a marriage has diminished, but this isn’t the only reason why some people choose to split later in life. Finances, for instance, can contribute to the decision

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