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Make it an easier transition for children during divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, September 6, 2012. Divorce can be hard for parents and children. For the parents, this often leads to the temptation to start buying children gifts in order to cheer them up and to feel better about the divorce. And while this is a natural reaction, the truth is to a child this could look like their parent is trying to buy their feelings, which can of course do more harm than good. Instead of buying gifts to help a child adjust to a divorce, rather parents should

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‘Toddlers & Tiaras’: Dad wants sole custody after pageant costume

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. There’s one thing about allowing a child to participate in beauty pageants. But, it’s quite another if the costumes being worn by the child are not age appropriate and could be viewed at as sexual in nature. For any parent, the thought that a custodial parent is exploiting their child is surely disturbing and could be enough of a reason to take that parent back to court for child custody. This is exactly what is going on now between the mother and father of

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Job consequences stem from domestic violence accusations

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Thursday, August 23, 2012. Domestic abuse is absolutely a very real situation. The abuse can invoke continual fear and emotional trauma, which is why those who hurt others should be held accountable. However, while there are very real situations of domestic violence that happen in Missouri — and around the country — there are also incidents where a person is falsely accused of domestic violence. These false accusations can leave a lasting impact on a person’s life, especially when it’s one parent lying in an attempt to gain

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Marital statuses after military deployments could be in danger

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Military Family Law on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. As many Missouri military personnel and their families know, emotions run high when deployment orders are given. Anxiety, stress, and the overwhelming sense of ‘what if?’ consumes everyone involved. For soldiers, duty to their country outweighs the duties they once had at home. Spouses, on the other hand, must endure months, sometimes even years, of constant worry and the feeling of abandonment. These realities became all too real for one couple when the soldier, a married father of two young children, came home

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Report: More children born to unmarried parents

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Unmarried Couples on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. More and more unmarried couples are choosing to live together. With this trend, over the past several years, there has also been an increase in the number of children born to unmarried parents. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the overall percentage of children born to non-married couples, who were cohabitating, made up 23 percent of all live births in 2006-2010 in the U.S. In 2002, births to cohabitating women made up 14 percent of total births. Data also points to the

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Separation agreements can have implications in Missouri divorces

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Legal Separation on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. Many couples in Missouri who are splitting up face the decision of whether to go with a legal separation or a divorce. Both scenarios have some similarities in terms of reaching agreements, yet both have different implications that can affect a person’s financial future. This is why it is important to learn about both before coming to any kind of agreement. With separation, couples can enter into agreements. These agreements often address similar issues to the ones in a divorce. However, those entering into

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Fathers can face unique issues in divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, August 2, 2012. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, many started to push back against what they considered to be the norm of women being favored by the courts when it came to divorce decisions, like child custody and alimony. At the time many claimed men were routinely being overlooked when it came to family law decisions. Since then, while many claim prejudices still exist, much has changed. Even the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers recently reported more mothers are being ordered to pay child support. And,

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Some find boosts to career after divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. For Missouri residents, going through a divorce can be tiring and stressful. For some, depending on their work situation, the divorce can also end up hindering or advancing their careers too. One particularly tricky area can be if two spouses work together or own a business together. If the divorce is rather heated, this can lead to serious work complications. Take for example one couple who owned a business together. At one point during the divorce, one spouse ended up finding themselves locked out

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Stress of deployment can lead to military divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Military Family Law on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Military deployments put a certain stress on not only those in the service, but also on their families. In fact, a recent Johns Hopkins University study found civilian spouses suffer from the same types of post-traumatic stress symptoms that their military husbands and wives go through upon returning home from combat. The fact that civilian husbands and wives also go through many of the same symptoms only adds to the risk of having troubles within the marriage that can lead to divorce. One

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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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