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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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Many Missouri families plan separation for after the holidays

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Legal Separation on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. Many families already know that this will be their last holiday season all living together under the same roof. In many cases, at least one spouse plans on a separation in the near future. Typically, these spouses tend to wait until once the holidays have passed to start to take steps to end the marriage. Knowing a separation, and in many cases the start of a divorce, is less than a month away can be hard for many spouses, especially those who have children.

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Is infidelity a reason for military divorces?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Military Family Law on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. Military families face unique pressures. There’s frequent moving, long deployments and parental strains affecting the civilian spouse. However, it seems that while many might believe infidelity is an issue among military families, it turns out cheating is no more prevalent among military families than it is civilian families. Recently, these stressors — and the topic of infidelity — were highlighted when news of Gen. David Petraeus’ extramarital affair broke. Many wondered if cheating was a typical concern and frequent reason for divorce among

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Economic factors play a role in divorce decisions

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, November 15, 2012. The economy has an impact not only on our wallets, but also sometimes on our decision to stay in our marriages. In fact, a recent study from Marquette University found that divorce rates actually decreased in the early years of the recession. However, now as the economy has started to rebound, there has been an increase in the divorce rate. So just why is this? According to the author of the study, “Til Recession Do Us Part: Boom, Busts, and Divorce in the United

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Divorce on the rise among older Americans

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, November 8, 2012. We all most likely know someone who decided to get a divorce after the age of 50. It could have been due to any number of reasons, including infidelity, boredom with the relationship, or just wanting to get more out of life. Whatever the cause, it seems to be a trend as there has been an increase in divorce among baby boomers in the last 20 years. In a paper titled, “The Gray Divorce Revolution,” Susan Brown and I-Fen Lin reported a divorce rate

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Unmarried couples need to protect assets and parental rights

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Unmarried Couples on Friday, November 2, 2012. As we’ve mentioned in the past, more and more couples are choosing to live together and have children without first getting married. Of course there is absolutely nothing wrong with these decisions. However, those unmarried parents and couples should think about a few things ahead of time in order to protect future finances and parental rights. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of unmarried couples rose by 74 percent between the years of 2000 and 2009. In fact, now there are at

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Divorced parents can survive the holidays

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, October 25, 2012. Halloween, which many consider the start of the holiday season, is just days away. For parents who went through a divorce in the past year, this can be a tough time, especially if for the first time in years each is forced to not spend the holiday with their kids. But fear not. There are plenty of divorced parents in Missouri who are able to not only survive the holidays, they are able to do it while spending time with their children and building

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Missouri division dedicated to child support matters

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, October 18, 2012. In Missouri, officials work hard to track down and arrest those parents who owe money for child support. In fact, there’s an entire division — the Missouri Division of Child Support Enforcement — that works on behalf of custodial parents who have not been getting their court-ordered child support. This division also works with both divorced and single unmarried parents. When it comes to owing child support, famed record producer Scott Storch found out firsthand the possible implications of not making payments. The producer,

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Don’t let a child custody dispute turn into a domestic situation

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. When it comes to child custody matters, tempers can easily flare between parents. In some cases, these tempers can even flare to the point of a domestic situation, which can only further complicate issues regarding child custody and visitation. This is why police warn for parents to get out of a situation before it gets physical. Rather, deal with any disagreements regarding a parenting plan through the court system. According to police, calls related to child custody and domestic assaults are more common on

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Increase in children born to unmarried parents

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Unmarried Couples on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. The times are certainly changing as the average rate for marriage increases, the divorce rate also increases, and more unmarried couples have children. According to “Household Change in the United States,” which is an analysis based on Current Population Survey data; the once predominant norm of getting married and having children is starting to decrease. In fact, back in 1960 the household rate for couples with children reached 44 percent. In 2010 this same demographic made up just 20 percent of households. Other findings

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Trend: Wives paying maintenance to ex-husbands

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Friday, September 28, 2012. In Missouri, spousal support — also commonly known as alimony — is something that can be permanent. What this means is that unless there is a death, remarriage or a substantial change to circumstance, one ex-spouse could find themselves making payments to their ex for years and years. Over the past few years, there has also been a shift in just who is paying alimony. As more and more women work, many are also climbing the corporate ladder and bringing home more money than

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Father awarded custody after mother became violent

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Friday, September 21, 2012. Family law situations can quickly take a turn for the worst. And while for many families this means more arguing in court and going back-and-forth between who said what, for others the tension can lead to a domestic situation. Recently this was the case for one father who was beat up by his ex. For the time being, he now has full custody of his son and the mother has been charged with interfering with custody, assault with a deadly weapon, battery, kidnapping and

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Returning from deployment is hard on military families

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Military Family Law on Thursday, September 13, 2012. Military deployments are tough on a family. And while many tend to think that everything is fine once the two spouses are reunited, the truth is that often couples have a hard time readjusting to each other after a deployment. In light of the fact that military divorce rates are the highest since 1999, the U.S. Navy has started to address some of the biggest stressors on military families. One of the biggest challenges is not necessarily how to deal with being apart

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