Prenuptial agreement can prevent future marriage trouble

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Planning a wedding can be both stressful and exciting, and as the big day approaches, couples try to make sure everything is in order so that the ceremony can go off without a hitch. The ceremony is just the first step in what will hopefully be a long and happy marriage, and Missouri couples may want to do some preparation for the long haul. One way to prevent future marriage trouble is to have a prenuptial agreement in place before a couple says “I do.” Though recent trends suggest that

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You may not want to delay high asset divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in High Asset Divorce on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Missouri couples have faced unprecedented stress over the past several weeks. Schools, businesses, and even courts have been closed due to the state’s response to a global health crisis. For couples that were considering ending a marriage, unexpected circumstances like unemployment or other financial matters may have put divorce plans on the back burner as households entered survival mode. Experts predict a surge in divorces in the coming months, and for people going through a high asset divorce, it may make good sense to act sooner rather than

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Timely action key amid child support woes

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Missouri parents that feel overwhelmed or apprehensive about financial matters are not alone. Thousands of hard-working adults suddenly found themselves facing loss of employment amid business closures and shutdowns. Parents with a child support obligation may feel frustrated and worried that they may be unable to pay the amount ordered without their regular paycheck. Fortunately, a parent can take steps to remedy the situation. A person who is ordered to pay child support, called an obliger, can request to have his or her financial situation re-evaluated

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Will your spouse’s back child support affect you?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Each family is unique, and in many households, one or both spouses have children from a previous relationship. In many marriages, a spouse may have child support obligations to another party. Some Missouri couples report frustration with the stimulus payments that were recently issued by the federal government because if one spouse owes back child support, the other spouse may not get a payment either. The stimulus checks have a stipulation that states that the payment will be applied to back any child support

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High asset divorce and your stimulus check

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in High Asset Divorce on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Millions of Americans are receiving a stimulus check from the government, meant to help offset financial struggles many adults are facing due to business closures and loss of wages brought on by the spread of the coronavirus. While this is certainly a relief for people that are struggling to stay on top of household bills and other necessary expenses, the distribution process may be flawed. For Missouri residents that have gone through a high asset divorce in the last tax year, receiving the stimulus money may be a headache. 

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Covid-19 and child support

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Missouri parents are facing new challenges during the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A previous post (“Is your parenting plan ready for COVID-19?,” March 18, 2020) provided information about handling custody issues while kids are home instead of in school. Now, many parents face another issue that affects thousands of families. Child support payments ensure that parents provide financial support, but the public health crisis has many parents in a bind. One Missouri father made headlines when he expressed concerns that he would

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Visitation in the age of social distancing

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Missouri parents may be feeling especially stressed lately. We are are living in unprecedented times, and families may feel like each day there are new restrictions and guidelines that can affect daily life. For parents that have a visitation order, spending time with a child may suddenly be a difficult decision. In many places, the courts are closed except for emergency situations. Many households have had to change the weekly routine on the fly, particularly where schools are closed and parents may be working

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Stimulus check may be withheld for late child support

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. For many Missouri families, the past few weeks have been a bit chaotic. Parents that try to keep up with national news have found that the headlines are changing quickly, and it has become difficult to stay abreast of the latest legislation. Congress recently approved a stimulus package to help taxpaying citizens while many schools and businesses are closed, but parents that owe back child support may not be eligible to receive these funds. At last calculation, nearly six million American parents are owed

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Child custody bill does not pass state senate

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Missouri parents may have heard that pending legislation may affect their families. A bill proposing changes to child custody laws within the state made headlines as lawmakers in support of the bill explained why in most cases, 50/50 custody should be the norm. Some parents may have postponed legal action to see if the law would pass. When it came time for the senate to vote, the bill was met with opposition. Those against the changes said that granting equal custody to both parents

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Is your parenting plan ready for COVID-19?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Missouri parents may be feeling like the world turned upside-down overnight. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, most school districts have closed their doors to children for the next several weeks as Missouri joins other states in an attempt to prevent the further spread of the pandemic. Adults are being encouraged to work from home if possible, and all across the country, special rules are being put into place to close or limit hours of businesses deemed nonessential. With kids off school for the foreseeable

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Child support not a punishment for parents that must pay

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. A recent study estimates that the cost of raising a child in the United States can exceed $230,000. Missouri parents probably have no trouble believing this number because the cost of living continues to rise and people worry about how to provide everything their child needs. In cases where a child’s parents maintain separate households, it is not unusual for a court to order child support payments. Child support payments are not meant as a punishment for a parent required to make these payments.

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Getting married? You might consider a prenuptial agreement

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. When Missouri couples are planning their weddings, divorce is likely the last thing on their minds. It can be hard to imagine one’s marriage coming to an end before it even begins, but a bit of legal preparation now can protect a person’s assets in the future. A prenuptial agreement might be the way to go, and experts say today’s brides and grooms are embracing the prenup like no generation before. Contrary to popular belief, prenups are not just for the rich and famous.

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