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Intimate partner violence and divorce

With family law matters, all sorts of hurdles can arise. However, there are some unique situations that can make it even more difficult for people to work through the process of ending their marriage or handling other family law issues, from custody disagreements to child support. For example, some people are accused of or subjected to intimate partner violence, which can complicate things considerably. Our firm recognizes how essential it is for people in this position to be careful as they make their way through divorce or handle other family law issues.

If you have been accused of abusing someone in your family, the allegations could have a major impact on the outcome of your family law case, even if you are innocent. At the same time, you or one of your children may have been a victim of family violence, in which case it is vital to carefully work through your situation. First of all, you should do what you can to protect yourself or anyone in your family who has been subjected to abuse. Not only should you focus on preventing abuse in the present, but you should also do what you can to ensure that domestic violence never effects your loved ones again.

Divorce in the digital age

18892160_S.jpgThere are all sorts of issues that can factor into court decisions when it comes to divorce-related matters, such as custody and how to distribute marital property. From a spouse's income to accusations of domestic violence, you may have to consider many different angles when it comes to the end of your marriage. However, social media can also play a role in divorce, in some cases. Our law firm is very familiar with the multitude of pressures that you may be facing if you are going through the process of ending your marriage, including those related to social media, which some people do not realize can have an impact on the outcome of your case.

When working through a divorce, it is vital to be mindful of the things you share online. In fact, posting something that is very harmful could have negative consequences. If your spouse has falsely accused you of a serious offense or has shared information that you believes poses a threat, you may want to consider bringing this up in court. There are other challenges related to technology that can come into play with regard to divorce. For example, your spouse's infidelity through an online account could even be the reason why you determined that divorce was necessary.

Working through divorce with an illness

16311387_S.jpgMany different factors can play a role in the challenges people face during divorce, such as depression and financial challenges. With flu season approaching, some people may fall ill and have additional difficulties while working through the process of divorce. Aside from the flu, there are many other health complications that can make divorce tricky in Springfield, and elsewhere in Missouri. If you are struggling with this issue, it is essential for you to prevent your illness from leading to unnecessary and additional hardships during the divorce process.

There are many reasons why an illness could make divorce trickier. For starters, it may result in sleep loss and feeling under the weather, draining you of the energy you need to focus on your case. If you are struggling with an illness, it is pivotal to remain focused and do your best to prevent the illness from interfering with your divorce. Moreover, if divorce has become necessary, you may be considering pushing off the end of your marriage until you recover. Ultimately, it is best for you to focus on the smartest course of action given your individual circumstances.

Looking at some of the benefits of joint custody

51583198_S.jpgParents who are struggling with child custody may face all sorts of problems. If you are going through a custody dispute, you may know how upsetting these issues can be, especially in comparison to some other family law matters that may not have as much of an impact on your children. Whether you are unsure of which factors the court will take into consideration when looking at your case or you simply want to gain a better understanding of different types of custody arrangements, our law firm knows how helpful it can be for families in Springfield and other parts of Missouri to review their circumstances closely. For example, you may want to take a closer look at joint custody and some of the perks associated with this option, depending on the details surrounding your divorce.

Sometimes, joint custody is not an option. However, when parents can move forward with joint custody, they may be able to experience various benefits. For starters, joint custody can result in lower levels of stress while allowing children to have both of their parents remain a part of their lives. Sometimes, custody disputes and other types of custody arrangements can lead to serious tension between parents and this can also affect children. In some cases, these hardships can be minimized or even eliminated through joint custody.

Reviewing the rules for parental relocation

36950453_S.jpgLike many divorced parents in Springfield, you may worry your ex-spouse will decide to move away and attempt to take your kids along. Or, along the same lines, that you might be asked to relocate for your job. Either event would almost assuredly throw your custody arrangement into flux. Not to worry; we at the Stange Law Firm are here to tell you that your ex simply cannot up and move without telling you, or that you will be unable to rearrange your agreement in order to accomodate your own relocation. 

Say that you did need to move away. According to Section 452.377 of Missouri's Revised Statutes governing domestic relations, you need to give notice of your intended move to all parties involved in your case (including your ex) at least 60 days prior to you relocating. In that notice, you must the following information: 

  • Your new address (or the city you will be living in if you have yet to find a residence)
  • The phone number of your new residence (if known)
  • The date you intend to move
  • A proposal for a revised custody agreement. 

How do I split a retirement account?

13371859_S.jpgIf you and your spouse have decided that you are going to get divorced in Missouri, you have no doubt wondered how you will split your assets and your liabilities. For many people, a home and a retirement account tend to be the largest and most valuable assets they have. While it may seem that splitting a 401K account should be relatively simple, special care must be taken in order to avoid paying out high penalties and taxes that essentially eat up a lot of your hard-earned savings.

The United States Department of Labor explains that when a person removes money from a 401K account for reasons other than for retirement, they may be assessed early withdrawal penalties as well as income tax. You may be able to prevent these assessments by using a qualified domestic relations order. This allows your spouse to be named as an alternate payee on your account. Money can then be distributed directly to them, taking you out of the equation altogether.

Divorce issues and stress

49160602_S.jpgWhether you are in the early stages of planning your divorce or have already split up with your spouse, you may encounter stress as a result of divorce issues. At Stange Law Firm, we know the variety of reasons why this occurs in Missouri. For example, someone who is preparing to file a divorce petition may be unsure of the way that divorce will impact them and they may worry about having financial consequences or how ending the marriage will affect their ability to spend time with their kids. Even after a divorce is finalized, spousal support, child support, and other family law matters can generate anxiety.

In order to combat the emotional toll of splitting up with a spouse, there may be various strategies you should consider. For example, speaking with your marital partner may help prevent confusion and simplify the process of divorce. That said, this is most certainly not possible in some cases, especially divorces which are very contentious. By going over the details of your divorce case and understanding how laws could affect you (such as the way in which courts determine how to split up marital property), you may be able to enjoy some peace of mind through preparation.

Seasonal work and child support obligations

42892638_S.jpgAs a parent who is required to pay child support, you may have all sorts of concerns, questions, and responsibilities. For example, you may have fallen behind on your child support payments or worry about your ability to stay caught up. At Stange Law Firm, we also know that some non-custodial parents encounter child support problems due to the seasonal nature of their job.

Some people do not have steady income throughout the entire year for many different reasons. For example, some jobs may have an abundance of work in the summer and relatively little in the wintertime. Or, workers in certain fields may be laid off during a particular time of year. If your income changes substantially, you may have a hard time paying your child support. However, it is essential to keep in mind that child support obligations do not automatically vanish just because a worker is facing financial problems due to being temporarily laid off or even fired.

Can fault affect spousal support?

54898560_S.jpgFor couples going through divorce, an array of legal challenges can create complications. In Springfield, and around Missouri, some couples struggle with spousal support, also known as alimony. For example, they may disagree on how much should be paid or one party may worry that they will be unable to make payments on time. For couples in this position, speaking to a legal professional may help. Moreover, it could be useful to go over the ins and outs of spousal support, such as understanding how courts determine how much should be paid.

According to the Utah Legislature, there are an array of issues that are reviewed by courts when making decisions related to spousal support. While many people are aware of factors such as each party's income and financial standing, some do not realize that fault can play a role in how alimony is awarded. In fact, if one party was at fault in a way which played a substantial role in the couple's decision to split up, the court will review what happened. Examples of fault include a person threatening the life of his or her spouse or child, physically hurting a spouse or child, and committing adultery.

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