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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Child custody: kids need Dad too

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Fathers’ Rights on Thursday, February 27, 2020. Parenting decisions can be tricky, and Missouri parents might be among the thousands of Americans preparing to navigate the legal system in a court of family law. Historically, it seemed that, during child custody proceedings, it was widely believed that a child was better off living primarily with one parent, often the mother. Though modern rulings tend to support a more even split when it comes to parenting time, a notable psychologist warns that misinformation and antiquated thinking can negatively affect a child. Dr.

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Do you and your ex have a parenting plan?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Raising children is a tall task, and can be even more so when parents maintain separate households. If parents are not on the same page or have trouble getting along, the outcome can be detrimental to a child. Even if parents do not see eye to eye or there is bad blood between them regarding personal matters, establishing a parenting plan can be a helpful way to ensure that a child’s well-being is the priority of both parents. A court order will often detail

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Adoption, family law and your tax return

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Missouri parents are probably preparing to file their annual tax returns. Whether a person hires a professional to prepare their taxes or decided to prepare a return by themselves, people usually want to know what deductions and credits are available. Since tax laws can change each year, parents who finalized an adoption in 2019 — a matter of family law — might be unaware that the federal government is offering a tax credit just for them. This year, the IRS is offering a credit

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