With the best of intentions

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Thursday, July 2, 2015. Sometimes a marriage, for reasons far too numerous to list, simply breaks down. With the announcement one day after their 10th wedding anniversary, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner appear to have reached such a point. There have been rumors floating around the couple for the last few months, suggesting that Affleck had moved out of the family home, but a short statement from the couple asking for the privacy of their children to be respected, confirmed that they would be divorcing. It is something of

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A divorce means dividing your debts along with your assets

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Thursday, June 25, 2015. With a divorce in Missouri comes many issues that must be dealt with; child custody and support, property division and alimony. Creating a workable parenting plan can be enormously complex as you try to imagine all of the details of your life after a divorce and how you will deal with what summer vacations and what birthdays will be like and how you will work with your former spouse to hand-off your children, should you decide on shared custody. On the financial side, you need

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How to divorce: it’s your choice

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Friday, June 19, 2015. Divorce is something like an all-you-can eat cafeteria. You can enter the line, and choose a small salad, a single entrée, and a small side or two. You can even skip dessert. Or, you can begin heaping your tray with mounds of food until it is difficult to tell if you still have a plate underneath it all. You and your on-the-way-to-becoming-former spouse can choose forms of divorce that demand very little of the Missouri family courts or take up much of those judges time.

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Surprise twins with two fathers

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in child support on Friday, June 12, 2015. DNA has helped solve many issues. In criminal law, it can be used to identify individuals at crime scenes and has been used in numerous cases to exonerate individuals who have been wrongly convicted of crimes they did not commit. In the family law area, it has been helpful in exonerating some putative fathers who are accused of fathering a child. When a woman requests public assistance in most states, the state agency responsible for child assistance will look to the father to pay

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Is it wise to divorce before your 10-year anniversary?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Friday, June 5, 2015. Divorce among celebrities provides endless fascination. Not only do we feel as if we know them, but the money, glamour and sometimes infamy combine to make watching their courtroom activities irresistible. But you can sometimes learn a few things in the process. The rumor mills are all atwitter at the prospect of a divorce involving Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. The couple is attracting interest as one of Hollywood’s “power couples” and because of the reported $150 million at stake should they decide to dissolve

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Social media use could lead to divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Family law is an important part of the legal practice due to its effect on the safety and stability of all members of a family, including parents, children, and grandparents. Family law covers areas such as adoption and paternity, but most know of divorce. Divorce affects all areas of post-married life, from custody of children to how money is divided between the parties. You may be thinking, “This doesn’t pertain to me,” especially if your marriage is a happy one. You may want to think

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Think about the teenage years when creating a parenting plan

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in child custody on Thursday, May 21, 2015. In order to create a more stable environment for children whose parents are no longer living together, the state of Missouri has required parents to submit parenting plans. These parenting plans are required every time documents related to child custody and visitations are filed with the courts. All decisions of the parenting plan should keep the best interests of the children in mind. Plans can cover child custody, visitation and decision making rights and responsibilities among other things. Parents should be able to look

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Open up to your family law attorney

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Thursday, May 21, 2015. New family law clients have lots of mixed emotions when they hire an attorney. Most are not ready to go through a family law case to begin with. They would rather save their marriage or settle the matter outside of court. Still, many must deal with their family law matter even though they do not want to. Clients then end up explaining to a divorce attorney how this situation elevated to the point where litigation is needed. Since most clients have a hard time

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Missouri child support: Things you should know

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in child support on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Child support stands as a highly contested area of family law. The popular stereotype of child support is that neither part is happy with it. Every movie or television show shows the husband who thinks he pays too much or the mother who wants her husband to spare some more for the children. Although this is a stereotype, many divorce couple actually feel this way. Even though both parties may not be happy with the child support order, understanding how the courts make this

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How do legal separation and divorce differ?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Each marriage and each partner posses concerns that are unique to them. When a marriage breaks down, each partner’s interests will have an impact on the choices they make. When a couple chooses to create their own vows or have a religious and civil ceremony so they are married for legal purposes and by their beliefs, you can see the characteristics of the marriage and the couple. For Missouri couples considering divorce, these interests can play a role in whether they seek legal separation or

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Should children decide when to see a non-custodial parent after divorce?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in child custody on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. What is the best outcome for children after a divorce? For at least a half-century, this question has been debated. In earlier years, many assumed children were better off being raised by their mothers, especially if they were very young. Good or bad, this model continues to this day. Still, it is now more common for fathers to receive full custody than in the past. More and more, courts are trying to allow both parents to be involved in their children’s lives after divorce.

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