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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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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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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Should You Get a Divorce Now or Later?

Lawyers and accountants often push their clients to plan for unpleasant events. Better to be prepared now than to pay the consequences later. But the Republican tax law that took effect in January has added a new urgency for wealthy Americans contemplating divorce. Several key changes in the law may determine whether it is better...

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10 Great Pieces of Divorce Advice

People thinking about a divorce don't always get the best guidance from others when they are starting on their journey.  Well meaning friends, family members and unscrupulous attorneys may mislead you without even meaning to.  So here are some important things to think about if you are thinking about going down this path: 1.  Make...

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Why Trump’s tax plan may spur more divorces

Looming End of Alimony Write Off has Divorce Lawyers Telling Clients to Act FastRepublicans may pride themselves on upholding family values, but their new tax law could soon lead to a surge in married couples calling it quits. Lawyers are counseling couples considering divorce to do it this year - before a 76-year-old deduction for...

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12 Inspiring Quotes from Celebrity Moms and Dads About Co-Parenting

A reprint of an article by Taylor Pittman for Huffington Post. In maBabies-on-red-carpet-MAIN.jpggazine interviews and television appearances, the co-parents of Hollywood have made it clear that the experience isn't always simple and easy, but have also stressed that it is possible to remain a loving family after a separation or divorce. Here are 12 quotes...

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5 Tips for Surviving Joint Custody with a Combative Ex

When we finish up a "high conflict" custody case in which my client is dealing with a very combative other parent, I always just know that my client is going to have a very rough road ahead for the next 18 or so years.  The following article, from Divorcedmoms.com is by Shanon Lee and it...

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Nesting: Is It the Best Arrangement for the Kids?

The following article is from the NY Times, about a concept called "nesting".  I have had some clients try it and to be honest, it didn't seem like it worked well for anything but a very temporary basis.  Nesting started in cities like New York, where real estate is SO expensive that divorcing parents couldn't...

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“MY DIVORCE IS UNCONTESTED”, OR IS IT?

Most everyone probably has heard that an uncontested divorce can save people a ton of time, money and aggravation, so it is usually the goal of at least one of the parties to the divorce. Because of that, many people call me and tell me that they need to hire me to do a non-contested...

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