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Study: Distance has impact on fathers’ contact with children

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Fathers’ Rights on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. A study that looked at the involvement a noncustodial father has with his children pointed to one of the biggest factors coming down to how far away he is living from his kids. This distance can be due to the father choosing to live farther or closer, but also if the mother decides to relocate the children. The study looked at parental involvement of approximately 23,000 people over a 14 year period. In order to determine how often the father saw their children, the mother was the one who

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Missouri father fights to get daughter back from Costa Rica

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, February 25, 2011. A Missouri father has been fighting to get his 2-year-old daughter back since 2009 when the girl’s mother abducted the little girl and moved to Costa Rica. And even though both the Missouri courts and Costa Rican courts have ruled in favor of the father having child custody, the little girl is yet to be returned home. The story highlights what must be every father’s worst nightmare: to have their child abducted and taken to another country, and then having to spend years trying to get her back home.

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Failing to pay child support can equal jail time

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Wednesday, February 23, 2011. Failing to pay court-ordered child support is a serious offense and one that most judges don’t take to kindly too. Recently one man was even sentenced to serve 270 days in prison, and five years of probation, for owing more than $55,000 in child support. At this point he’s already served 113 of those prison days, and has been credited for them. According to the judge who sentenced the 38-year-old father, since 1994 when his son was born, he’s only paid child support three times. In response to not

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Father wants custody of daughter who lives in Missouri

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, February 17, 2011. Even though a father used all proper channels when he moved his daughter from Missouri to Iowa, he is still not being awarded full custody. The child custody case goes back to November when the 24-year-old father was contacted by the mother of his 2-year-old and told to come pick up his daughter and that the little girl could live with him. At the time that he picked up the girl, he was even provided with a note from the mother of the child that stated that she was voluntarily having

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Kirk Stange to speak at NBI Advanced Family Law Seminar on March 11, 2011

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, February 17, 2011. Kirk Stange is to speak to attorneys, paralegals, guardians ad litems, social workers and counselor at the National Business Institute’s Advanced Family Seminar.  The seminar will be on Friday, March 11, 2011, from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza St. Louis-Clayton.  Mr. Stange will be speaking about Non-Traditional Family Structures and Paternity Disputes, Effectively Arguing Contempt Issues and Special Issues in Military Divorce. Mr. Stange will spend lots of time addressing issues that effect fathers as it relates to paternity, contempt actions and military divorce. Other

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Divorce can be healthy for kids with co-parenting

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Tuesday, February 15, 2011. Sometimes marriages just don’t last and end up in divorce. And while those times can be stressful on everyone, it is important to stay level headed around children and to not use children as a weapon against an ex spouse. If at all possible, co-parenting is a great option for raising children after a divorce. With co-parenting, each parent has an active role and is for the most part in agreement on how to raise the children. And while it may sound difficult to come to these agreements with a soon-to-be

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Missouri man never gave up in six year custody battle

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Fathers’ Rights on Friday, February 11, 2011. Six years ago – when supposedly suffering from undiagnosed postpartum depression – a mother signed away parental rights of her 3-month old son to another couple, without ever even first consulting with the child’s biological father. Since then the Missouri father has been fighting for custody. The case stems back to 2004 when the child was born. At the time, the Missouri man did not put his name on the birth certificate, choosing to wait until a paternity test could confirm that the boy was indeed his. However, after the

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Grandparents fight for right to see their deceased son’s child

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Visitation on Wednesday, February 9, 2011. A 4th District Appellate Court has upheld a trial judge’s decision to allow a set of grandparents to be able to have their grandchild stay with them every other weekend. However, the battle is not over for these grandparents as now they have to wait and see what happens with the four contempt of court petitions they filed since the mother and child have now moved out-of-state. The entire child visitation ordeal stems back to November of 2008 when the father was shot and killed by his estranged wife’s grandmother. In that case, the

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Two states propose marriage counseling pre-divorce bills

