Meeting health insurance needs following a divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Thursday, August 1, 2019. As people in Springfield begin to plan for their post-divorce lives, one element that often comes to the forefront of their minds is how they will replace the financial support they had been receiving from their soon-to-be ex-spouses. Those who were not the primary income earners in their marital homes may be justly concerned as to how they will now see to their own (and potentially their children’s) needs. Child and spousal support can help meet their day-to-day needs, but what about unplanned expenses such

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Can grandparents in Missouri seek visitation rights?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Monday, July 22, 2019. You likely have as much love for your grandchildren in Springfield as you do for your own children. Thus, whenever any issue arises that may limit your access to them, you may justifiably want to fight for visitation rights. State family courts recognize that children are typically better served when they have as many loving supportive figures in their lives as possible. Thus, they may indeed consider your petition to be granted official grandparent visitation rights if and when the situation calls for it.

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How can I cope with a divorce I didn’t want?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Saturday, July 6, 2019. Going through a divorce is never easy, even when both parties are on the same page. However, the process can be even more difficult when your spouse was responsible for initiating the divorce. This can leave you reeling and may even cause feelings of intense loneliness and abandonment. MyDomaine.com offers the following tips to help you cope with an unwanted divorce. If you have a shared social circle with your ex, you might find some of them keeping their distance after the ink has dried

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Is gaslighting a problem in my marriage?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Domestic abuse can be both physical and emotional in nature. Gaslighting is one tactic that abusers use to make the victim question reality and their interpretation of events. Gaslighting involves lies, manipulation, and can be a valid reason for divorce for many couples. Psychology Today explains more about gaslighting so you can tell whether it’s taking a toll on your marriage. Codependent relationships involve an unhealthy dynamic where one or both partners rely on each other to have all their emotional needs fulfilled. In abusive

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Knowing when an alimony award may be likely

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child & Spousal Support on Monday, June 10, 2019. It has been detailed on this blog in the past that the awarding of alimony in divorce cases in Springfield is not automatic. Indeed, the court will take a very close look at both you and your ex-spouse to see where you might be financially as well as the circumstances of your marriage and subsequent divorce in order to determine if you should receive it (and for how long). Yet many of those that come to us here at The Stange Law

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Managing summer vacations while coparenting

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Sunday, May 26, 2019. With schools set to get out for summer vacation very soon, parents in Missouri know they will have to adjust their schedules to fit in different routines and activities for their kids over the coming months. For divorced parents, this can be even more complicated as each parent must coordinate carefully with their former spouse. Learning how to do this while still maintaining some structure and consistency for their kids is an art unto itself. As explained by Coparently, divorced moms and dads should

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I have changed my name, what should I do now?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, May 9, 2019. For a variety of reasons, such as a divorce, marriage, or a personal preference for a new name, people in Missouri may go through with a name change. Once this life-changing decision is fulfilled and you have a legally recognized new name, you may wonder what you should do next. To solidify your new identity, there are important steps you should take. Per FindLaw, it is crucial to put your new name into practice. When you fill out applications and forms, put your new

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The what and why of QDROs

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in High Net Worth Divorce on Monday, April 29, 2019. Missouri is an equitable distribution state, which means the family courts strive to split all marital assets fairly, if not necessarily equally. One such marital asset the courts must take into consideration is the higher earner’s retirement plan. The division of many retirement plans require the help of a qualified domestic relations order. According to the IRS, a qualified domestic relations order is a decree, judgment or order for a retirement plan to pay alimony, child support or assets to a former

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