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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Another Thing to Fight Over in Your Divorce- Coronavirus Stimulus Checks

Americans are waiting to see when they will get their checks from the coronavirus stimulus package, which was signed by President Donald Trump last week. The law will give Americans one-time checks to help them get through financial challenges brought on by the spread of coronavirus. The stimulus checks will be based on your tax returns. But for those who recently divorced...

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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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WHAT TYPES OF CUSTODY PLANS ARE AVAILABLE IN MISSOURI?

On October 11, 2018, the Music Modernization Act (H.R. 1551) or MMA was signed into law. Child custody determinations are very important to parents and kids alike. While many child custody cases arrive in court pursuant to divorces and separations, others require judicial intervention at different times in the lives of the parties. Whenever a...

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How to Interact and Communicate with Your Child’s Other Parent (After You Are No Longer Together)

There are often hard feelings between couples after they split up and their children can get caught in the cross fire.If you are one of those parents, this can make co-parenting extremely difficult and stressful, for both the parents and the kids. I got to sit in on a mediation a social worker was doing...

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The New Shared Custody Bill – How to Make It Work for You

Three years ago, Governor Jay Nixon signed into law a "Shared Parenting" bill, known as HB 1550, which basically stated that it is in a child's best interests to have both parents in his or her life. Now there is another that was discussed in the Missouri House and Senate over the past term, but...

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WHO WILL BE AFFECTED BY ST LOUIS COUNTY PROSECUTOR WESLEY BELL’S NEW CHILD SUPPORT POLICY AND WHAT CAN YOU DO?

When Wesley Bell became prosecutor of St Louis County several weeks ago, he stated that one of his new policy changes is that the St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office would no longer criminally charge people if they fail to pay child support. His reason for this is that the non-paying parent is not making...

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THE STATE OF MISSOURI GETS AN “F” WHEN IT COMES TO PROTECTING WOMEN FROM BEING SHOT BY THEIR ABUSIVE HUSBANDS

How many times have we heard this story: a woman gets an Order of Protection against her abusive husband which excludes him from the house and orders that he not come near her. Then, a few days after the order is handed down by the judge, the guy goes to her home, work or her...

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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...

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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...

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