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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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Some first responders blame victims of domestic violence

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Many victims of domestic violence in Illinois may not know what to do when physical abuse becomes an emergency except to dial 911 and hope that first responders will be able to help keep them safe. Family law can provide a temporary restraining order or permanent protective order, but not everyone in a dispute over legal issues will abide by them, meaning that police and paramedics may be needed. The attitudes of first responders may disappoint or even horrify those making emergency calls after

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Men are victims of domestic abuse too

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Friday, January 12, 2018. Illinois men and women can be victims of domestic violence, which is a form of abuse that occurs between spouses or others who are related to each other. Men have the same rights under the law as women do if they are victims of such actions. In addition to hitting or other acts of physical violence, domestic abuse can be inflicted verbally, sexually or psychologically. While extreme events such as violence with foreign objects or murder may get attention from the media, any abuse

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New laws are changing child custody determinations

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, January 11, 2018. Child custody laws have changed in Illinois and many other states in recent years. It was once common for one parent, often the mother, to be awarded primary custody and for the other parent to be awarded visitation on alternating weekends and holidays. Many states have enacted new laws that favor joint custody. The sweeping changes have been enacted in response to lobbying by father’s rights organizations that promote gender equality and equal parenting time. Courts have previously recognized the “tender years doctrine” that

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Ex-wife of Mel Gibson being sued by accounting firm

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Saturday, January 6, 2018. Illinois celebrity watchers might be interested in the latest legal battle for Mel Gibson’s former partner, Oksana Grigorieva. The 47-year-old singer and mother of two is being sued by a forensic accounting firm that alleges that it helped her secure a child support increase from Gibson for their daughter, Lucia. Grigorieva filed for bankruptcy in 2015, and later hired the firm White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna and Hunt to investigate Gibson’s finances for her case to get an increase in child support payments from the

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Why supervised visitation may be necessary

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, January 5, 2018. If there are serious questions about an Illinois parent’s ability to look after their child, a judge may order supervised visitation. This generally means that the person can only spend time with their kids in a controlled setting under the watchful eye of a social worker or another family member. These visits may take place either in a public setting or at the home of another family member. Supervised visitation may be beneficial for both the parent and child. For the child, it provides

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Who gets the pet in a divorce?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, January 4, 2018. Illinois couples who own a pet and are facing divorce might find themselves seeking custody of the pet. In the past, disputes over pets were becoming more common in divorces that ended up in court; however, more recently, pet owners are negotiating who gets custody of the pet outside of court. Traditionally, pets were treated as property to be divided during negotiations. However, Illinois has a law that allows judges to decide who gets custody of a pet during a divorce. To make this

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Domestic violence calls decrease over the holidays

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Friday, December 29, 2017. Illinois residents may be interested to learn that statistics suggest that those experiencing domestic violence are less likely to make reports. Law enforcement officials and local experts suggest that this may be due to potentially maintaining the appearance of family happiness. It should be noted, however, that this does not necessarily equal a decrease in the rate of domestic violence. In 2016, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence reported that the hotline received an average of 829 calls every day. However, the number

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