If My Ex Remarries Does That Affect Child Support or Maintenance?

When people move on with their lives after a divorce and remarry, there can be some significant financial changes that may impact the previous spouse as well.   How it impacts you depends, more than anything, on whether there is a court order for maintenance (formerly alimony) or child support, or both. Marriage & Maintenance If...

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School is Starting Soon and My Ex and I Cannot Agree on In-Person or Virtual Learning. What Do We Do?

There is a lot of discussion in the news about schools reopening and whether kids will attend in-person, virtually, or a combination. While many are giving parents the choice of in-person learning or virtual learning, what happens if there is a choice and you and your child’s other parent cannot agree? Who Has Legal Custody?...

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What Is Going On With The Courts Now That The State Is Getting Opened Up?

*Featured photo taken from https://wp.stlcountycourts.com/ Courthouses, even in the best of times, are like pools of germs. You have people from every walk of life in there, including people that are incarcerated, sick, old and young. Some people get all dressed up before they go to court, others don’t even seem to think it’s necessary...

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How To File For An Order Of Protection While The Courthouses Are Still In Shutdown Mode

The St Louis County Courthouse is still in a partial shutdown and not open to the general public. However, if you or your child has suffered abuse or feels threatened or afraid of your spouse, the child’s other parent or your partner, you should file a Petition for an Order of Protection as soon as...

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Back to Business, with Some New Changes

After two months of practicing law from home with college students, dogs, and crappy printers, I am finally starting to transition back to my office in Clayton. The traditional way of having meetings and consultations with lawyers has always (for clients) involved having to schedule the meeting, take time off work, drive to the office...

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NAVIGATING CHILD CUSTODY PLANS WITH CORONAVIRUS

This is a time like nothing most of us have had to live through. I am pretty sure that parents that share custody have a lot of questions about how they can ensure that each parent gets to spend time with the children while everyone is isolating at home. First of all, if there is...

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DO I STILL HAVE TO GO TO MY SCHEDULED COURT HEARING WITH ALL THE CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWNS?

On Monday, March 16, the Missouri Supreme Court (they are in charge of all the courts in the state) issued this: The spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a significant public health concern with the potential to affect daily operations in the Missouri court system. The Missouri judiciary continues to monitor the status...

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Divorce and Self-Employment- What You Need to Know

Divorce involves a bunch of financial calculations, including child support, division of property and debts, and sometimes maintenance. These are somewhat uncomplicated tasks if the parties both work jobs where they have a regular W-2 income, and if all they own is possibly a house, cars and household goods. This becomes much different if one...

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College Planning & Divorce

Planning for your kids’ college can be stressful as an intact family when parents start to realize what it is going to cost and how far away your child may be moving.  It is usually something that the parents and the future student sit down and discuss together. So it is that much more complicated...

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Who Gets to Keep Pets in a Divorce?

WHO GETS TO KEEP PETS IN A DIVORCE? My favorite child has 4 legs and floppy ears (my son doesn’t read this blog but if he did he wouldn’t be surprised).  Most people that have pets are very bonded with them and the thought of losing the pet in a divorce is unimaginable. With increasing...

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