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When a family law issue does not go your way

There are a wide variety of family law matters that people struggle through, whether they are centered around the custody of a child, the distribution of a couple’s marital property, or a child support order. With careful planning and the right approach, some people are able to find favorable outcomes that benefit them for years to come. On the other hand, some people do not secure the end result that they were looking for, which can be especially hard with family law matters.

Unlike other areas of law, which may not have such an emotional impact, family law cases can be very emotionally charged. There is far more at stake than one’s finances or property. Often, family law rulings affect children and their ability to spend time with a parent. As a result, it is understandable that people who do not find the outcome they wanted may feel sad, angry, or stressed out. If you are in this position, however, you could benefit from maintaining your emotions as much as possible.

How can I deal with holidays after my divorce?

If you have gotten divorced or separated in this year, the 2017 holiday season will be your first as a single person in a while. You certainly may feel like nobody around you really understand this but the fact is that many other residents in Missouri and around the country have walked in your shoes before. There are some tried and true things you can do to help yourself find joy this holiday season and to help your children positively navigate what will be a different experience for them as well.

One piece of advice recommeded by PopSugar.com is to make sure you get yourself involved with the people and events around you that celebrate the various holidays instead of giving in to the temptation to hole up and avoid cheerful and warm situations because you fear it might make you miss your prior life too much. You will want to remember that your children can feed off of your emotional guidance and watching you be able to do this may help them do the same.

Divorce and high blood pressure

When it comes to ending a marriage, there are many challenges that people are often aware they may have to face, such as a dispute over child custody or issues with child support. Divorce can be financially and emotionally difficult, but it may also affect people from a physical standpoint. We are aware that some people who end their marriage develop high blood pressure and high stress levels. As a result, our law firm knows how important it is to take steps to reduce stress, simplify divorce, and address any related problems such as high blood pressure.

If your marriage recently came to an end or you will soon be separated from your spouse, all sorts of hurdles can cause you to feel overwhelmed and anxious. For example, you may have a hard time with the way in which marital property was divided, be stressed out over your ability to spend time with your kids, or have concerns about spousal support and child support payments, among many other issues.

Refusal to pay child support in Missouri

26628276_S.jpgWhen divorce is the only answer, children are commonly the focal point of concern. That concern, however, varies depending on the parents involved; shockingly enough, countless children go without child support in the state of Missouri.

When an ex-spouse refuses to meet the agreed payment plan to support a child, that owed money can accumulate quickly. This lack of payment hurts not only struggling (and often single) parents, but ultimately children who end up going without some necessities. What can Missouri parents do in such trying situations?

Intimate partner violence and divorce

41848905_S.jpgWith 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.

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