Contested Vs. Uncontested Divorce in Columbia, MO

Divorce can happen for countless different reasons, but they all boil down to two basic types from a legal perspective: contested or uncontested. These distinctions revolve around the acceptable grounds for divorce in a specific state and whether a divorcing couple can reach agreeable terms. In an uncontested divorce, one spouse serves another with divorce papers and the recipient agrees without contest. In a contested divorce, one spouse will dispute some aspect of the proposed divorce agreement, and the case will proceed to court. No-fault divorce laws like those of Missouri can appear helpful in some cases, allowing couples who

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Things that sons learn from their fathers

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, May 14, 2020. If you ever want proof that it’s beneficial for children to have their fathers in their lives, just consider all of the things that fathers teach them. Some of this is taught directly and intentionally; other things are just a product of observing, interacting and spending time together. Naturally, this is true for both boys and girls. Today, however, let’s take a look at a few things that sons can learn from their fathers: How to treat women. This is important in any relationship but especially important when parents are divorced,

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Deployment length linked to divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Military Divorce on Friday, May 1, 2020. If you’re in the military and you are sent overseas on a long deployment, you should know that it can impact your marriage. It may make it far harder for you and your spouse to stay together. One study carried out by the RAND Corporation showed that those with longer deployments had greater divorce risks. Those on shorter deployments also faced divorce risks, but they were not as great. In short, the time that the couple spent apart played a direct role in the

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The Father Effect is real

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, April 17, 2020. Fathers need to be involved with their children. This is true during marriages and after divorce. It is clear from research that having a father figure in their life can help a child in numerous ways. It is in their best interests to get time with their father. As one expert put it: “When fathers are actively involved with their children, children do better.” That statement, while compelling, perhaps does not go far enough. How exactly do children do better? What type of impact

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How fathers can maximize quality time after divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, April 3, 2020. The key to connecting with children is spending quality time together. This does not have to end for fathers simply because they got divorced. They may have less overall time with the children, as they split it with their ex, but they can still focus on quality time when they are together. One big thing they should do is to set adult concerns and obligations aside. Errands can wait. Work can wait. They don’t have to be productive and efficient 100% of the time.

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Military retirement pay and divorce property division

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Military Divorce on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. When military members in Illinois decide to divorce, they may be concerned about some special issues due to their situation. Of course, under state law, members of the military are the same as everyone else, with equal rights to divorce, child custody and property division. However, the divorce process may take a longer period of time if one party is stationed overseas or has been deployed abroad, even though residency requirements are often relaxed for active duty military members. When it comes to property

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Keeping a home after a marriage ends

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Property Division on Monday, March 9, 2020. Those who are going through the divorce process in Illinois or anywhere else may want to keep the homes that they currently live in. The first step in securing sole ownership of a home is to determine its market value. This is important because it will determine how much the other spouse could be owed in a buyout. However, it is also important because the person who wants to keep the house must have the financial resources to do so. A person who can’t

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Officials launch plan to support domestic violence victims

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Friday, February 21, 2020. Illinois officials have raised concerns about domestic violence in the state, with Rockford police saying that they receive around 5,000 calls each year about incidents related to family violence. However, experts say that police calls do not capture the true scope of the problem, as many incidents go unreported and are handled outside the legal system. Advocates say that they are attempting to make the system easier to navigate and more palatable for survivors of domestic violence, launching a project called the Family Peace

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Allegations of abuse are often ignored in custody disputes

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, February 7, 2020. Family law judges in Illinois and around the country tend to prefer joint child custody arrangements whenever possible because children tend to adjust to the realities of divorce better when they spend time with both their fathers and their mothers. Exceptions are made to prevent children being placed in dangerous situations, but the results of a study of 2,000 cases reveals that fathers are often favored in custody disputes even when there are credible allegations of abuse, parental alienation or domestic violence. The National

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How to help children after a divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. One of the biggest concerns Illinois parents have after getting a divorce is making sure that their children will be all right. Some parents worry that their children will never recover and get bad grades in school, take drugs, go to jail, have mental health problems and so forth. However, the reality is that children with parents who went through a divorce can do just as well as children with parents who stay together. Studies have revealed that the quality of the relationship of

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What parents should know about wage garnishment and child support

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Parents who have gone through a divorce in Illinois may wonder how wage garnishment and child support work. A state child support agency and local courts usually initiate and coordinate with the employer of a parent who owes child support. The law allows up to 50% of a parent’s check to be garnished by employers in order to cover child support that is past due. In a case where a parent is not supporting other children or a spouse, up to 60% of their

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