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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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Income and the chances of divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Friday, May 18, 2018. There are certain factors that may make Missouri residents more likely to get a divorce. One of these factors includes situations in which women begin earning more than their husbands after having entered the marriage earning less or not working. According to a study conducted by Swedish researchers, couples in this situation have a higher chance of getting divorced. One of the reasons for the higher likelihood of a divorce when women begin earning more than their husbands is that it can be difficult for

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Business valuation key in divorce property division

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. When Missouri business owners consider divorce, they may be concerned about the effect of the split on their family business. In many cases, the most significant asset that a couple has is the business, and it can add complex concerns to the property division process. In order to deal with the business accurately and fairly in the divorce, it is important to establish a proper valuation for the enterprise and look closely at how business income affects the marriage. During a high-asset divorce, detailed financial

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The pros and cons of bird nesting

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Missouri residents may have heard of a new trend in parenting after divorce called “bird nesting.” The arrangement allows the children to remain in the family home while the parents take turns living there with them. This type of child custody solution has gotten mainstream attention as the premise of the show “Splitting Up Together.” It features divorced parents who have chosen to live together with their children. One of the benefits to such an arrangement is that it doesn’t involve a lot of

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Tips for handling divorces with children

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Friday, April 6, 2018. Getting divorced is difficult for most Missouri couples as it is. When parents of young children decide to end their marriage, there are a number of additional issues that might arise. They should be careful with how they handle their divorces and their children so that their kids are more likely to emerge relatively unscathed from the process. In order to help their children, parents should ask them if they feel like they are to blame for the divorce. Unfortunately, many children tend to

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Federline wants more money from Britney

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Friday, March 23, 2018. Missouri residents with an eye for celebrity gossip may be interested to know Kevin Federline is seeking a bump in child support payments from pop singer Britney Spears. Federline and Spears have two children together, and he currently receives $20,000 a month from the superstar. Sources indicate his legal team put Spears on notice of his request last month in a letter sent to her father, Jamie Spears. At the time of their divorce, Spears was at a low point in her career and

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Why a child’s relationship with both parents is important

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, March 8, 2018. When Missouri parents get a divorce, they might wonder how they can address the best interests of their children. Some parents might feel it is best if the child lives with them, but in most cases, it is helpful if each parent tries to facilitate the child’s relationship with the other parent. In some cases, this could mean taking extra steps to maintain a relationship when the other parent has done something to make that relationship more difficult. For example, one custodial parent moved

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How couples communicate could be a predictor for divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Many Missouri married couples may be interested to learn that the way that couples communicate could be a major predictor for divorce. One expert, for example, was able to identify four negative communication patterns that indicated that couples could soon be headed for divorce. They included contempt, criticism, defensiveness and stonewalling. Of those, contempt appeared to be the most destructive due to the fact that it indicates that one or both spouses do not respect each other. Treating each other with contempt often includes

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Good reasons to sell the marital home

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Property Division on Thursday, January 18, 2018. One of the most important decisions an Illinois couple that is going through a divorce is whether or not to keep the marital home. While it may be tempting for them to keep it, there may be many reasons not to. In many cases, this asset is tied to guilt, disappointment and anxiety. People may feel guilty about selling the home a child grew up in or upset about having to move regardless of the reason why. In some cases, keeping the home may

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