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Same-sex divorce often raises difficult legal issues

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Friday, February 22, 2019. Almost half a million gay couples around the country have married since the U.S. Supreme Court made its landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015. Research suggests that same-sex couples divorce at about the same rate as heterosexual couples, which means that almost half of these couples have already divorced or will divorce in the future. This is a delicate legal issue because the rules dealing with same-sex divorce are still evolving in Missouri and elsewhere. Before the Supreme Court ended the debate about the legality of same-sex

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Avoiding certain costly divorce mistakes

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Monday, February 4, 2019. Missouri residents who are getting a divorce should take care to avoid certain mistakes during the process. These mistakes can result in very costly consequences in the future. Having certain records on hand is necessary to make informed decisions about certain divorce issues. Once divorce seems inevitable, it is important that individuals begin to obtain records that detail the balances and account numbers for all financial accounts. It is also necessary to have on hand Social Security documents that report a spouse’s earning records and expected benefit payout for

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Divorce is becoming increasingly common among people over 50

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Thursday, January 24, 2019. Older people in Missouri, including those who have been in long-term marriages, are getting divorced in increasing numbers. Two sociologists determined that in 1990 only about 10 percent of people getting divorced were 50 or older. Just 25 years later, the figure had grown to 25 percent. Among these gray divorces, over half of them involve couples with marriages of over 20 years. People at this point in their lives typically have multiple assets when they seek divorces. Real estate and retirement accounts represent two common forms of wealth

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Disparity in attractiveness and divorce risk

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. If one person in a couple is significantly more attractive than the other, this could eventually cause problems in the relationship. An article in “Psychology Today” reported that according to research, couples who are not at similar levels of attractiveness are less likely to have a successful relationship. This was the case despite the fact that in one study, husbands with more attractive wives, as rated by undergraduates, tended to be happier and more helpful to their wives than other husbands. Other research indicated that women who considered themselves

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Addressing child support

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. When parents in Missouri decide to divorce, one area of contention can be child support. In many cases, however, parents are willing to put aside strong feelings in favor of negotiations that center the child’s best interests. These families often forgo lengthy litigation and opt to negotiate child support between themselves. In general, the law acknowledges the importance of both parents providing financial support for their children. When parents have an accurate understanding of each other’s finances, as well as their children’s needs, there is groundwork for being able to

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Tax changes to know about for 2019

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Divorce can be difficult for anyone who is going through it. However, Missouri residents and others will need to be aware of key recent tax changes that may play a role in a divorce settlement. Perhaps the most well-known change is that alimony will no longer be a tax deduction for the payer. This could mean that those who are asked to make such payments will pay less than in previous years. Those who are set to receive payments may try harder to get as much as possible since

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Child custody and visitation

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Usually, when Missouri parents get a divorce, they either share physical custody or one has physical custody while the other has visitation rights. There are actually two kinds of custody. Legal custody refers to which parent has the right to decide what religion the child will be raised in, what kind of medical care the child will get and other major issues. Physical custody refers to where the child lives. The child lives with the parent who has physical custody, but if parents do not share physical custody, this

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How to transfer a home during a divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. When people in Missouri decide to divorce, the family home may be one of their largest and most emotionally charged assets. At the point when the couple must decide how to handle the marital home in a divorce, it is important for both spouses to thoroughly examine their financial circumstances to reach a decision that can help them thrive financially after the split. There are a number of factors that can contribute to that decision, including the amount of equity in the home. This could determine the amount

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Study examines effects of cohabitation

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Couples in Missouri who cohabit before they get married might be more likely to get a divorce, according to a new study. The results of the study, which seemingly dispels popular notions about relationships, were published in the September edition of the Journal of Marriage and Family. Researchers found that the couples who cohabited were more likely to face struggles during marriage. The only time in which this does not appear to be true is in the first year of matrimony. Spouses who did not live together tend to

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A guide to foster parent’s bill of rights

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Thursday, October 18, 2018. In the state of Missouri, foster parents have certain protections under the law. They have the power to make decisions about the daily activities of children under their care, and they are allowed to practice their own family values while remaining respectful of their foster child’s own cultural heritage. All discipline that’s carried out by foster parents needs to adhere to current state law, and it’s purpose must be to direct and teach the behavior of the child. Foster parents have the right to arrange visitation between the foster

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Consequences and solutions when a parent fails to pay support

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Thursday, October 4, 2018. All situations have two sides, including the issue of unpaid child support, as some Missouri parents learn when faced with this situation. Although it is common to associate unpaid support with fathers, hence the stereotype of the deadbeat dad, the reality is that both mothers and fathers find themselves in situations where they fall behind on their payments, sometimes due to situations out of their control. When it relates to family law, however, it is important to understand the consequences for parents who fall behind in their payments, the

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Why some couples might choose a prenup

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Monday, September 17, 2018. Couples in Missouri may hesitate to create a prenuptial agreement because they are worried about how their families will react or even that the agreement could increase the chance they will get a divorce. They might also worry about revealing their own financial problems such as bankruptcy. However, a prenup can build communication between a couple along with important protections if they do divorce. If one person is likely to accumulate debt, a prenup can establish that the other spouse will not be responsible for that debt in the

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Divorce correlated with marrying on special days

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Friday, September 7, 2018. When people in Missouri are planning to get married, some think that they should choose a special date for their weddings. Recent research indicates that doing so is correlated with a higher likelihood of getting divorced, however. According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Melbourne, couples who choose specific dates such as Valentine’s Day are likelier to divorce. The researchers analyzed data from 1 million couples who married. Of the couples who married on Valentine’s Day, 11 percent had gotten divorced within five years and 21

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Establishing child support

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Paying or receiving child support is a matter that many parents in Missouri have to address. The payment is a duty that typically falls upon the noncustodial parent, and the goal is to maintain a financial level of support that comes close to what the child had before the separation. Before a child support arrangement can be established, it is first necessary to establish a relationship between the kid and parent. The act of giving birth typically establishes a woman as the mother of the child. For paternity, however, there

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Reality TV star files for divorce from former football player

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Thursday, April 19, 2018. Viewers in Missouri of “Kendra on Top” may recognize Kendra Wilkinson, who got her start in entertainment as a Playboy model. At the age of 32, she has filed for divorce from Hank Baskett, a former professional football player. They exchanged vows in 2009 and have two children, an 8-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl. With a separation date on her legal filings of Jan. 1, her divorce paperwork requested joint legal and physical custody of the children. She gave irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. Wilkinson announced

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The challenges of co-parenting for divorced fathers

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in father’s rights on Friday, August 10, 2018. Family law judges in Missouri and around the country consider the best interests of the child when making custody and visitation decisions, and that often results in co-parenting arrangements where mothers are the primary caregivers. This can be difficult for fathers who are used to seeing their children every day to accept, but the transition can be made easier, and the emotional damages suffered by the children involved minimized, if both parents work together. Effective communication is crucial if co-parenting arrangements are to be successful. Arguing in front of children

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Divorce preparation steps to take

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. People in Missouri who are getting a divorce may want to take steps to prepare for the divorce itself and for life after the divorce. A divorce has essentially three phases. First, there is the process of filling out paperwork and filing. Next, there is the discovery phase in which both spouses reveal their finances. Finally, there is a settlement. Couples should think carefully about whether divorce is the right choice in the first place. It is a difficult and expensive endeavor. Next, they should research to get a

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