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July 2015 Archives

Avoiding emotion-based decisons during child custody disputes

Missouri couples know that divorce can be an emotionally challenging time for both parties. During this difficult time, it is easy to become overwhelmed by frustration, hurt and even anger. However, feelings should never be the basis of important decisions made during divorce. In fact, having a knowledgeable lawyer working on your behalf can guide you through negotiations over child custody, helping you reach a resolution that is suitable for years to come. 

Mom of musician Rick Ross' child demands more in child support

When two people have a baby together and decide to split up in Missouri, child support is often a source of contention between the pair of individuals. The individual who is awarded child support may be concerned that he or she is not receiving a fair amount. Meanwhile, the person paying child support may fear that he or she is not being treated fairly. A high-profile individual in one out-of-state case may have to pay more in child support due to the demands of his child's mother.

Defending grandparents' rights in Missouri

Family law encompasses a wide range of matters, including divorce, paternity, financial support and even non-traditional custody arrangements. In Missouri, there are laws specifically pertaining to grandparents' rights for visitation and custody. When cases involve complex custody matters or visitation issues, it is typically beneficial to work with a team that understands how to carefully and thoughtfully navigate these circumstances. 

Same-sex marriage can affect child custody and other issues

The legal battles over same-sex marriage may be over, but there are still many issues and details that must be worked through. Following the Supreme Court decision, the governor of Missouri has ordered all state agencies to begin recognizing same-sex marriages, from issuing marriage licenses to changing names on drivers' licenses. Recent rulings will also have an impact on certain family law issues, such as adoption, child custody and divorce. 

Keeping kids out of a child custody dispute

When parents divorce, it is normal to have disagreements over parenting time, living arrangements and finances. While this is a stressful time for even the most amicable of divorcing couples, Missouri parents know that it is better for the kids if they can be protected from the tension and stress. One of the easiest ways to protect the emotional well-being of the kids is to refrain from speaking ill of the other parent, even in the midst of a child custody dispute. 

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