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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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Child custody orders aren’t set in stone

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Monday, April 1, 2019. Missouri residents may be able to have a child custody order modified if events warrant a change being made. Generally speaking, a change will be made if a parent is putting the child’s safety in danger. The same could be true if the child doesn’t want to spend time with the parent or if a parent is ignoring the terms of the order. If a parent relocates or dies, it may also be necessary to make changes to a child custody arrangement. If there

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Reports of support disputes between Ewan McGregor, ex

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Thursday, October 4, 2018. Missouri fans of Ewan McGregor may be aware that the actor and his wife of 22 years, Eve Mavrakis, announced in October 2017 that their marriage was at an end. It later emerged that the two had separated in May. Later that same year, a relationship between McGregor and actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead became public. According to court documents, McGregor and Mavrakis are now in a dispute over spousal and child support payments. McGregor has been making support payments to Mavrakis since January, but

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What happens during child custody proceedings

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Parents in Missouri who must go through child custody proceedings might wonder what to expect. The courtroom for a child custody hearing is usually smaller than other types of courtrooms, and fewer people will be present. It is important for parents to dress appropriately for a court appearance. Parents should also prepare for questions such as what kind of living arrangements are in place for the child and what kind of emotional support the parent can offer. An attorney can help a parent with

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Court rules that children of divorce need both parents

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, June 15, 2018. Missouri couples who are going through divorce proceedings may have special concerns if children are involved. A recent court ruling in Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s marital split has brought to light how courts often look at child custody and visitation. The couple separated and eventually divorced due to allegations of child abuse raised by Jolie against Pitt in 2016. Pitt was later cleared of the accusations. As far as the couple’s children, however, the court has ruled that Pitt is to be allowed

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The number of women paying alimony is rising

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Historically, upon dissolution of a marriage, the husband was far more likely to be required to pay child support or alimony. However, times are changing across Missouri and the rest of the United States. Due to shifting roles within a family, courts are beginning to order support paid by the wife to the husband. According to a recent study, 45 percent of all family law attorneys noticed an increase in women being ordered to pay alimony over the past three years. The study, authored

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