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Research shows fathers receive preference in child custody cases

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in fathers’ rights on Monday, March 9, 2020. It might surprise some Missouri residents that research has found, when it comes to child custody cases, even in situations where abuse is alleged, fathers are given preference over mothers. This goes against the popular belief that mothers are given preference in child custody battles. The research, completed by a George Washington University Law School professor, shows this to be particularly true when parental alienation is claimed by the father and abuse by the mother. According to the findings, only 1 in 51 cases like this are substantiated

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Factors to consider before going to trial

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. It may be possible to dissolve a marriage through settlement talks alone. This can be ideal because it’s typically less expensive to negotiate a divorce settlement as opposed to going to trial. It can also take less time to resolve the matter outside of court because mediation or other negotiation sessions can be scheduled when it is convenient for the participants. A trial will be scheduled for the next available date, and that could be weeks or months in the future. Divorce trials can cost $10,000 or more after

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How to make a divorce less challenging for children

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, February 7, 2020. Missouri parents who get a divorce may feel as though they are struggling to do the right thing for their children. However, while divorce can be hard on children, parents can work together to make it easier for them. Children need to feel free to maintain a normal relationship with both parents. This means being able to express both love for and frustration with one parent to the other without worrying about how that parent will react. Parents should be able to help their children navigate their relationship

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3 ways business assets can be divided in divorce proceedings

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Thursday, February 6, 2020. Divorce presents many financial concerns, but it can be especially worrying for business owners. Individuals invest more than time and money in entrepreneurial endeavors. They also put in a generous amount of blood, sweat and tears to bring their aspirations to life. With your marriage ending, your business may feel like your center of gravity right now. The worry that you may lose control of it in the divorce may be keeping you up at night. Here is a breakdown of the most common options

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Calendars as evidence of activity and expenses in divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Monday, January 6, 2020. When parents in Missouri think about the kind of records they need to gather to prepare for a divorce, a calendar is probably not even on the list. However, a calendar can provide valuable information for parents who need to reconstruct a schedule and list of expenses associated with their children. Deep into the stressful process of divorce, it can be difficult for parents to accurately answer questions about expenses, and a calendar can help. One thing the calendar can do is jog a

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How divorce may affect retirement savings

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Thursday, December 26, 2019. Going through a divorce can be challenging. If the emotional difficulties are not enough, there are also financial issues that arise as well. Missouri residents who have been saving for retirement may wonder what will happen to these savings if they get a divorce. Here are a few basic things a person can expect. The first consideration are the steps that were taken prior to the marriage. If a prenuptial agreement was signed, what will happen with a person’s 401(k) will go by what was

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How child support payments are determined

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Thursday, December 12, 2019. Parents in Missouri and elsewhere in the United States are generally required to provide financial support for their children. This is typically true whether they are married to each other or not. In most cases, child support amounts are determined by looking at a parent’s income and expenses. A judge will also take into account the specific needs of a child when determining how much a noncustodial parent may be required to contribute. When determining a parent’s income, a court can look at a

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Potential reasons to craft a prenuptial agreement

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Monday, November 25, 2019. When couples in Missouri and throughout the country get married, they are granted certain rights. However, they may also be bound by state law as it relates to how property would be divided in a divorce. In may be possible to customize those rules by creating a prenuptial agreement. Prenuptial agreements may also allow one or both parties to waive their right to seek alimony if the marriage comes to an end. Prenuptial agreements may allow individuals to retain ownership of a business or other

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Rumors swirl around actor Ron Perlman’s divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Missouri residents who watch television or enjoy movies will likely be familiar with Ron Perlman. The 69-year-old actor has played a string of iconic characters on both the big and small screens, and he also managed to enjoy the fruits of his success while avoiding salacious tabloid gossip. However, that run came to an end recently when celebrity websites published stories about the end of Perlman’s marriage and his alleged involvement with one of his costars. The “Sons of Anarchy” star says that he separated

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Signs that parents are working well together

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Monday, September 30, 2019. Missouri parents can generally learn how to work together to raise their children after their marriage ends. There are many signs that indicate that a parenting plan is working well such as the presence of clear boundaries. In other words, parents understand that they can’t control what their former spouse does. Instead, they will focus on teaching a child to work through adversity or how to solve problems in a positive manner. Those who are raising children with a former spouse will ideally have

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Allegations of abuse in child custody cases

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Family law judges in Missouri and around the country place the welfare of any children involved above all other considerations in a divorce situation, which is why they take petitions filed by divorced parents who claim that their children are in danger very seriously. However, it is not unknown for people who harbor lingering resentment toward their former husbands or wives to make baseless allegations of emotional, physical or even sexual abuse. This is why courts generally conduct thorough investigations into abuse claims before

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Depictions of noncustodial parents are often misleading

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, June 14, 2019. Noncustodial parents in Boone County, MO, and around the country are often portrayed by the media as either deadbeat dads who do not pay child support or uncaring fathers who put their careers ahead of their children. While such depictions may be appropriate for some noncustodial parents, they are largely based on pervasive myths. The majority of noncustodial parents care greatly about their children and relish the time they are able to spend with them. The deadbeat dad stereotype is especially pernicious. Most noncustodial

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Child custody and living accommodations

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Missouri residents may be interested in learning about a few of the factors that are taken into consideration when determining living accommodations for children after a divorce. The considerations vary by state and even judges. Judges usually take into consideration each parent’s unique circumstances and make reasonable decisions based on this. One thing they will look at is the gender of the child. If a child is a girl and the father is seeking custody or visitation, the judge may want the child to

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