How high is the divorce rate in America?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Sunday, April 7, 2019. If you are like many people in Missouri, you have probably heard references to how many marriages end in divorce. For some time now, many people have asserted that as many as one in every two couples who say, “I do” will eventually get divorced. However, this may not truly be what is happening today. As reported by the Chicago Tribune, the reality of divorce in America may actually look different based on which generations you are factoring in. For people in their mid-60s and older,

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Authorities take custody of missing boy in noncustodial abduction

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Monday, April 1, 2019. Noncustodial parents in Missouri and elsewhere sometimes resort to drastic and illegal measures to spend more time with their children. A noncustodial father allegedly took his young son away from the child’s mother in Texas in late 2017 without her knowledge and brought him to Florida. After more than a year, Florida law enforcement has now found the child and placed him in custody with Child Protective Services pending a reunion with his mother. For reasons that are unclear, it was only last week that

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Dealing with the marital home

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Among the most important elements to be considered during divorce proceedings in Springfield is ownership of the marital home. One might go into a divorce case thinking that retaining ownership is an issue they will not compromise on, yet a careful analysis should be made on the reasons for such a stance. Having a practical reason (e.g., remaining close to family and friends, not wanting to uproot the kids from the community) may be justifiable, yet if the main reason is due to a

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Financial considerations for a post-50 divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Most people who live in Missouri know someone personally who has gotten divorced or who may be in the midst of a divorce even now. Contrary to what some people may believe, more and more of these people are in their 50s, 60s or even older. Interestingly, in the last two decades, the number of people getting divorced after they reach the age of 50 continues to increase. In fact, according to data from Pew Research, the rate of divorce among people 50 or older

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Why should mothers care about establishing paternity?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Sunday, February 17, 2019. You might assume that those concerns over the issue of paternity are primarily something that potential fathers have to deal with. Yet as a mother, you should also be concerned that someone is legally recognized as your child’s father. Even if you do not plan on maintaining a relationship with your child’s actual father, it is important that he (or another) be deemed responsible for the welfare of your child along with you. While studies show that children who have the involvement of two

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How can I tell my preschooler about my divorce?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Sunday, January 27, 2019. If you and your spouse in Missouri have made the hard decision to end your marriage and you have children together, one of the hardest things you will be faced with is telling your kids about the divorce and then subsequently supporting them as they adjust to the changes that are sure to come. There is no one way to do this in part because children need different things at different ages. If you have a preschool-aged child, you will want to keep things

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Tax changes create challenges, opportunities in divorces

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in High Net Worth Divorce on Saturday, January 12, 2019. People in Missouri who are starting 2019 facing an upcoming divorce will have no shortage of issues to contend with. Among these issues may well be how to navigate the new tax laws and the impact these laws are no doubt set to have on divorce settlements for countless couples. As explained by CNBC, alimony payments have historically been treated as taxable earned income for the spouse who received the money. This has changed now and instead, it will be the spouse who

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Modifying your custody arrangement

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, January 4, 2019. Springfield clients often come to us here at the Stange Law Firm PC with a similar question: How can I modify my custody agreement? At the time of your divorce, the court likely handed down a custodial arrangement that, while taking yours and your ex-spouse’s feelings into account, was deemed to be in the best interests of your children. That arrangement likely took some getting used to, but the hope is that eventually you were able to collectively make it work. Circumstances do change,

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