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Friday, February 4, 2011. Right now two states are looking at creating a law to make counseling mandatory for couples who are seeking a divorce. As of now, Nebraskan judges can attempt to order marriage counseling before a divorce, but only if both people agree to it. But, if bill LB408 is passed, in cases where one person wants to save the marriage, a judge would be able to mandate the two to counseling. In addition, the law would also make it mandatory for judges to order counseling for those couples trying to divorce

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Father jailed for unpaid child support

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. Failing to pay child support is a crime that can carry rather serious consequences. Recently a 55-year-old doctor was even arrested at a New York airport for failing to pay court-ordered child support. According to sources he hadn’t been paying for more than 10 years, and owes more than $420,000. Sources also claim that the doctor had attempted to skirt his child support obligations by leaving the country, however, he was caught attempting to illegal enter Oman, and was then deported back to the U.S., where he was arrested

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Helping adult children cope with divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Monday, January 24, 2011. There is no set time and age that a couple decides to get a divorce. Maybe it was after just a few short months of marriage, or maybe the couple decided it was time to split after more than 20 years of marriage? Either way, if children are involved – regardless of their age – the split will most likely have some sort of impact on them. Often times people tend to believe that a divorce is only hard on younger children, however, according to Vicki Lansky, who is an author

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Halle Berry’s ex files for joint custody of daughter

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Fathers’ Rights on Thursday, January 20, 2011. After splitting up in the spring, Halle Berry’s ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry has decided to file for joint custody of the couple’s only child. The petition was filed late last month, and asks for joint physical and legal custody of 2-year-old daughter Nahla, and to officially declare Aubry as the father of the child. According to sources, Aubry decided to file for child custody in order to keep and protect his right’s as a father. And while this story deals with celebrities, and no court decision has been made yet, it

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Missouri representative pushes for “Sam and Lindsey’s Law”

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Tuesday, January 18, 2011. It’s estimated that 350,000 children are kidnapped by a parent every year. To try and combat this high number, one Missouri state representative wants to push a bill through the legislature that would give police officers more access to visitation and child custody agreements. If passed, this new law would allow for Missouri police officers to access a full database of all visitation and child custody agreements between two parents, which means the law would affect not only noncustodial parents, but also custodial parents and those who share joint legal custody.

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Lack of a child visitation plan can lead to complications

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Visitation on Wednesday, January 12, 2011. A lack of a plan for child visitation can lead to easily avoidable spats between two divorced or no-longer-together parents. The importance of having a carefully drafted visitation plan, including holiday schedules, was highlighted on New Year’s Eve after police responded to the home of a University of Pittsburgh football coach for an alleged domestic violence incident. According to sources, things had gotten physical between the coach and the mother of his 1-year-old child, after the woman had attempted to remove the child from his home just because she suspected

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January sees increases in divorce filings

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Monday, January 10, 2011. While many look at the new year and promise to reinvent and start living life on a new track, attorneys across the country are saying they see a trend in January of people who take those resolutions very literally and decide to end a marriage. The trend is so prevalent for people to file for divorce after the holidays that in some circles the Monday after New Year’s is even dubbed “divorce day,” or as WWL reported “Black Monday,” which is a reference to the most popular shopping day,

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Communication is critical in co-parenting

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Visitation on Thursday, January 6, 2011. Raising a child after a divorce can be challenging for both parents, but with clear lines of communication open, co-parenting can be less of a hassle. After a divorce; and the child custody and visitation arrangements are all finalized, it can be easy to feel like a single parent. However, it is important to remember that your child does have another parent, and that their opinions and routines matter and that the two of you are still raising the child together. Aside from being able to make decisions together, it’s also

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Modifications may be available in Missouri after a parent loses a job

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Monday, January 3, 2011. With a downed economy it could be harder to keep a job or even find a job, and because of this, children are suffering financially if their non-custodial parent can either not afford to pay child support, or is paying a lot less than he or she used to. According to sources, right now the states have a number of ways to get unpaid child support, including not only garnishing wages but also unemployment checks. But with almost 10 percent of the population out of a job, and modifications of child support

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