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Husband claims domestic incident a ‘big misunderstanding’

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Thursday, April 4, 2013. A county attorney who was recently arrested after an alleged domestic violence incident claims the entire situation was a big misunderstanding. And while he claims the incident is something he and his wife are going to work through, in the meantime a special prosecutor is going to be deciding just how the case will be handled. Not much is known about the alleged domestic incident except that the county attorney was brought to jail on a misdemeanor charge of assault causing bodily injury family

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Supreme Court to hear arguments in Baby Veronica case

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Monday, March 25, 2013. For the first time in 14 years, the U.S. Supreme Court is getting ready to rule on whether the Indian Child Welfare Act can stop an adoption, even if that adoption was granted by the custodial parent and done in accordance with state law. The ruling is expected to set precedent to future ICWA cases. In this case, at hand is whether or not a non-custodial parent can invoke the ICWA in order to block an adoption from taking place. The ICWA was created

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Unmarried parents face unique challenges in Missouri

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Unmarried Couples on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Marriage is not necessarily for everyone. In fact, there are plenty of couples in Missouri who live together, share living expenses and have children, yet are not legally married. Of course, there is nothing wrong with these arrangements at all. However, when children are involved — and the parents split up — it can quickly become complicated. For example, let’s say a couple was together for 10 years. For half of that time the father stayed home to raise the children while the mother

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High-asset divorces can be quite complex

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. There are certainly signs of trouble in the divorce process when each side cannot agree on the stipulations of a divorce. For example, if a Missouri father is not willing to only have every other weekend visitation rights or pay out thousands of dollars in alimony, but his soon-to-be ex-wife is insistent on these things, this could be a sign the two will end up having to go to court to reach an agreement. Looking to the future, this could end up being the

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Hand surgeon with national chain jailed for unpaid child support

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Paying child support in Missouri is not an option. Rather, it is a payment that typically the noncustodial parent has to pay — by law. In cases where payments are not made, the parent who owes can be expected to be contacted by the Missouri Division of Child Support Enforcement. This division specifically works with custodial parents to help locate a noncustodial parent who is behind on child support payments. Falling behind on child support — or just not paying at all — can

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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. The 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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