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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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Parenting after divorce requires focus on the children

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Parenting after a divorce can become quite complicated. Many ex-spouses in Missouri struggle to make the situation work. By maintaining focus on the children and being committed to making co-parenting work, success is possible. Parenting plans are set during the divorce, either agreed to and negotiated by the parents or set by the court. The goal is to smooth the transition and keep both parents actively involved in their children’s lives. However, both parents should be willing to work together and be flexible when it comes to following the parenting

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Dealing with changes to tax law during divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. People in Missouri considering divorce may wish to expedite their plans in order to finalize before the end of the year. This is because there are some changes to federal tax laws that will go into effect at the beginning of 2019. Some of those changes could have a serious impact on the future finances of people who end their marriages. For people who want to ensure they are governed current tax laws during their split, finalizing during 2018 may be a priority. One of the most well-known changes

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Modifying child custody and visitation arrangements

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Family law judges in Missouri and around the country make child custody and visitation rulings based on what they consider to be in the best interests of the children involved. However, their decisions may be revisited when situations change. The courts generally act quickly when children have been placed in situations that have become dangerous due to substance abuse problems or episodes of domestic violence in the household. Child custody arrangements may also be modified when parents die, move to another part of the country or routinely ignore

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Deciding whether to get a prenuptial agreement

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Some couples in Missouri might think that they don’t need a prenuptial agreement if they’re not wealthy. However, there are a number of reasons why a spouse with a lower income may want to create a prenup. For example, a spouse may want a prenup if they have children from a previous relationship. A prenup can outline what property should go to one’s children in case of death. Another reason to have a prenup is if either spouse is bringing a significant amount of debt into the relationship.

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Avoiding mistakes when dividing IRAs in divorces

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Thursday, May 17, 2018. When Missouri couples have IRAs and decide to divorce, it is important for them to make certain that they divide their retirement accounts correctly. If people make mistakes, they may face substantial tax liabilities from the Internal Revenue Service. When one spouse will need to give the other spouse funds from his or her IRA, it can only be done in one of two ways. The account holder can change the name on the account to the recipient’s name if all of the IRA will be transferred. The other way

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Joint legal custody for parents

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Given that the rate of divorce rate in Missouri is above the national average, Missourians are likely aware of the anguish that comes with having to endure custody battles. On the one hand, children often find it emotionally trying to see their parents fight while feeling uncertain about what the future holds for them. On the other hand, not only may parents be terrified that they could end up missing out on a big part of their children’s lives, but they might also be confounded by the amount of

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How to make financial preparations for a divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Friday, April 6, 2018. Getting important financial documents together can be an important first step for spouses in Missouri who are planning to get a divorce. They may want to keep these copies somewhere safe such as in a safety deposit box or with trusted friends. Obtaining credit reports before the divorce is underway gives a soon-to-be ex the opportunity to resolve any errors. A person might also be able to see if the other spouse is abusing a joint account. Establishing personal accounts and credit in one’s own name might also

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Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement announces changes

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. According to the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, in fiscal year 2016, 75 percent of the $33 billion collected was through income withholding. For Missouri employers whose employees have been ordered to pay child support, there may be some changes ahead. One concern is that when it comes to verifying employment, some employers are sending these requests on to third-party processors. These processors in turn charge a fee to child support agencies. While the OCSE has been working with all parties in search of a solution, it is

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Making smart financial plans in case of divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. When couples in Missouri decide to get married, they may want to consider creating a prenuptial agreement. This document can specify which property belongs to each individual as opposed to being shared among the both of them and what will happen to shared property if the couple gets a divorce. Another precaution a person should take is difficult-to-appraise property, such as a business, valued before he or she gets married. A couple that is already married can create a postnuptial agreement. This is similar to a prenup but is prepared

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Getting past fear is key to co-parenting

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. For Missouri parents going through a divorce, the process can seem like a never-ending tug of war with children in the middle. Every parent wants what is best for their child and is usually willing to fight in court to realize that vision. When mediators, lawyers and judges bring up the idea of shared parenting, many people, especially those in high conflict divorces, simply refuse to listen. Although their motives in refusing to consider such an arrangement may be understandable, it might be a disservice to children not

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Is it always wise to play nice during a divorce?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Thursday, February 8, 2018. During a divorce, it is typically unwise to let negative emotions — like jealousy, anger and bitterness — take control. Doing so could drag out a divorce, compromise your settlement and possibly even undermine your parenting rights. Having said that, you don’t need to ignore these feelings and always play nice. Your divorce settlement can affect you for the rest of your life, and you may need to fight for what you deserve. Below, we examine a few scenarios in which a person may need to be more assertive than amicable.

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How to be a good dad after your divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Fathers’ Rights on Thursday, February 1, 2018. At this point, everyone knows that divorce is challenging for the children. At a time when they need the most stability and consistency in their lives, everything seems to be in upheaval and change. But there are things you can do as a father to help your children. If you are committed to helping your kids through the process, you can help them through this difficult time and still raise happy, healthy children. What You Can Do Commit to your kids: The most important thing for your children during

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Divorce may be difficult on your in-laws

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Visitation on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Divorce is never easy. There are good reasons you wish to divorce. but divorce rarely only involves one other person. While you may divorce your husband or wife, there is an entire social network that will be implicated in your divorce. Your children can be particularly thorny as a joint or shared physical custody or visitation arrangement with your children’s other parent is likely to keep them involved in your life for the remainder the years until your children turn age 18, and potentially longer if you are jointly collaborating

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