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Divorce outcomes vary for stay-at-home moms

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Families in Missouri with a stay-at-home mother may have unique concerns during a divorce. Approximately 25 percent of American mothers raise children at home, compared to 7 percent of American fathers. These include around 10 percent of mothers with a master’s degree or more who have left the workplace in order to raise their children. In general, becoming a stay-at-home mother is a family decision that both parents feel is better for their child. The support of a spouse at home can help the

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More family courts prefer joint custody

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. When Missouri parents decide to divorce, many fathers may worry about losing their relationship with their children afterwards. However, an increasing number of family courts favor shared parenting and joint physical custody as a way to protect the kids’ relationship with both parents. While in the past, courts tended to give physical custody to the mothers, this has changed dramatically in the past 30 years. Child development experts and family courts understand that the involvement of both parents can be particularly important for healthy

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Military divorces bring with them special concerns

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Military Divorce on Friday, March 29, 2019. When members of the military in Missouri consider divorce, there may be particular issues to keep in mind. Some of the most common issues are child custody and support, spousal support and the division of military pensions and other property. Because military families often move frequently or experience long deployments, there may be other special considerations involved when making decisions about child custody. In addition, due to the frequent moves and military lifestyle, the non-military partner is often unemployed or employed in a lower-paying

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Deciding how to claim children as dependents after divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Monday, March 11, 2019. Some divorced parents in Missouri who do not discuss which one of them will claim the child as a dependent on their taxes may end up in conflict. The IRS accepts the dependent child on the return of the parent who files first and rejects the other. In a dispute, the agency applies several criteria to determine who is eligible. Parents take precedence over anyone else in claiming the child. The parent with whom the child lives most of the time is supposed to

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Military members face certain divorce stressors

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Military Divorce on Thursday, February 28, 2019. People in Missouri who have high-stress jobs may be more vulnerable to divorce than people with lower-stress jobs, and military members may be particularly at risk. The career website Zippia examined U.S. census data and found that people who worked at certain professions had a higher risk of getting a divorce by the age of 30. First-line enlisted military supervisors were in first place, with a 30 percent higher rate of divorce, followed by logisticians and automotive service technicians. Military jobs were in 3

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Why parents are required to pay child support

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, January 31, 2019. A noncustodial parent in Missouri may be required to pay child support to the custodial parent. Generally, the child spends most of their time living with the custodial parent. This is referred to as physical custody. Legal custody, which pertains to making decisions about the child’s education, schooling and other important matters, is separate and may be shared when physical custody is not. Child support is calculated based on several factors, including income and standards of living. It is intended to cover basic expenses,

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Prenuptial agreements serve many purposes

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. For Missouri couples about to get married, a prenuptial agreement can be a powerful tool. However, it can be used as a financial planning tool as much as to account for what happens in the event of a divorce. Such an agreement can be helpful for any couple regardless of how old each party is or how much wealth they may have. In addition to determining how to split assets, it can also determine how to account for debt either person brings into the

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Following separation, Usher files for divorce from wife

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Friday, January 4, 2019. Entertainers in Missouri and all over the country aren’t alone in experiencing marital stresses and strains that can lead to the end of a marriage. Case in point: Usher and his estranged wife. The singer, songwriter and actor is divorcing from his wife several months after the couple announced their separation. After six years of dating, Usher married the woman who had previously worked as his manager in 2015. The singer dealt with previous family law matters of this nature when he divorced his

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The process of child support modification

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Monday, December 17, 2018. There are circumstances in which a child support order created in a Missouri court may be altered. For instance, if an individual experiences a change in income, it may result in a change in the amount paid to a custodial parent each month. A child support order could also be altered if one or more children are no longer eligible to receive financial assistance. This could occur if a child turns 18 or gets married prior to reaching the age of majority. When considering

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Handling the holidays after divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. For people in Missouri, the winter holidays can be an especially challenging time to deal with divorce. Even people who are satisfied in their relationships may experience extra emotional stress during the holidays, but families who are separated or divorced might find it particularly difficult to divide time with the children. When people are newly divorced, these uncomfortable feelings can be overwhelming for people facing these issues during the holiday season for the first time. Both parents and children will need to adjust to

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Nesting and co-parenting during a divorce in Missouri

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Co-parenting effectively can be a difficult responsibility when a marriage is breaking up. Parents naturally want a separation or divorce to cause the least amount of stress possible for their kids, and with some careful planning, it can happen. If everyone is able to work together amicably, nesting is a concept that a couple may want to try. According to family therapists, the concept can work well for a brief time with up to six months at the very most being recommended. The idea

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Important financial aspects of divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. There are a number of financial elements Missouri couples need to keep in mind when they are ending their marriage. For example, since alimony payments for divorces finalized after the end of 2018 will no longer be tax-deductible by the payer or counted as taxable income by the recipient, some couples may want to try to wrap up their divorces quickly. However, people should not rush to meet this deadline since the cost of not taking enough time could be even higher. Older people

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Pediatrician sets guidelines for divorcing parents

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Friday, October 26, 2018. In Missouri and across the United States, divorce can be a difficult and emotional experience. For children, a divorce may mean separation from a parent, a change in routine and a new residence or school. Combined, these changes may create distress in a child that can manifest in behavioral changes, emotional outbursts and poor performance in school. In order to handle these changes as a divorcing parent and equip children with the tools needed to persevere, a nationally recognized pediatrician and author has recommended

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Military divorce rate virtually unchanged in 2017

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Military Divorce on Thursday, October 18, 2018. The divorce rate among members of the armed services in Missouri and around the country was 3 percent in 2017, according to figures released in March by the Department of Defense. The Pentagon says that 2017 is the fourth consecutive year that the military divorce rate has fluctuated between 3 and 3.1 percent. This figure is determined by comparing the number of married service members at the beginning of the fiscal year with the number of divorces reported during the year. The Pentagon also

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