Missouri judge grants father custody after years-long battle

When it comes to a dispute over the custody of a child, the best interests of the child have to come first. Not all children have access to both parents, but if they do, each parent can play a huge part in the development of the child. Unfortunately, though, fathers' rights are often overlooked. One...

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Father now a fugitive after years of dodging child support

It's no secret that parents don't always get along or remain together after the birth of their child. Whatever the situation, however, both parents have an obligation to ensure that their child receives adequate care and support. Even if one parent never sees the child, that parent may be required by law to pay child...

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How do lifestyle clauses work in prenuptial agreements?

When a couple decides to get married, the prospect of divorce may be the last thing on their minds. Nevertheless, divorce is a real possibility in many cases, and many couples consider a prenuptial agreement in case things don't work out. These agreements and the choice of clauses included within them can have a direct...

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Man who dodged child support jailed for faking bankruptcy

It's no secret that divorce is emotionally painful for the spouses. However, when children are involved, parents have to keep in mind that their kids' well-being has to come first, and child support is a common factor in protecting the best interests of children. The amount a noncustodial parent owes in child support is determined...

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Proposed legislation could protect Missouri fathers’ rights

It is natural for parents to seek both personal time with their children and the opportunity to make important decisions about their future. However, many states, including Missouri, do not automatically grant fathers' rights to the biological father of a child after a separation. The man must first establish paternity, which gives him the right...

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Missouri couples discuss benefits of planning for divorce

Whatever the circumstances of your marriage, times and people change. Many couples reach a point where it is time for a fresh start. If they choose to go their separate ways, both parties need to reach a number of agreements concerning finances, possessions, child custody and the decision to file for divorce. For some couples...

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Professor’s math algorithm could aid in property division woes

One major problem encountered in divorce settlements is property division. While the goal may be equitable division of marital property, not all divorcing couples in St. Louis agree on how this should be done. Many divorce disputes could stem from this factor alone. To keep emotions from guiding the process, a math professor has devised...

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Missouri marriage rate decreasing as divorce rate remains high

The process of divorce can be a trying one for all parties involved. Worries about breaking the news to friends and family, division of assets and child custody disputes all come to light. All of these factors highlight the commitments of a marriage, especially when children are involved. Nevertheless, every relationship has its ups and...

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Should every father be granted paternal rights?

Establishing paternity rights can be difficult when a father is not married to the child’s mother. Yet paternity must be established to give the father the rights that he deserves. The question of paternal rights becomes even more muddled in a situation such as the one a judge recently ruled on in Nebraska. While the...

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Sperm donor ordered to pay child support

A man who answered a Craigslist ad from two women who were seeking a sperm donor has now been ordered to pay child support. The man claimed to have waived his parental rights, but a district judge says he is still liable for the child's well-being. The judge claims that the parties in question did...

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