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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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