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Tom Cruise may end up in child custody battle

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Monday, July 2, 2012. In news heard around the world, actress Katie Holmes filed for divorce from actor Tom Cruise. And while there is already a lot of speculation regarding why the couple may have divorced, it appears that Cruise may have quite the fight on his hands as Holmes wants primary child custody of their 6-year-old daughter Suri. Holmes filed for divorce from her husband of five years on Thursday citing “irreconcilable differences.” According to sources, she is seeking sole custody and primary residential custody. There is

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Domestic violence situations can arise in child custody exchanges

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. When it comes to child custody matters, emotions can run high. One parent may feel like he or she came up short after the divorce or separation, which can lead to animosity. In some situations, one parent dropping a child off with another can even be viewed as a way of continuing to be defeated. Sadly, these types of thoughts and emotions at times end up leading to domestic violence situations that put both the parents and children at risk. Recently there were two

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Family law: How to deal with an ex during a milestone celebration

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Mid-June is a common time of year for not only graduations, but also for other celebrations like weddings, starting a new career and even moving. These milestones are ones that everyone looks forward to — children and parents alike. However, there can be an added unnecessary level of stress for the children of parents who are separated or have gone through a contentious divorce. Risa Garon, who is the executive director of the National Family Resiliency Center, works with children and adolescents and hears

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Child support tips for Missouri fathers

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Unmarried Couples on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Many times we talk about child support obligations in the context of divorce. However, it is important to remember that parents who were never married when they had a child can still have child support obligations. These obligations should be taken very seriously, as not paying child support could lead to wage garnishment and even possible jail time. When it comes to child support in Missouri, there are a number of things to keep in mind. The first is that it does not matter

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Separation frequently leads to divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Legal Separation on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. In Missouri, there are no official separation requirements before a couple files for divorce. However, it is quite common for many couples to separate in order to give themselves time to figure out exactly what they want to do: Either try once more to stay together or file for divorce. Statistically, when a couple does separate, it greatly increases their chances of getting divorced. One recent study even found that roughly 79 percent of couples who separate later go on to file for divorce.

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Study finds emotions play role in divorce negotiations

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. It should come as no surprise that during the divorce process it is quite natural and normal for a wide range of emotions to come up. Some husbands may feel guilty for filing for a divorce, while some wives may be angry that the marriage did not go as intended. Others may just regret that the marriage could not work out. However, what’s important to keep in mind is that it is often these different emotions that end up influencing how a divorcing couple

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Missouri Senate passes bill that addresses child neglect

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Friday, May 25, 2012. Child safety is of utmost concern for people in Missouri and across the country. The Missouri Senate has successfully passed Senate Bill 628. This bill addresses several different matters. One of the most important issues addressed as part of this bill is child neglect and abuse. The bill creates a Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. This committee will be comprised of seven members from both the House and Senate. The purpose of the new committee is to study child neglect and child

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