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High asset divorces are high stakes matters

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in High Asset Divorce on Thursday, February 12, 2015. Material success, measured in terms of cash, property and other assets, can in some ways be a drawback when it comes to a marriage that ends in divorce. High-asset divorces are often the source of salacious stories involving short-term celebrity marriages, but for many people a divorce with considerable asset division implications comes after the couple has been together for many years. In these less spectacular yet still difficult situations, large bank accounts, expensive cars, extravagant jewelry or gaudy mansions are less likely

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Missouri offers many avenues to recover delinquent child support

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Thursday, February 5, 2015. When child support is ordered in a court proceeding, the court’s determination of the amount and terms of the support to be paid are based upon the court’s opinion of what is in the best interest of the child. So the failure of a parent to pay the ordered support becomes not just a problem for the child and the other parent but also for state authorities charged with the enforcement of child support orders. In an effort to recover child support payments and

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Billionaire oil company couple going through high asset divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in High Asset Divorce on Thursday, February 5, 2015. Whether you live in Missouri or elsewhere, divorce is a difficult time from an emotional standpoint let alone the financial complications that ensue when money is involved. This is particularly true in a high asset divorce. Any property interests, including real estate, as well as pensions and business assets should be taken into account when deciding what each party will receive in the outcome. The owner of the Continental Resources oil company, who is believed to own more oil than any other American,

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Marital rights are slowly changing for Missouri same sex couples

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, February 5, 2015. For ten years now, the state of Missouri has had a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, which is still in effect. However, there have been several recent court rulings that have arguably been positive developments for same-sex couples. First, in October, a judge ruled that Missouri must legally recognize same-sex marriages that were legally entered in other states. Soon after, a St. Louis court ruled that Missouri same-sex couples are entitled to receive marriage licenses. The Attorney General has appealed that ruling and the

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What’s an annulment and is it right for you?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, February 5, 2015. When a couple is considering ending their marriage, divorce is generally the default method. However, Missouri law also has a procedure called an annulment, whereby the marriage can be invalidated. In a divorce, the marriage simply comes to an end. In an annulment, it is as if the marriage never took place. An annulment, therefore, has different requirements than a divorce. In order for a couple to annul a marriage, there must one of the following: bigamy; one of the parties was underage at

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How can an unmarried father protect his rights in an adoption?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, February 5, 2015. The adoption process in Missouri offers the opportunity for single individuals or couples to become the legal parents of a child. Once the adoption process is completed and finalized through the courts, the adoptive parents take on the same legal duties and acquire all legal rights generally afforded to the birth parents. In fact, one of the final steps in a Missouri adoption is the sealing of the child’s original birth certificate and its replacement with one in which the adoptive parents are listed

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Enforcing child custody orders from another state in Missouri

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, February 5, 2015. After a Missouri court grants legal custody to a parent or joint custody to both parents in a divorce, separation, or child custody proceeding, disputes might later arise between the parents. When this happens, the court that granted the original order is usually the one that retains jurisdiction over the matter. There can be problems when a dispute over child custody involves parents residing in different states. Suppose, for example, a parent having shared joint custody under a Missouri court order takes the child

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What determines the best interests of the child in custody cases?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, February 5, 2015. The child custody statute in Missouri makes it clear that public policy favors a continuation of the relationship between a child and both parents following dissolution of the marriage or a legal separation, because to do so is in the best interests of the child. The statute directs courts to make decisions concerning custody that will encourage the participation of the both parents in the life of their child, provided that the presiding judge believes that to do so is in the child’s best

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How federal laws apply in cases of military divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Friday, January 30, 2015. A divorce proceeding in St. Charles, Missouri, is usually governed by state law; but when one or both of the spouses are serving in the military, then federal law may play a part in determining the impact of a divorce on military pensions. The men and women who defend our country by serving in the military know that many routine aspects of everyday life in the civilian world can become complicated when active-duty service members are involved. This is particularly true when it comes

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Missouri Child Custody: Deciding the best interests of the child

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Deciding child custody as part of a divorce or as a separate, stand-alone child custody dispute can be a difficult and emotionally-charged ruling for a Missouri judge to make. State law provides some guidance for judges by directing that custody should be decided by taking into consideration the best interests of the child, but it fails to offer a definition of what is meant by best interests. The only guidance offered to judges to assist them in deciding issues of legal custody is a

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Children without marriage present unique family legal issues

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Fathers’ Rights on Friday, January 16, 2015. According to a recent study, “Married with Children” is now more accurately a reference to the TV series than to the majority of relationships in the United States involving children. The study, conducted by the Pew Research Center, shows that less than half of children under the age of 18 live in what was once considered a “traditional” household: a mom and a dad, each in their first marriage, with children born of that marriage. Less than 46 percent of children now live in

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Imprisonment possible penalty for nonpayment of child support

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Saturday, January 10, 2015. When contemplating divorce, the custody of any children from the marriage and the payment of child support are two of the more contentious issues. While there are unfortunately many parents who are not active participants in their child’s life, even though they agree to pay child support, even worse are those who relinquish custody and then fail or refuse to pay the child support ordered by the court. Actually, there is one other party involved in the care and custody of children of divorce

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