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Case of Mel Gibson’s domestic violence criminal charges vacated

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Child custody battles are often the most contentious issue in divorce and separation proceedings. Whether those battles are waged by Missouri residents or by celebrities in the limelight, the parties may use all the resources at their disposal to get the desired result. The former girlfriend of Mel Gibson used the timing of filing domestic abuse allegations to fight for her custodial rights. In 2011 Gibson was charged with misdemeanor spousal battery for a June 2010 altercation between him and his girlfriend who shares

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How to broach a prenuptial agreement talk

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. It is almost wedding season in Missouri, as summer and early fall are some of the most popular times to hold the big celebration. That means more couples may be considering their future as a couple, and that may lead to discussions of a prenuptial agreement. Admittedly, this can be an uncomfortable topic. After all, who wants to think about divorce when you haven’t even made it to the altar? However, discussing a prenuptial agreement doesn’t have to mean that you’re planning for divorce; rather that

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Father faces trial over child custody

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Parents can face criminal charges if they violate child custody orders. Recently, a father has been charged with custodial interference for taking physical custody of his child and failing to return the child to the mother after a scheduled visit. He could face a prison sentence of up to five years if found guilty of the criminal charges. The father reportedly failed to return the child after a scheduled child visitation and instead relocated the child across state lines. Police investigated the dispute and found probable

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UMKC study: Forgiveness can overcome infidelity

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, May 1, 2014. A recent study from the University of Missouri-Kansas City offers hope for married couples considering divorce because of a spouse’s infidelity — if the spouse who remained faithful to the marriage can find it in himself or herself to forgive the other. Marital infidelity is a common cause of family law disputes for the straightforward reason that it strikes at the heart of why the couple committed to marry in the first place. It also inflicts a deeply personal emotional wound that can make

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Walmart heiress files for divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in High Asset Divorce on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Divorce can be a difficult time for all parties, including high-profile individuals in the public eye. In many cases, various challenges have already developed that may cause a strain in the relationship between husband and wife. When there are no children involved, the primary issue in a divorce tends to focus on money. In fact, financial circumstances are often a leading cause of marriages to dissolve in the first place. Either way, it is important to deal with all of the potential issues

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Division of accounts should be done carefully during a divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in High Asset Divorce on Thursday, April 17, 2014. The dividing up of retirement and investment accounts needs to be accomplished with care during a divorce.  If done incorrectly, one or both spouses may end up being financially punished.  Money may be lost and couples may have no way of getting the proceeds returned. Couples do not always understand that one spouse may be taxed greater than the other spouse when accounts are equally divided up.  This is because the cost basis could differ significantly depending on who receives the proceeds.  There

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University of Missouri study looks at divorce and social media

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Social media websites have revolutionized the way we interact with significant others, friends, family members, and co-workers. Instead of writing a formal email, all you have to do on one of these websites is to open a chat box and type in a brief message. Responses to these messages typically come much faster than standard email. There is no doubt that social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, have changed the way we socialize in St. Charles, Missouri, as well as around the

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A list to be avoided

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Child support is an important component of any divorce involving children. For clients in St. Charles, the amount is determined by a formula contained in the Missouri statues. The amount is calculated by various factors including the incomes of the parents and the custody time or parenting plan. Child support obligations are often contentious when parents lose sight of the purpose of the payment: it is for the care and support of the child. Child support payments should not be used as weapon by

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The up-and-down divorce rate

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Friday, March 21, 2014. The divorce rate is kind of like the unemployment rate. For you, it is either 0 percent or 100 percent, as you either have a job or you do not and you are either divorced or not. It can be a rather abstract topic for general discussion, or it can be intensely personal. So, questions of whether the divorce rate is going up or down can seem rather academic, but they are useful. If for no other reason, than they can guide the allocation

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Is living together a precursor to divorce?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Because of the high incidence of divorce in this country, there has been a great deal of research devoted to the issue of whether there are any useful indicators or predictors of divorce. Since divorce is often considered a social ill, especially with regard to children, creating the need for child custody agreements, child support all of the other problems that develop after a divorce, an unstated premise behind much of this research is the hope of discovering warning signs that can be used

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And you thought thermodynamics was complex

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, March 6, 2014. While physics has solved many complex theoretical problems, sometimes one wonders if they have any direct applications to the world in which we all live. A similar thought occurred to a physicist who had a particularly difficult problem. His child custody arrangements were complex, as he had been married twice, had children with both of his ex-wives and he was currently in a relationship with a woman who had children from a prior relationship. He and a fellow mathematician, who conveniently was versed in

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Could a prenuptial help your marriage before you are married?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Prenuptial agreements are like insurance. No one likes paying for insurance, but when your home is damaged in a storm, or car wrecked in a crash, it sure can come in handy. The same can be said of a prenuptial agreement. The difficulty with a prenuptial agreement is both raising the issue with your future spouse and conceiving in your own mind of the need for one. A prenuptial agreement is a contract that you and your future spouse agree to, prior to your

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