USEFUL APPS FOR HELP WITH CO-PARENTING

Parenting with kids’ busy schedules is difficult enough when the parents are in the same house, and many families (including ours) have that calendar on the refrigerator that becomes indispensable in figuring out which child has to be where.  So what about families where the parents are not together and custody time is shared?  Each...

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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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PARENT-TEACHER COMMUNICATION FOR DIVORCED PARENTS

How do divorced parents handle all of these? At this time of year schools are gearing up for parent teacher conferences as well as curriculum nights, high school/college informational sessions and a multitude of other activities that involve parents. How do divorced parents handle all of these? All parents want to be involved in their...

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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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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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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...

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Understanding the Missouri Child Support Payment system

I get calls from clients (and former clients) saying that they have not received their child support payment, or that they don't know how to find out if they are up to date on child support payments. Often I can find the answer to their question very quickly by logging onto Missouri's Department of Social...

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Sports Parents and Shared Custody

As if it isn’t challenging enough to co-parent with your Ex, if you have a child or children that play sports it can make it even harder. For parents sharing custody of children, navigating your parenting arrangement with youth sports almost represents a microcosm of all the issues that can come up in co=parenting. Decision…

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