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Brad Pitt looks forward to settling child custody case

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, August 24, 2018. Brad Pitt is no stranger to the big screen. The famous actor has starred in many movies over the years, earning his spot as a Hollywood icon. Frequently seen at star-studded events, Pitt has become a tabloid favorite, even more so in light of his recent legal woes. Pitt stands as a reminder that even the rich and famous must endure the struggles and stress that can come from divorce and child custody issues. Many people may not be aware that Pitt is a

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Candidate’s delinquent child support comes to light

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Thursday, August 16, 2018. Missouri voters may be under the false impression that political candidates are sometimes above the law. This is not the case, because people running for office are subject to the same laws and penalties as everyone else. When it comes to light that a candidate has failed to pay his or her child support, it may cost him or her votes. Recently, it became public knowledge that Steve West, a Republican candidate running for a Missouri House seat and host of a popular radio show, was

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Government’s child support error ruins man’s vacation

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Thursday, August 9, 2018. Missouri parents are probably aware that, if they fail to make timely child support payments, they can face serious legal consequences. Most would probably say they do their best to pay the proper amount on time. Unfortunately, there is always room for human error, and sometimes, the government entities responsible for processing child support payments make mistakes. One Missouri father recently found himself in an inconvenient situation due to a mistake by the government concerning his child support payments. He was unaware there was

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Child custody dispute results in missing child

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, August 2, 2018. Missouri parents and grandparents may be familiar with unique custody arrangements. Sometimes, if a parent is not able to care for a child for a number of reasons, the grandparents can file for child custody. Grandparents may be able to provide children with a safe and happy home while a parent cannot do so. Recently, the biological mother of a Missouri child took him from his grandparents home. She is not the custodial parent, and the grandparents have legal custody of the boy. The grandparents

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New camera laws won’t affect child custody cases

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, July 26, 2018. Missouri parents may have seen the recent news stories pertaining to changes in rules about media cameras in courtrooms. The law now allows more media cameras to be present during certain court proceedings. At first glance, parents with upcoming child custody appearances may feel nervous about the changes. There is no need to fear, however, as the new law prohibits the use of cameras in child custody cases, and many other cases where children are present or involved. Families have a right to privacy where

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Do you have to take your high asset divorce to court?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in High Asset Divorce on Thursday, July 19, 2018. Fortunately, the answer to this question is no. Missouri couples now have other, less confrontational and adversarial options when it comes to resolving their issues in a high asset divorce. If you want to avoid a contentious courtroom battle, you may want to consider either mediation or collaborative divorce as an alternative. Mediation and collaborative law share many of the same advantages. Both generally cost less to complete, allow the parties to retain control over the outcome and provide a less formal atmosphere

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Abuse charges can lead to loss of child custody

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, July 12, 2018. When a parent commits a crime, the kids can lose their time. Most Missouri parents would likely agree that when it comes to raising their children, they would do anything in their power to ensure the kids are safe and happy. In situations where parents maintain separate households, and there is a child custody arrangement, the actions of one parent can still affect the entire family. Sometimes a lapse in judgment on the part of a parent can lead to criminal charges, and parents

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Educational neglect can become a child custody matter

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Seeing to the needs of their children maintains a top spot on the priority list of Missouri parents. Aside from the obvious needs of food, clothing and shelter, parents are also tasked with looking after the emotional and educational needs of their children. When it comes to child custody, the ability of a parent to ensure that their children receive a proper education can be called into question. It is not uncommon for parents who maintain separate households to have a child custody order put

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Big changes may be in store for child custody laws

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The state of Missouri is considering making changes to the way the courts handle child custody arrangements. Currently, courts usually award more child custody time to one parent, while the other has a set schedule for visitation. A new bill making it’s way through the state legislature aims to even out the amount of time spent with a child between both parents. Those who endorse the bill cite research that supports the theory that children who spend equal time with both biological parents have

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Child support violations chief among recent court cases

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Missouri parents are likely aware that when it comes to raising children, sometimes complications can arise. For parents who maintain separate households, it is common for the court to put a child support order into place. A child support order details the an amount of money typically to be paid from one parent to the other on behalf of the needs of any children they share. A child support order is a legally binding document, and failure to comply can result in criminal conviction. Fines,

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The family pet: an emerging family law issue

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, June 14, 2018. Pets are generally treated as beloved family members. The court systems, however, tend to see a pet as property, even in cases of disputed divorces. For some individuals in Missouri, custody of the family pet becomes a contentious issue when settling a divorce in family law court. With the exception of two states, courts will treat a pet as personal property, but attitudes about this issue are changing. Since pets are loved like family members, both parties in a divorce may have a strong desire to

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IRAs are marital assets with special divorce rules

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in High Asset Divorce on Thursday, June 7, 2018. At the end of a marriage, an individual may find the need to divide the shared property. What and how the marital assets will be divided are decided during the divorce process. Some assets, like IRAs, have special tax rules that apply. Individuals in Saint Charles, Missouri, who want to separate an IRA during divorce should heed the rules to avoid a tax penalty. The transfer of an individual’s interest in an IRA to a former spouse under a divorce or separation instrument

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