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Handling the holidays after divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. For people in Missouri, the winter holidays can be an especially challenging time to deal with divorce. Even people who are satisfied in their relationships may experience extra emotional stress during the holidays, but families who are separated or divorced might find it particularly difficult to divide time with the children. When people are newly divorced, these uncomfortable feelings can be overwhelming for people facing these issues during the holiday season for the first time. Both parents and children will need to adjust to

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Nesting and co-parenting during a divorce in Missouri

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Co-parenting effectively can be a difficult responsibility when a marriage is breaking up. Parents naturally want a separation or divorce to cause the least amount of stress possible for their kids, and with some careful planning, it can happen. If everyone is able to work together amicably, nesting is a concept that a couple may want to try. According to family therapists, the concept can work well for a brief time with up to six months at the very most being recommended. The idea

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Important financial aspects of divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. There are a number of financial elements Missouri couples need to keep in mind when they are ending their marriage. For example, since alimony payments for divorces finalized after the end of 2018 will no longer be tax-deductible by the payer or counted as taxable income by the recipient, some couples may want to try to wrap up their divorces quickly. However, people should not rush to meet this deadline since the cost of not taking enough time could be even higher. Older people

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Pediatrician sets guidelines for divorcing parents

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Friday, October 26, 2018. In Missouri and across the United States, divorce can be a difficult and emotional experience. For children, a divorce may mean separation from a parent, a change in routine and a new residence or school. Combined, these changes may create distress in a child that can manifest in behavioral changes, emotional outbursts and poor performance in school. In order to handle these changes as a divorcing parent and equip children with the tools needed to persevere, a nationally recognized pediatrician and author has recommended

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Military divorce rate virtually unchanged in 2017

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Military Divorce on Thursday, October 18, 2018. The divorce rate among members of the armed services in Missouri and around the country was 3 percent in 2017, according to figures released in March by the Department of Defense. The Pentagon says that 2017 is the fourth consecutive year that the military divorce rate has fluctuated between 3 and 3.1 percent. This figure is determined by comparing the number of married service members at the beginning of the fiscal year with the number of divorces reported during the year. The Pentagon also

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Steps parents can take to win back child custody

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Missouri parents might lose custody of their children if a judge decides it is not in the best interests of the children to remain with one or both parents. The child may go to live with relatives, a foster family or the other parent. However, it might be possible for the parent to regain custody. The first step is to understand the reasoning behind the judge’s decision. The parent may have been unfairly accused of abuse or neglect or may have been in violation

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Co-parenting success is a worthy goal for splitting couples

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Friday, September 14, 2018. The most common concern for Missouri parents going through divorce is the well-being of their children and making sure they are able to maintain and nurture a relationship with them after separation. Fortunately, there are helpful methods to create a successful co-parenting relationship. It requires cooperation and the setting aside of egos, but there are countless examples of healthy co-parenting to which one may look for inspiration. The most common theme running through stories of good co-parenting is the commitment from each parent to

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How money helps abuse victims leave their partners

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Thursday, August 30, 2018. Victims of abuse in Missouri and throughout the United States often cite an inability to get time off from work as a reason for not leaving their abusers. When a person chooses to leave a relationship, they need time to meet with attorneys or look for an apartment. They generally need time to engage in the process of recovering both physically and emotionally. While countries like New Zealand offer paid leave for victims of domestic abuse, that typically isn’t the case in the United

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Splitting finances can be difficult in divorces

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Friday, August 17, 2018. Finances are a big concern for Missouri couples going through a divorce. These spouses may wonder what they’ll have left after the property division process and if one income will be enough to support the lifestyle to which they are accustomed as a couple. When it comes to financial issues, a divorcing person should focus on four areas: assets, liabilities, income and expenses. Assets can include bank accounts, stocks/bonds and retirement accounts. Tax implications of any asset being divided should also be taken into

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Many different types of child support cases exist

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Friday, August 3, 2018. Parents in Missouri who have to deal with child support payments may sometimes get confused about the issue. In fact, there are multiple kinds of child support cases. Therefore, parents should understand the importance of knowing what type of case they have. Child support cases that are designated as IV-D are cases in which the custodial parents receive help from the Office of Child Support Enforcement to determine paternity, locate the non-custodial parents or create and implement child support orders. In IV-A cases, the

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Women often face surprises after divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Monday, July 16, 2018. Missouri wives who are interested in getting a divorce may be interested to learn about a survey of women in the same boat. Out of 1,785 women who were polled, 46 percent stated that getting a divorce resulted in unpleasant financial surprises. The participants in the survey included women who were about to get divorced, in the middle of the divorce process and already divorced. Women who were 55 years old or older made up 22 percent of the participants; the majority of these

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Designing a plan to raise children after divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, July 5, 2018. Missouri parents who are getting divorced need to come up with a plan for raising their children based on custody and visitation agreements. While designing such a plan can have its challenges, there are some factors to consider that might help parents through the process. To begin with, parents should imagine how their kids feel about the changes. Children will gain some things and lose others due to this new reality. With this in mind, parents can then figure out the logistics of life

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Divorce and retirement

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Minnesota residents who get a divorce should be aware that the process can have a negative impact on their finances. Individuals who have been divorced have a higher chance of depleting their assets during retirement than people who have not been divorced. According to a study conducted by the Center for Retirement Research, households that have not undergone a divorce have a net financial wealth 30 percent higher than similar households that have been through a divorce. The results of the study also indicate

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Why older people are ending their marriages

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. A gray divorce is one that occurs when a person is 50 or older. The rate of gray divorce in St. Louis and throughout the country is increasing even as divorce rates among other age groups is stabilizing. However, there are many different reasons that could explain this phenomenon. First, the number of people who are 50 and older is larger now than it was in 1990, and that number is projected to grow in the future. A woman’s life expectancy has increased since

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