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Not every mother-in-law has a say in a high asset divorce

56472638_S.jpgBeing a member of the Royal Family in England is celebrity status at its highest level. Nearly two decades after Princess Diana's tragic death, gossip columnists continue to speculate whether the fatal motor vehicle accident in which she was involved was truly an accident or result of foul play. The princess and her former husband, Charles, had recently secured a high asset divorce, which was headline news at the time. Even though most Missouri residents live far simpler lives, when it comes to divorce and marital property issues, many may relate to the former Princess of Wales' situation.

Diana and Charles were the first royal couple of Buckingham Palace ever to file for divorce. In Missouri, the court determines how all marital assets will be divided in such cases. Not so, apparently, at the English palace. In Diana's case, her mother-in-law (i.e. Queen of England) reportedly had much say in what possessions Diana would keep and where she would live.

Dealing with guilty feelings in a post-divorce parenting plan

40346532_S.jpgOne thing is certain in nearly every Missouri divorce that involves children: Life as a parent is going to change. So many decisions need to be made as a new parenting plan is developed. Where will the children live? Who gets to spend holidays with them? How much will parent be responsible to contribute financially?

Even day-to-day life poses various challenges when it comes to adjusting to a single-parent lifestyle after years of marriage. One woman recently blogged about the issue, saying she often feels guilty when she has time to herself. She said as soon as her children go home to their father, she misses them and longs for their return, which comes about every other weekend.

Don't let someone's summer vacation ruin your parenting plan

47337674_S.jpgMissouri parents and their children typically face many challenges when marital ties are severed. Life changes are many and often difficult. How parents treat each other, and how each reacts to various situations as they arise, is key to helping the whole family reach its full potential for a successful, happy future. Summertime, in particular, often creates parenting plan issues that must be addressed, including where kids will spend their school vacations, and whether one or both parents plan to travel with the children.

There's no general law saying a parent can't take children on a summer vacation after divorce. However, many parents incorporate stipulations regarding such matters into their divorce decrees. At any rate, the court typically requires a parent who wishes to travel to provide reasonable notice to the other parent, whether or not that parent has legal custody.

Don't assume a prenuptial agreement isn't necessary

32565788_S.jpgLovely images of satin, lace, ribbons, veils, tuxes and chocolate are often evoked when Missouri couples plan their weddings. They may also have long, into-the-night discussions about their future plans and goals, perhaps including how many children they hope to have one day. For some, however, any mention of a prenuptial agreement is thought to be a romance-killer.

Some people mistakenly believe that signing a prenuptial agreement means a marriage is doomed to failure. Others understand the importance of such contracts when it comes protecting non-marital assets and being prepared for any possibility in the future. Everyone likes to think their marriages will last a lifetime; a quick glance at current statistics proves that many do not.

Alex Jones takes stand in child custody battle

20144915_S.jpgInfowars fans in Missouri and throughout the nation may be aware that one of its stars, Alex Jones, is going through a contentious divorce. He and his former wife are currently facing a nasty child custody battle. Her side told the court Jones has been diagnosed with a narcissistic personality disorder. The mother of three is seeking sole or joint custody of her children.

A divorce case manager who's been talking with Jones said he pretty much wants to do whatever the "experts" say is best for his kids. Jones recently told the court one of his children often works with him on his show. Things haven't gone so smoothly in court, however.

Unwed dad in another state fights for child custody

44124489_S.jpgNot all unwed dads are the deadbeat, disengaged, unhelpful parents that the media often makes them out to be. In Missouri and elsewhere, there are many who are willing to work hard to fully financially support and otherwise raise their children. The problem is that many unmarried fathers run into serious child custody obstacles right at the starting gate.

Such is the situation for a single father in another state. He loves his 2-year-old daughter. Even at the young age of 24, he has always played an active role in her upbringing. He is not married to the toddler's mother, however, and that woman surrendered her parental rights some time ago.

Facing a dispute over your current parenting plan?

14562613_S (1).jpgWhen someone in Missouri files for divorce, it makes good sense to prepare for the challenges that may arise. Those who have children have their work cut out for them as they must negotiate an agreeable parenting plan with their soon-to-be former spouses. Some are lucky enough to face little or no complications in this regard.

Far more common, however, are situations where one parent disagrees with the other on matters of child custody, visitation and/or financial support. If your relationship with your children's other parent has grown contentious, achieving amicable solutions to your child-related problems may seem near impossible. In such circumstances, it is often helpful to rely on a highly skilled negotiator to act on your behalf.

New parenting plan problematic for Mel Gibson and some others

14562613_S.jpgMissouri couples who divorce often face many challenges as they negotiate settlements. When a couple has children together, complications easily arise concerning the development of a new parenting plan. A leading causal factor in many divorces is often communication breakdown; therefore, it's easy to see how disagreements regarding how children should be raised and who should financially support them may affect a divorce agreement.  

Many parents who divorce relate to situations where disputes occur over who should have legal custody, meaning, which parent should have authoritative power over important life decisions regarding the children. Sometimes, parents also disagree about physical custody. While the court typically supports shared custody (unless extenuating circumstances show evidence that this would be a detriment) this topic often leads to contentious, lingering courtroom battles when parents disagree.

Child custody situation becomes international incident

34434827_S.jpgThere are many parents in Missouri who are currently facing serious challenges regarding their parental rights. Many of these situations have arisen due to disagreements between former spouses. While it is often possible to resolve child custody issues through amicable negotiation, sometimes things get out of hand and problems become greatly exacerbated as one particular situation in another state shows.

The mother of a young boy is fighting to have her son returned to the United States. The international incident unfolded when she allowed her son to visit his biological father overseas. The woman said she never dreamed the child's father would try to permanently keep him, but that is exactly what has happened.

What does family law have to do with taxes?

64398212_S.jpgMany people in Missouri and throughout the United States are beginning a mad rush to file their tax returns on time. Depending on an individual situation, the process can be rather simple and uneventful or extremely complicated and wrought with challenge. What makes the latter occur can be anything from complex business issues to family law situations, such as pending child adoption or custody arrangement.

There are federal tax laws and state-regulated issues that must be addressed when tax return time rolls around. With regard to federal income tax forms, one of the most frequently asked questions has to do with who can be claimed as dependents. Such questions may be especially pertinent to parents currently navigating the child adoption or foster care processes.

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