There are things worse than divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in child custody on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. The potential effect of divorce on children causes many people here in Columbia to pause before they consider that legal solution. Various studies over the years have suggested some children of divorced parents may not do as well as those of non-divorced parents. This leads many to decry divorce as detrimental to children. Of course, blanket statements, especially when dealing with something as varied as families and divorce, often fail to accurately describe all circumstances. For anyone who has grown up with parents who

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Alimony in Missouri; don’t count on it

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Friday, November 20, 2015. When some couples divorce, the question of alimony may arise. Alimony, or maintenance as it is known in Missouri, is being awarded to more men, as some women now out-earn their husbands. Unsurprisingly, women are no different from men when it comes to their dislike of paying maintenance to their former spouse. A recent study finds an increase in the percent of men receiving alimony nationwide increased 0.5 percent, but still only accounts for about 3 percent of the total alimony recipients. Alimony is becoming

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Do you want to risk a mistake with your divorce?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. For most legal matters, you can “do it yourself.” This may appear to be an attractive option for many Columbia residents in need of a divorce. After all, what more do you need to do than fill out some forms you could find on the internet and take them to your local Missouri family court? And of course, there is always an example, also to be found on the internet, of someone who did it on their own, and they are stating how happy they

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Not really broken, but time for a change

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Thursday, November 5, 2015. Once upon a time, when a couple divorced, it was often for “bad” reasons. There was adultery or some form of spousal abuse. Before the advent of no-fault divorce, many states required a showing of some “wrongdoing” on the part of the other spouse. At that time, people spoke, in hushed tones, of “broken marriages.” In Missouri, and many states, that is no longer the case. So, for some couples who have lived for decades together, there may come a time when they realize that

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The holidays and your parenting plan

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in child support on Thursday, October 29, 2015. If you have completed your divorce in the Columbia area and are now getting used to your child custody arrangement or parenting plan on a day-to-day basis, you should note that the first of a string of holidays is coming up soon. Halloween arrives this weekend, and it may be your first experience with your children and dealing with the realities of shared child custody. Perhaps Halloween is listed in your parenting plan and you knew well in advance that you would have your

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What’s in a name?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Thursday, October 22, 2015. Divorce will bring many changes to your life. Some are expected, such as no longer living with your spouse, and needing to assume many of the duties and responsibilities your spouse may have handled when you were married. Some may be not-so-expected. But the more you think through those potential changes before your divorce is final, the better you can set your expectations and those of others. Take something as seemingly simple as your last name, if, as a married woman, you assumed your husband’s

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Are you sure you checked everything off?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Thursday, October 15, 2015. One reason you want to work with an attorney during a divorce is their experience. They have gone through the process many times. Maybe not personally, but as an attorney they are likely to have handled many divorces. And not only is their perspective not clouded by emotions of sadness or anger, they have the advantage of having seen the process multiple times. This gives them a great advantage. For many people, their divorce is their one and only experience with a divorce and, in

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Divorce: the goal is to successfully settle

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Friday, October 9, 2015. Most divorce agreements in Missouri are negotiated settlements between the two parties. Divorces are typically settled because going through with a courtroom trial can be very time consuming and expensive. Since the economic consequence of a divorce can be sufficiently problematic, there are few instances where a trial would be seen as cost effective. In some divorce cases, involving the very wealthy, issues may proceed to trial, with the judge making the ultimate decision. But even in these circumstances, this can be risky, as you

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Why you probably don’t want DIY divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Friday, October 2, 2015. If you and your spouse have decided to divorce, you know money is going to be an issue. Both the cost of filings the divorce paperwork in the courthouse in Columbia and the need to split up your marital assets. Perhaps you figure that if you handle the legal documents and avoid hiring an attorney, you can at least save that cost in the process. It could work. You will probably read stories on the internet of couples who have divorced successfully and who

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“Something must be built in its place”

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Saturday, September 26, 2015. A mother, after a divorce, put it this way, declining to label it on the dichotomy of good/bad, she said, “It is a recognition that what existed is irretrievably broken and that something else must be built in its place.” She had to children and after a short marriage, she and her husband realized their relationship was “irretrievably broken.” And while that was something that was sad, it also was something that just “was.” Towards the end, she had felt constant anger toward her spouse.

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Serving your country should not cost you your children

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in child custody on Friday, September 18, 2015. Military service members give much in the service of their country. They often spend years overseas on extended deployments, and during the last decade or so, they have frequently spent time in combat zones, risking their very lives every day. And while there is much discussion of how they are heroes, if they have children, they may find their treatment is often far from heroic. This story involved a woman living in Florida, but given the number of servicemembers deployed, including those from elements

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