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Daughter of ‘Teen Mom’ star living with dad

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, November 26, 2010. ‘Teen Mom’ star Amber Portwood is facing domestic violence and battery charges, and is no longer living with her daughter, two-year-old daughter Leah. According to an All Headline News report, Portwood and her ex-fiancé Gary Shirley appeared at a closed hearing on Tuesday in regards to the placement of the couple’s child. At this point, neither parent has been officially awarded child custody as Leah has been declared a ward of the state, which means a judge, will determine the girl’s guardianship, and appoints a government agency to look over

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Father reunited with son after international custody battle

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Fathers’ Rights on Thursday, November 18, 2010. After 15 months of trying to get his son back from his estranged wife, a Montana man is being recognized as the first person ever to get his child back from the Bahamas using the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. But for the 30-year-old father, all he hopes is that other parents don’t have to go through what he did in order to get back his child custody rights. According to sources, the Montana man’s story dates back to the summer of 2008 when

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Lamar Odom suing ex for visitation rights

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Visitation on Monday, November 15, 2010. Basketball and reality TV star Lamar Odom is suing his ex-girlfriend for visitation rights of his two kids. According to an article in the New York Post, Odom, who plays for the LA Lakers and is married to Khloe Kardashian, wants a judge to set a “parental access schedule,” and also set a “reasonable” amount of child support for his two children, L.J., 9, and Destiny, 12. Odom filed the petition with the Manhattan Supreme Court on Nov. 5. The two children live with mom, Liza Morales, in Manhattan, who is

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Being a peacemaker versus a warmaker

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Wednesday, November 10, 2010. A recent article suggests that the way for dads to have positive results in their custody cases is to be seen as a peacemaker versus a warmaker in the courtroom.  “A peacemaker does not cause disruptions.  A peacemaker is not inflammatory.  A peacemaker doesn’t engage in name calling.” This is the exact opposite of what a lot of fathers believe based on misinformation often disseminated to them. You may think that your soon-to-be ex-wife is evil and vile and think you should tell the judge in writing.  However, the article

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Social media a factor in many divorces

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Monday, November 8, 2010. More and more couples are blaming texting and social media sites for infidelity leading to divorce. In a recent NPR article, “Can Social Media Break Up A Marriage?,” a sociologist and marriage therapist said yes, social media and texting can lead to connecting with new and old flings, which can lead to divorce. According to sources, in one such case, a man and his wife both added text messaging to his and her cell phone plans. And even after his friends mentioned his wife texting all the time, he thought

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Advice for putting the kids first in divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Friday, November 5, 2010. Divorce and co-parenting can often be hard on children. If both mom and dad are always at each other’s throats, a child can feel stuck in the middle and even criticized for loving both parents. But, on a bright note, Dr. Christine Costello, who is a clinical psychologist, recently said she’s seeing more and more divorced parents working together when going through a divorce, therefore, saving a lot of heartache for the couple’s children. A recent Baltimore Sun article looked at how parents can go through a divorce and child custody

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NBA player fighting for custody of two boys

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. NBA player Dwyane Wade, who plays for the Miami Heat, is taking a vow to not give up, only he’s not referring to basketball. Rather he’s talking about his ongoing custody battle. Wade, who’s made headlines during his free-agency decision a few months ago, has also been making headlines as he and his ex-wife and former high school sweetheart, Siohvaughn Funches. The two have been going through a brutal divorce and bitter child custody battle since 2007. Wade wants full custody of both the couple’s children. According to ESPN, Wade

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Men’s rights in Missouri: A quick synopsis and some tips

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Saturday, October 30, 2010. Although many men work off the assumption that they will not get a fair shake in the legal system, there is actually no presumption in Missouri that a mother is automatically entitled to sole custody.  The tender years doctrine (a doctrine that provided that custody of children under 13-years of age should be awarded to mothers) has long been abolished in Missouri. Instead, Missouri law has a presumption of joint custody. When the facts of a case call for it, courts can and do award joint or sole custody to men based

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Paternity cases not optional for unmarried fathers

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, October 29, 2010. With national data showing the out-of-wedlock birth rate somewhere around forty-percent, paternity cases are on the rise and almost as common as divorce these days.  When a child is born, but the parents were not married at the time of birth, and marriage was not an option for whatever reason, the appropriate case for a father to file to determine if he is dad and, if so, how child custody and support should work is by filing a paternity action filed in the circuit court in which the mother

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What if my ex wants to move with my kids?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, October 28, 2010. If you get divorced in Missouri and you have children, or were part of a prior paternity case where a custody judgment was entered, the mother is to provide notice to you before she can move with your children. This is required by Missouri law according to 452.377 RSMo. This statute gives a procedure by which you must give notice that you are moving and what the notice must contain. This applies whether she is moving nearby within the same county or wants to relocate outside the State of Missouri. Temporary moves

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How is child support determined in Missouri?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Thursday, October 28, 2010. Child support arises one of three ways in Missouri: (1) Upon administrative action brought by either parent before the Missouri Department of Social Services; (2) As part of a Divorce; or (3) As part of a Petition for Declaration of Paternity. Child support is usually a monthly payment from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent for the benefit of the child. Payments can be made directly from one parent to another, or through the Family Support Payment Center in Jefferson City, Missouri, and may also be made by employer

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Can you change a child custody order?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, October 28, 2010. After a final decree of divorce or other order establishing custody and/or visitation is filed with a court, it is not always the last word on custody. If a father wants to change an existing, he may file a motion requesting the court modify it. Usually, courts will modify an existing order only if the parent asking for the change can show a “substantial change in circumstances” that affects the welfare of a child. What is a substantial change in circumstances? Courts differ on what they consider a substantial

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Welcome to Our St. Louis, Missouri, Family Law Blog

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. At Stange Law Firm, LLC, we understand how to address your specific needs when it comes to aggressively defending your rights as a father – particularly in the areas of divorce, child custody, child support, visitation, paternity and other areas of family law. Contact our St. Louis Office at 314-963-4700, our St. Charles Office at 636-940-5900 or our Jefferson County (Arnold) Office at 636-296-3060 for more information on how we can help. Our intention with this blog is to provide an opportunity for you to gain insight and become better informed about the legal process of

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