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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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Does divorce drive the economy?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Friday, February 21, 2014. One of the “benefits” of the Great Recession was the reduction in the divorce rate. Of course, whether you view the divorce rate as a “bad” may be a function of how happy you are in your marriage. If you are in a marriage that has soured, and are now looking for a way out, you may find a reduction in the divorce rate as the true “bad.” When it comes to divorce rate, the state of the economy is inextricably linked to how

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Arrested for a child custody violation?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Fathers’ Rights on Thursday, February 13, 2014. Child custody cases can be difficult. Child custody orders or parenting plans detail the time a child spends with each parent and controls the decision making for the child. Child custody also affects the child support, as a parent with sole custody receives more dollars in child support than a parent with joint custody and shared parenting time. While violations of child custody agreements are considered civil matters as a breach of part of the contract of marriage dissolution, in some states they may

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Celebrity divorce highlights interest in divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. Divorce in the U.S. is an interesting phenomenon, even if you are not involved in the dissolution of a marriage. It used to be relatively rare, and now the divorce rate approaches one out of every two marriages. Just as weddings have evolved from simple ceremonies with a reception in the church basement, now some couples now seem determined to go into debt with their wedding expense before they consider more significant expenditures, such as a home. As weddings have become an industry, so,

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Divorce: is it just a matter of time?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Is it possible to make the divorce rate go down by changing a law? That would be intention of a state representative in Oklahoma. The state suffers from the second highest divorce rate in the country and he believes that if couples had to wait six months to proceed with their divorce, it may give them some time to change their minds. Now, family law and divorce encompass many complex issues. Some people may have been too immature when they decided to marry, and

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A happy new divorce?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Monday, January 27, 2014. The winter holidays and divorce are odd bedfellows. From Thanksgiving through New Years, many people would view filing a divorce as inappropriate, as being in bad taste or simply mean spirited. Especially if you have young children, attempting to explain why mommy or daddy is throwing all of their clothes into a suitcase and leaving would be traumatic. Nevertheless, that does not mean they are not thinking about divorce. All of the parties and get-togethers, along with the big family meals can exacerbate all

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