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January 2016 Archives

'Brainwashed' daughters returned to dad after being found

7208822_S.jpgMost of the time, after divorce parents recognize that their relationship has changed, but not ended. They must continue to co-parent their children, working together to make sure they are as emotionally and physically healthy as possible as they prepare for adulthood.

Dads must fight for their rights when child is born out of wedlock

19224160_S.jpgThough Missouri's family law has changed in many ways to adapt to our evolving ideas of what a family is, in some ways the law remains behind the times. In one important example, a man is presumed to be the father of a child if the child was born to his or her "natural mother" while the man was married to the mother, or within 300 days of the end of the marriage.

When divorced parents pit the kid against the ex

31020940_S.jpgOne of the most important things you can do as a parent going through divorce is to avoid putting your children in the middle. No matter how you feel about your ex right now, he or she is your kids' other parent. When possible, children generally do better when both parents remain a source of love, affection, discipline and support for them -- even when the parents are no longer together.

Mother ruled 'too poor' to have visitation rights over daughter

14961548_S.jpgA heartbreaking child custody case out of New Jersey may make our Illinois and Missouri readers consider whether a parent can be made to give up his or her rights due to poverty, and whether parents facing the loss of custody have a constitutional right to an attorney.

Study: divorce risk rises if you wait until your 30s

27071771_S.jpgOne might think that waiting until after you turn 30 to get married would assure you of being experienced enough in relationships, and mature enough, to give your marriage a better shot at lasting than if you got married young. But a study indicates not getting married until your 30s or 40s is no bulwark against divorce. In fact, your marriage may be more likely to fail than if you had married in your late 20s.

St. Louis woman seeks 'custody' of frozen embryos after divorce

3226154_S.jpgMany divorces require the spouses or the judge to determine child custody. Much less common is a legal determination about what to do about embryos. But with alternative forms of conception becoming increasingly popular, perhaps it was inevitable that such a case arise in Missouri.

More about the changes in Illinois' Parentage Act for 2016

38365694_S.jpgLast week, we discussed Illinois' Parentage Act of 2015, and how it will introduce different terminology into the state's family law statutes. The words we use can make a big difference. For example, as we mentioned back on Dec. 24, state law will now use the gender-neutral term "parent" instead of "mother" and "father" in child custody and child support matters.

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