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One bad decision can affect child custody

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. The summer of 2019 has brought particularly brutal heat waves to much of the nation. Parents need to use extra caution to ensure that their children do not suffer harm in such extreme temperatures. Recently, a Missouri mother learned the hard way that one bad decision can affect child custody. Sometimes, it may be tempting for a parent to leave a child in the car while he or she runs into the store or completes another quick errand. This can lead to serious legal

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Falling behind on child support could result in loss of property

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. The state of Missouri has a handy system that matches residents to unclaimed property in their name. Unclaimed property is handled by the State Treasurer’s office. Unclaimed property is not usually something people can hold or touch; rather, it is usually a bank account that was forgotten, a safety deposit box or other financial asset. Now, the state plans to use this system to help ease the problem of unpaid child support. It is estimated Missouri parents are collectively over 2 billion dollars behind

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Kim Kardashian West reveals her surrogacy agreement

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, July 18, 2019. Celebrity couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have made headlines again. In addition to their accomplishments as reality television stars, music industry favorites and champions for a variety of social causes and charities, the couple is also raising four beautiful children. While fans in Missouri and around the world enjoy “keeping up with” the latest news on the couple, many may be surprised to learn that the latest addition to the Kardashian/West brood, a son named Psalm, was brought into the world via a

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Could moving affect your child support payments?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Thursday, July 11, 2019. Missouri parents know that, when it comes to taking care of a child, finances can become a concern. Especially in the summer months, when most children are not in school, the cost of raising a child can be a major stress that falls upon a parent. Many parents may have a child support order, which helps ensure that both parents contribute to a child’s financial needs. A parent may not be aware that moving to another state can affect child support payments. Each state

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What factors into a child custody decision?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Being a parent is a rewarding but sometimes trying experience. Missouri families may be in the midst of circumstances that bring about a court action that will determine child custody. When a parent is preparing to appear in court for custody proceedings, he or she might be curious to know what factors play into the judge’s final decision. Child custody proceedings often take some time, and this is because the court will try to examine each situation’s individual circumstances. While each case is unique,

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Father seeks justice in child custody case

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, June 20, 2019. Most Missouri parents realize that raising children can be both rewarding and stressful. When two parents maintain separate households, it is not unusual for litigation over child custody to occur. When a court enters a child custody order, it cannot be violated just because a parent does not agree with the arrangement set forth by the court. Years ago, a Missouri father was granted custody of his infant daughter. The child went missing shortly after, and the father spent years in turmoil, hoping for

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Legislators propose changes to family law

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Many Missouri families might be excited to learn about some changes on the horizon. Adoption is a legal process and falls under the category of family law. Families want to adopt for a myriad of reasons, and children in need of a loving family may have to wait a long time for that dream to become reality. Adoption is currently a rather expensive endeavor. Some lawmakers are hoping to change that. They have proposed changes to make adoption a less expensive process so that

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New measures may be taken to support importance of paternity

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Fathers’ Rights on Thursday, June 27, 2019. The state of Missouri realizes that fathers are important. While other places in the country have taken measures to support fathers and matters regarding paternity, most companies in Missouri still do not offer paid paternal leave. This can place an unfair burden on new dads and deprive an infant of critical bonding time. Besides, Mom would probably love an extra set of hands around to help as she recovers from the birth. New research indicates that having Dad around can be beneficial. Lower rates

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Grandmother seeks child custody amid mysterious case

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, June 6, 2019. Missouri residents may have seen a recent news story regarding a missing person. A local woman has seemingly disappeared, and neither family or authorities have been able to determine her whereabouts. The woman is a mother of five, and now, her own mother must take action regarding child custody. The woman is being treated as a missing person, and it is not yet known if she has gone somewhere of her own free will, or if she is the victim of a crime. As

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Child support cases may see shakeup in legal process

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Thursday, May 30, 2019. With the end of the school year fast approaching, Missouri parents are making plans to keep their little ones entertained during the summer months. For those who are divorced, paying for activities such as summer camps and vacation can be a challenge for the custodial parent. One way to help meet this need is for the non-custodial parent to make timely and accurate child support payments. Currently, if a parent falls behind on payments, he or she can face consequences in criminal court. Fines,

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Child support payments can provide much-needed help for kids

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Missouri parents are working hard. Recent statistics illustrate that the rate of child poverty across the state is on the decline. Still, many families struggle to make ends meet, and a parent may have resources, like filing for child support, that he or she has not explored. It is estimated that one in five Missouri children still live in homes that qualify as below the poverty level. Some parents express frustration because they may not be able to cover the financial costs of all

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New bill could shake up child custody standards

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Missouri is trying to ensure that progress continues to be made when it comes to families that reside within the state. A new bill, which supporters hope will soon be made a law, revolves around how courts handle child custody. Currently, it is not against the norm for one parent to have more custody than the other, but many parents insist such policy is unfair. Under the new bill, 50/50 custody would become the norm, unless the court is made aware of a legitimate reason

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