How can you get the best child support arrangements set up?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child & Spousal Support on Thursday, April 23, 2020. You know that it’s important to protect your children. You know that they are your responsibility and that you should cover child support since you won’t have them in your care a majority of the time. The only problem you have is that the amount of your support is far too high. Your financial circumstances aren’t quite the same as they once were. What can you do? How can you still have a good quality of life while providing for your child?

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Getting less time with your child? Make it quality time

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, April 10, 2020. As a parent, you want to spend a lot of time with your child. The real question is, though, what is fair? How much time is enough actual time spent together, and how much time is really spent doing other things? Sometimes, it may seem like you have less time with your child, but that might actually mean you have more quality time to spend together. If you’re facing a situation where you may have less time with your child than the other parent,

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Equitable distribution can work to your benefit

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Friday, March 27, 2020. Even at the best of times, a divorce is a complex situation. You’re ending a relationship, but unlike relationships where you weren’t married, you’re obligated to go through your assets and be fair in how you divide them. Missouri is an equitable distribution state, which means that judges who are asked to divide your marital property will divide it in a fair way. This isn’t necessarily the same as dividing your property equally. For example, if you earn more than your spouse but both of

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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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