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Keep holiday stress to a minimum after divorce

You and your spouse made a mutual decision to divorce. You agreed that you would do your best to settle all child-related, property and other issues as amicably as possible in a Missouri court, even though there were issues that have prompted disagreement between you. You have no way of predicting the future; however, you may be able to plan ahead so that you can avoid problems and have a plan of action in mind if a legal issue does arise.

The holiday season is just around the bend, and this time of year often creates stressful situations for recently divorced parents. By keeping a few helpful tips in mind, you can set the tone for a peaceful holiday season but can also be prepared to handle any legal difficulties that threaten your holiday joy.

Child support payments may be used for a diverse range of costs

Taking care of a child is a difficult but rewarding endeavor. Aside from the emotional and physical issues that a child may have to confront throughout their life, they also have many basic day-to-day needs that must be taken care of to ensure that they can live a happy and safe life.

In Missouri, custodial parents who are taking care of their kids on their own may be able to secure child support payments for them from their kids' other l parent.

Establishing paternity can open legal doors for a father

There are several ways that a Missouri man may be designated as the father of a child. If he is married to the child's mother at the time of the birth, then he may be presumed to be the father. He may also acknowledge that he is the father of a child by signing a declaration and including his name on the child's birth certificate.

If a child is born and no father is designated, however, that child may not be able to recognize a legal father until a paternity test is undertaken. A paternity test can determine if a child and a man are biologically related and if the man is a biological parent to the child. Paternity tests use genetic material to compare the DNA of the child to that of the man being tested.

Money may not be a cure for all marital woes

Depending upon who you ask, money may be considered the greatest of goods or the cause of all evil in the world. For those who do not have enough money to make ends meet, the idea of having significant wealth may seem like a dream in which all of their concerns would melt away. However, for those who have seen how money conflicts can tear apart families, the idea of excessive wealth may be a nightmare and something to be avoided.

Missouri residents might be able to correctly guess, therefore, that money is a major factor in many American divorces. While some couples struggle to work through their different ideas about spending and saving, others simply find their marriages to be too difficult to endure when money is tight. A lack of money makes sense as a cause of divorce, but a recent survey suggests that having a lot of money can also be a sign that a marriage could be in trouble.

What courts will consider when making child custody decisions

In the wake of a divorce, it can be very difficult for parents to fully comprehend the challenges that their kids will face as their lives are forever changed. In Missouri, parents are allowed to attempt to work out their own child custody plans, but those plans must ultimately serve the best interests of the kids to whom they will apply. If parents cannot for whatever reason settle these matters, courts will step in and create child custody plans for them.

When deciding how to protect a child's interests and thus prevent undue hardship from befalling them in the aftermath of their parents' divorce, courts will consider many important factors. They will assess whether the parents are prepared to take on custodial responsibilities and in their assessments courts will look at the mental and physical wellbeing of the parents. They will evaluate if the child has stronger ties to one parent than the other, and they will consider any allegations or proof of abuse that may exist in the family's history.

Do you need information on sole custody and joint custody?

Going through divorce may be one of the most trying times in your life. You may have struggled for some time to even come to this decision, and now you have a number of other life-changing decisions ahead of you. In particular, you likely worry about how the choices you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse make will impact your children.

In particular, possible child custody arrangements are likely weighing heavily on your mind. You may not know what type of agreement will best suit the needs of your family and the best interests of your children. Fortunately, you can take the time to gain information on the available options before making any decisions.

What is considered marital property in Missouri?

Many Missouri couples live by the phrase, "What's yours is mine, and what's mine is yours." That is to say, they are willing to share what they have with their partners and expect that what their partners have is also available for their use. However, this collective interpretation of martial property may not be an accurate representation of how property is actually classified under the laws of the state.

Property can take on two different classifications, marital or separate. Marital property is generally considered to be all of the property that two people amassed after they have gotten married. It can include vehicles, homes, bank accounts and even debts. Separate property is property that is under the ownership of only one of partner to a marriage.

AR, MO among states with highest number of women killed by men

By Region 8 Newsdesk | September 19, 2018 at 9:39 AM CDT - Updated September 19 at 4:36 PM

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A new study finds Arkansas and Missouri are among the states with the highest rates of women killed by men.

Arkansas is ranked 4th in the nation for women killed by men, according to a new study by the Violence Policy Center, with a rate of 1.97 women killed per 100,000. Missouri came in 7th place with a homicide rate of 1.84.

What happens if you cannot meet child support obligations?

A Missouri divorce will have serious financial implications for your life, and sometimes, these changes can impact your life for years to come. It can be difficult to manage financial issues after divorce, and sometimes, they may impact your ability to pay child support. When your financial circumstances change, you can feel overwhelmed and unsure of the most appropriate course of action.

One option for you includes the ability to seek a modification to your existing support order. This is a legal change to your existing child support order, which can make it easier for you to make payments without problems or issues. There are certain requirements you must meet in order to be eligible for this type of change to your custody plan.

WHAT CAN REGULAR PEOPLE LEARN FROM THE ANGELINA JOLIE/BRAD PITT DIVORCE?

I am not particularly interested in the Jolie/Pitt divorce from a celebrity standpoint, but as a divorce attorney the ups and downs and drama is something that I see with some of my own clients, just on a much larger (and far more expensive) scale. Interestingly enough, the resolutions are not all that different than what I would have predicted with my own clients, which shows that people are all basically the same, even if they play superheroes in movies and have billions of dollars and perfect bodies. 

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