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Protecting paternal rights in a Missouri custody dispute

14767555_S.jpgGone are the days when the court automatically awards custody of a child in divorce to a mother. In fact, a court in Missouri (as all other states) is typically of the opinion that children fare best when given ample amounts of time with both parents. As such, many fathers find themselves battling to protect paternal rights when it comes to the future care and upbringing of their children after divorce.

It is typically necessary to officially establish paternity in order to protect paternal rights. When the court is making decisions regarding primary placement of children post-divorce, it considers various factors to determine what situation would be in keeping with their best interests. It is often possible for fathers to win full or shared custody of their children as most judges appreciate the noble efforts of fathers who want to fully participate in their children's lives.

Where to find help if funds seized for child support

65836394_S.jpgVarious challenges and complications sometimes surface concerning child-related issues after divorce. A hot topic in this regard is child support. The court makes the ultimate decision of who (if anyone) will pay and how much each payment will be. The system in place for child support in Missouri is by no means error-free, however.

In the past, mistakes have been made within the system regarding child support payments. In some situations, people have been accused of having outstanding payments when, in fact, their payments were actually current. Anyone who has been notified that immediate payments must be sent, or is facing other problems related to requests for payments that are not owed may seek support by contacting Stange Law Firm, PC for guidance.

Flexible visitation during holiday season often a good idea

Every Missouri family is different, and many have gone through divorce. With a new holiday season just around the bend, it might be a good idea for divorced parents to review existing court orders and make adjustments for visitation as needed. Sometimes, the court specifies exactly which parent will be with the children on each holiday.

It is no doubt challenging enough to try to build new traditions and memories as one adapts to life after divorce without having to worry about arguments with a former spouse regarding holiday celebrations. The court is typically of the opinion that children fare best when they spend ample amounts of time with both parents. Of course, there are exceptions when extenuating circumstances suggest this might not be the best plan.

What child custody has to do with supper time

51472081_S.jpgNo two Missouri families are the same. Every family travels its own path and faces various issues and struggles along the way, especially during divorce. What causes most concern regarding child custody and related matters may not always be what parents might typically assume.

A woman in another state who was adjusting to life after divorce said her biggest worry was not knowing what her former husband was feeding their children for supper. She also said it took a long time to trust that her children's father had their best interests at heart. The woman stated that she and her former spouse made several agreements to forge a better alliance as they moved forward with their post-divorce parenting plan.

Judge orders child support to foot bill for acting lessons

46879147_S.jpgEvery family law situation in Missouri is different. Any number of challenges may arise when attempting to resolve problems concerning child support, custody or other parental matters. The court is the final voice of authority in such situations, and sometimes (as in a recent case in another state) its decisions take those involved by surprise. A concerned parent is always able to act alongside experienced guidance to ensure protection of his or her best interests.

The recent situation in another jurisdiction involved a mother and father who divorced some seven years ago. Their 13-year-old daughter was recently interviewed by a state Supreme Court judge, who was apparently quite impressed with the young girl's ambitions to become a Broadway star. In fact, after speaking with her, he issued a modification of an existing child support order in a move that appears to be a departure from typical guidelines in that state.

Child custody fight regarding three orphans involves tribal court

46520469_S.jpgVarious treaties and past court decisions acknowledge the unique legal and political statuses of Native American Tribes as sovereign nations within the United States. This fact has become a central focus in a child custody battle surrounding three young girls who became orphans when their parents were killed by an alleged drunk driver. The girls have been placed in the temporary custody of their maternal aunt and uncle, as decided by a federal judge outside Missouri.

A Native American tribal court has stated its belief that it should be given a ruling voice in the situation. The girls' father, age 26 at the time of his death, was a member of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians. The tribal court contends that the orphaned children are, therefore, also members of the same tribe. Because the 1978 federal Indian Child Welfare Act grants tribal governments ruling voices in custody situations involving American Indian children, the tribal court representing the Miwok tribe wants the federal government to act according to its request, which is that custody be granted to the children's paternal aunt, also a member of the Miwok tribe.

Child custody situation leads to gunfire in a Walmart parking lot

31020940_S.jpgThere are many situations in Missouri where a court intervenes to make decisions regarding the care and upbringing of children. Every child's best interests are to be kept at heart when determining matters concerning child custody, visitation or support. One incident in another state took place after a grandmother was ordered by the court to deliver her grandchild into the custody of the child's father.

The woman was apparently very dissatisfied with that decision. On a recent Thursday, just after 3 p.m., she was scheduled to meet her grandchild's father in a Walmart parking lot. The purpose of the meeting was so that she could obey court orders and release the child into the father's care.

Appropriate guidance may help avoid child custody problems

39021593_S.jpgDivorce is seldom easy, as many Missouri couples undoubtedly know. When children are involved, situations often become quite complicated, especially if there has been a breakdown in communication between parents. Seeking appropriate guidance to help negotiate child custody and other family-related matters may help former spouses avoid contentious courtroom battles.

One former couple has reportedly been fighting over their children for six years. After they divorced, the mother is said to have taken the two children out of the country without their father's permission. A long battle ensued, and both girls were eventually brought back to the United States. 

Marine who went AWOL will have to pay back child support

46638040_S.jpgSometimes, Missouri parents or those in other states face family law issues that remain unresolved for decades. Of course, in most situations, those involved typically want to obtain solutions to their problems in as swift and economically feasible a fashion as possible. Often, this does not seem possible without skilled intervention, especially when it comes to matters such as child support or other issues regarding custody or visitation.

One woman's situation unfolded more than 30 years ago when she divorced her husband who was serving the nation as a Marine at the time. The couple had two children together during their marriage.The former husband reportedly agreed to pay $160 every month for the care and upbringing of his children. The agreement was apparently contingent on the stipulation that the former wife would not remarry or cohabit with a man for the next year and a half.

Grandfather has physical custody, child's mom wants visitation

39650995_S.jpgLife is often complicated and many families in Missouri have experienced domestic issues that have escalated to the point of law enforcement and court intervention. In some situations, physical custody of a child becomes a central focus, especially if a parent has been formally charged with a crime. One mother, who is said to have neglected her infant, now sits in jail while her father takes care of her baby.

The woman was initially being held in jail without bond. However, at some point, the court set bond at $75,000. Following that decision, the woman's defense attorney submitted a formal request that the amount of bond be lowered.

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