Establishing paternity could be in a child’s best interest

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. After paternity is established in Missouri, a child’s legal father is typically required to pay child support. However, there are other benefits to establishing paternity that go beyond obtaining financial compensation each month. For instance, a child could be entitled to inherit a father’s property or to receive death or other monetary benefits if the father passes on. In many cases, these rights could be forfeited if there is no legal connection between a man and his child. In addition, a child gets access

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Steps in appealing a child custody ruling

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Parents who are unhappy with a judge’s child custody ruling might wonder how they can appeal it. First, they should make sure they understand the rules that are specific to Missouri. Usually, it is not possible to appeal the child custody order until it is final and complete. During the process of determining custody, courts may issue what might be known as interlocutory or temporary orders. These cannot be appealed. The complete custody order that the court finally releases is supposed to include a

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How most divorces unfold

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Friday, February 14, 2020. While not every divorce that occurs in Missouri will follow the exact path from start to finish, there are several steps that generally occur in all cases. For example, the process typically begins with one spouse filing a formal complaint. The complaint will state why he or she wants to dissolve the marriage and propose a process for dividing marital assets. It must be filed both with the court and with the other party to the marriage. The spouse who is served with the summons

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Tips for using retirement funds in a divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. People in Missouri may find themselves struggling financially during a divorce. This may be even more likely if one person is shouldering most of the child-related expenses. Some people think that borrowing from a retirement account could offer a short-term solution, but there are a number of drawbacks. One teacher who did not make enough money to cover expenses for herself and her three children withdrew $100,000 from her 401(k) after her husband stopped putting money into their joint account. However, she ended up with

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Frequently asked questions about divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Missouri residents and others may have many questions about how to get a divorce. For example, they may be wondering how much it will cost to end their marriage. In most cases, uncontested divorces will cost less than contested divorces. However, even if a case is resolved through mediation, it may be necessary to pay for a lawyer and other professionals who will help negotiate an agreement. Generally speaking, there is no way to prevent a divorce from happening. Assuming that the state’s requirements have

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Issues of international child abduction

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, January 2, 2020. It’s not uncommon for a Missouri resident to get involved and marry someone from another country. If an international couple should have children and later separate, many issues could arise. In some cases, one parent will take their child and move abroad. The laws that are applied and the protections conferred depend on whether the countries involved are part of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction. This is a treaty that has been ratified by 98 countries. The treaty states

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Handling finances during a divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. When people in Missouri decide to divorce, there can be substantial legal, emotional and financial consequences at the end of a marriage. Sorting out marital finances can be complex, but planning can help people get through a divorce with their financial future intact. One of the first steps to emerging successfully from a dissolution is understanding the assets that both partners have for distribution. In some cases, one partner may not know much about marital finances, especially if they have not been actively dealing with

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Common challenges women face during a divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. When women in Missouri go through a divorce, they are likely to face challenges that are different than the ones faced by men. Concerns about money, children and where to live are usually ranked the highest on the list pertaining to women’s priorities after a divorce. It’s no wonder that women are often concerned about money after a divorce when looking at the statistics. After men divorce, it is common for them to experience a 30% increase in income. However, women who worked before marriage,

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