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Missouri bill to expedite unmarried parent custody issues

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Unmarried Couples on Friday, March 1, 2013. When it comes to parental rights, unmarried parents in Missouri should be treated the same way as married parents. This is why a Springfield representative has introduced House Bill 566 in order to expedite those child custody cases involving unmarried fathers. Under this proposed bill, if a child custody issue arose, and a paternity judgment has already established who the biological father of the child is, these cases could be handled just as promptly as those involving parents who were once married. This would

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Are changes necessary to pension payouts in military divorces?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Military Family Law on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Like is the case with any Missouri divorce, there are two sides to every military divorce. While in some cases couples were married for more than 20 years before getting a divorce, in other cases spouses got married early and divorced early. Considering both of these marital situations are very different, some want to see changes made to the ways in which military pensions are split up among ex-spouses. The 1982 Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act gives states the ability to treat

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Tony Danza divorce saga: Just what is a legal separation?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Legal Separation on Thursday, February 14, 2013. It was recently reported that after 24 years of marriage, Tony Danza is officially divorced. Danza, the star of “Who’s the Boss,” and his second wife, Tracy Danza, filed for divorce in March 2011. The two cited “irreconcilable differences.” At the time of the filing, the two had already been legally separated for a number of years. In fact, when the divorce became official earlier this month, this was already more than six years after their legal separation. Upon hearing this news, many might

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New 2013 tax rules may complicate your divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, February 7, 2013. It has been reported for many years that the month of January sees more divorce filings than any other month. Exactly why that is remains a relative mystery however; the fact is that it is also a period when many people begin contemplating their annual tax returns. The timing of a divorce can always affect a person’s tax return but with the passage of the federal American Taxpayer Relief Act, things may have just gotten even more complicated for those seeking a high-asset divorce.

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Divorce teaches father how to parent

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, January 31, 2013. Divorce can be no doubt challenging for fathers. Going from seeing their children day-in and day-out, to only during scheduled weekends and weekday visits can be quite challenging. This, on top of the emotions and frustrations associated with a pending divorce, can at times feel like the worst thing in the world. However, the truth is that in many ways a divorce may be a blessing in disguise. One father, who was also a stay-at-home dad, recently shared his experience. At the time of

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Cheating more common than many might think

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, January 24, 2013. There are many reasons for a couple to break up, including infidelity. Cheating, whether it was a one-time thing or something that happened multiple times with multiple partners, is something that can break the trust in a relationship. The Normal bar, which was an extensive survey polling more than 100,000 people, found that 33 percent of men and 19 percent of women have cheated in the past. Of those who have cheated, 23 percent of men and 17 percent of women said it happened

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Divorce and the start of co-parenting

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Friday, January 18, 2013. Breaking the news to a child that mom and dad are going to get a divorce is never easy. But, it is something that needs to be done with both parents in an open and loving way. This will ensure the child is not harboring any feelings of blame and can rest assured knowing their parents still love them. From the point of view of a child, especially a young child, it can be rather confusing as to why their parents are getting a

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Stange Law Firm, PC to open office in Franklin County, Missouri in Union

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC on Friday, January 18, 2013. Stange Law Firm, PC, a family law firm with offices in St. Louis (Brentwood), St. Charles, and Jefferson County (Arnold) and St. Louis (by appointment only), Missouri and St. Clair County (Belleville) and Madison County (Edwardsville), Illinois, is now opening an office in Franklin County, Missouri in Union at 5 South Oak, Union, Missouri 63084. This new office office will better serve the firm’s clients in the Franklin County, Missouri. TheĀ opening is February 1, 2013. The family-law attorneys at the Stange Law Firm, PC regularly represent clients in

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NFL player accused of domestic abuse

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Monday, January 7, 2013. Recently, Robert Sands, a safety who plays for the Bengals, was arrested after allegedly physically assaulting his wife. The football player was arrested Friday morning. The incident reportedly took place in the couple’s home. Not much is known about the alleged incident, but it is known Sands was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault in a domestic incident. His wife was also supposedly treated in the hospital with minor injuries. While not much can be spoken to this case — as the details are

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Should sperm donor be responsible for child support?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Unmarried Couples on Thursday, January 3, 2013. A 46-year-old man, who answered an online ad by a couple searching for a sperm donor, has found himself in a rather unusual spot as the state’s authorities are now asking him to pay child support and for any state assistance the mother of the child already received. However, the man claims he was nothing more than a sperm donor and that the three had a written agreement stating he was not financially responsible for the child in any kind of way. Looking at

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Not just the holidays: Domestic violence a problem all year long

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Friday, December 28, 2012. One domestic violence counselor said the phones ring for help all year round. In her experience, there is not an increase around the holidays. Rather, there’s an increase when there are situations where alcohol, drugs and social expectations are involved. Sure, this could be hosting the Christmas dinner, but it can also be any situation where people are gathering and drinking or using drugs. From a family law perspective, claims of domestic violence can have a real impact on everything from child custody to

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Missouri parents supporting adult children going through divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Legal Separation on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. When a husband and wife decide to file for divorce, the decision affects everyone in their immediate circle. Typically, when we talk about separation or divorce we tend to focus on how it will affect children. And while this is still a concern for many, it’s important to also address the fact that many adult children end up moving back in with their own parents following a divorce. For the parent of an adult child who is going through a divorce, this can be

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Dennis Rodman could end up jailed if he doesn’t pay child support

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, December 13, 2012. Flamboyant retired NBA player Dennis Rodman was recently ordered to pay his ex-wife half a million dollars in owed child support. If he does not pay, the 51-year-old will most likely end up in jail. In addition to having to pay the child support, with the threat of jail hanging over his shoulders, Rodman was also sentenced to informal probation. In this case, while the story of Rodman owing child support and being ordered to pay $500,000 made the news due to his celebrity

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Relationship with in-laws has effect on Missouri marriages

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Friday, December 7, 2012. It is no secret that many do not always get along with their in-laws. Many times, a mother-in-law is accused of being too prying, while a husband is accused of being too distant when it comes to his wife’s parents. And while naturally the relationships with in-laws can become quite stressful, it also turns out that these relationships may have an impact on a couple’s risk for divorce. The study followed 373 couples over a 26 year time period, starting in their first year

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