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What is the difference between legal and physical custody?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. In judgments of divorce involving custody matters, custody is generally awarded to the parties in two separate ways: legal custody and physical custody. For example, the custody order may say that both parties share joint legal custody of a child, while one party retains sole physical custody. So, what exactly does this mean? The term legal custody refers to a parent’s right to make important decisions on behalf of a child for such things as the child’s health, education, and welfare. If both parents

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Missouri same-sex marriage may be law of the state in 2015

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The family law question of whether same-sex couples can legally marry in the state of Missouri continues to evolve. At the present time, the state does not recognize same-sex marriages. The issue has become clouded based on the apparent willingness of the municipal government in St. Louis to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and an ongoing lawsuit against the state by the American Civil Liberties Union seeking to overturn the ban on same sex marriage. The state of uncertainty has caused some same-sex

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3 ways a prenuptial agreement can save a marriage

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, July 17, 2014. When couples look forward to their weddings, a future of uninterrupted marital bliss seems all but guaranteed. Some would consider a prenuptial or premarital agreement to show a lack of faith in their partner. Because Missouri is a dual-property state however, it may make sense for couples to define their martial and non-marital property with a prenuptial agreement before tying the knot. A carefully crafted prenuptial agreement can actually help avoid some of the pitfalls that can derail a marriage. In fact, prenuptial agreements are simply a

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Man spends time in jail after child support mix-up

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Thursday, July 10, 2014. Residents of Missouri, like other Americans across the country, know that divorce, custody and child support battles can be difficult and agonizingly stressful situations for people to find themselves in. On top of all that stress, it turns out that it can only take a simple clerical error to make the situation all the more traumatizing. Recently, a man was ordered to serve a six-month jail sentence based on his failure to pay child support. He claimed in his defense that his failure to

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Law for deployed military protects father’s custody rights

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Fathers’ Rights on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Any parent faced with a change of custody case can benefit from consulting an attorney who is aware of any law, whether federal or passed by the legislature of Missouri, that could support the parent’s continued custody of the child. Divorced parents allege a variety of reasons for requesting a change of custody of a child. Unfortunately, many parents are not interested in retaining custody and do not fight the change of custody. But in a recent case, a father who was prepared to

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Stange Law Firm Opens Office in Lincoln County, Missouri in Troy

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Stange Law Firm, PC, a family law firm, with offices in Missouri in St. Louis (Brentwood), West St. Louis County (Ellisville), St. Charles, Jefferson County (Arnold), Franklin County (Union) and St. Louis City (by appointment only), along with three offices in Illinois in the St. Louis Metro East, has now opened an office in Lincoln County in Troy at 20 Centerline Drive, Troy, Missouri 63379. This new office office will better serve the firm’s clients in Lincoln County, Missouri and in the western edge of St. Charles County,

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Rap producer arrested for owing $1 million in child support

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Thursday, June 26, 2014. When a couple with children divorces, both parties may agree on co-parenting agreements or they can experience a situation far less amicable if these decisions are left up to the courts. Parents do not always agree with a judge’s ruling, but they should remember that the best interests of the child are always focused on when courts rule on matters of both custody and child support. This is true whether you live in the state of Missouri or elsewhere in the country. Sometimes, these

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Concept of fathers’ rights reshaping child-custody arrangements

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Fathers’ Rights on Thursday, June 19, 2014. The rapid social and socio-economic changes that have taken place in America over the past few decades have resulted in developments in family law that would have seemed inconceivable only a few generations ago. The rise of no-fault divorce, the increasing acceptance of single-parent families and unmarried couples having children and, most recently, same-sex marriage are some examples. In Missouri and elsewhere, the shift away from old traditions when it comes to families has until recently largely left one group behind: divorced fathers with

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Divorce may increase a child’s chance of obesity

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Anyone who has considered divorce or even read about divorce is likely aware of studies about the effects of divorce on children. Psychological concerns are prevalent in these studies. But a recent study focuses more on the physiological effects, specifically weight issues among children of divorce. A recent study found that of about 1,000 third graders whose parents were divorced, almost one-fifth were considered to be obese or at least overweight based on criteria of the International Obesity Task Force. This result in itself

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Same-sex divorce now possible in Missouri

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The same-sex marriage issue has been taking on more significance in the U.S. for several years now. With many states moving forward with the legalization of same-sex unions, it was only a matter of time before Missouri family law attorneys would have to face a new challenge. That challenge is in the dissolution of same-sex marriages, or divorce. As one Missouri woman who is attempting to get a divorce from her female spouse recently found out, the first obstacle to overcome is that Missouri still

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Did Liberty Ross get big divorce payout due to cheating husband?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in High Asset Divorce on Friday, May 30, 2014. It was reported today the divorce of actress Liberty Ross and director Rupert Sanders has become final and that Ross received a favorable divorce settlement. Many of our Missouri readers may remember hearing that the couple filed for divorce in early 2013 shortly after a cheating scandal went public. Photos of Sanders kissing actress Kristen Stewart were published by the media. Now, entertainment news sources are reporting that Ross was paid “guilt money” as part of the divorce settlement. What exactly is meant

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Joint child custody arrangements becoming more popular

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. According to a study recently published in Demography magazine, custody agreements shared between parents is becoming more popular with judges. This increased reliance on joint custody arrangements has ramifications for parents in Missouri who are contemplating divorce or modification of child custody matters. Child custody is often one of the most stressful parts of a divorce since it represents an often-dramatic change in living arrangements, especially for the most vulnerable parties involved in the proceedings: the minor children. The study was conducted reviewing court records

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