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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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When litigation gets out of hand

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Friday, September 11, 2015. Divorce is always a paradox of the similar and the very different. Every divorce in Missouri involves two parties who wish to separate their lives from each other. Some require litigation, some are amicable. In some cases, the divorce can help the children by lessening the tension and stress and in others, it makes little difference as the couple continues their battles through the courts.And some are beyond words. It is unclear exactly what is going on a divorce involving a couple and their three

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In divorce court, its women first

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Friday, September 4, 2015. A modern marriage contains many contradictions. It is now seen more as a meeting of equals, with similar interests, tastes and for many, incomes. Yet many relationships still maintain elements of the Eisenhower-era, and women still carry on with much of the traditional domestic duties in the household, sometimes in spite of their working outside the home. This is potentially one reason that women are the ones who are more likely to walk into a Missouri family court in Columbia and file papers to end

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Was your spouse on Ashley Madison?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Friday, August 28, 2015. The recent revelations of the data breach from Ashley Madison, a website used to facilitate marital infidelity, may cause significant problems for millions of couples. For an unhappy spouse, finding your husband or wife had an account may prove to be the tipping point, triggering the filing of divorce papers in a Missouri family court. If you believed your marriage to be happy and you found your spouse’s name, the primary question becomes one of trust. Was your spouse merely “investigating” the site, but never

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What happens to the children in a stepparent divorce?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Friday, August 21, 2015. There are few issues related to divorce that are not complex. The legal issues are always complex and carry long-term consequence. As an example, your parenting plan, especially if you have young children, could control many aspects of you and your children’s lives for the next dozen or more years. While it can be modified, that too, will require a trip back to the Family Court here in Columbia. In addition to the legal matters, there are the emotional issues that can be very difficult

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Divorce and expectation setting

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Friday, August 14, 2015. It is understandable that if you have never been through a divorce, you may not have a firm idea of what to expect. You have read books, seen movies or talked friends and relative who have been divorced, but none of that will likely prepare you for your experience of divorce. Nonetheless, it is important to try and develop the proper expectations before your divorce commences, as that will allow you enter the process your eyes wide open and will minimize your chances of

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How will a divorce affect your children?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Friday, August 7, 2015. The stress of a divorce can cause a great many difficulties for parents and their children. For the parents, there is the emotional disorientation of having your marriage move from exchanging wedding rings to exchanging court filings. There is the confusing and technical language of family law and cold and seemingly mechanistic court proceedings, where you may feel as if you are pawn that is being “talked at” instead of a human undergoing a very difficult life experience. And then there are the worries

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