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Child support changes in another state may raise a few eyebrows

58904961_S.jpgWhen Missouri parents head to court for divorce, they often find themselves facing challenges regarding the future care and financial provisions of their children. Especially where child support issues are concerned, the court is often prompted to make decisions with which one or the other parent might not be satisfied. In fact, in another state, the beginning of July will bring about a new law that drastically changes the guidelines for determining child support matters.

The court typically looks at the income levels of both parents when making decisions regarding whether someone should pay child support. Come July, the court in another state will also review how much parenting time each adult spends with their children. Basically, the more time the paying parent spends with his or her children, the less child support he or she has to pay.

Seniors prone to high asset divorce problems

39457958_S.jpgGray divorce is on the rise in Missouri and other states. It has nothing to do with hair color or the sky. It does, however, have to do with how old a person is when he or she files for divorce. The term has been applied to those severing marital ties after age 50. In a high asset divorce, this can present significant challenges because the later in life divorce is filed, the more financial issues and property division problems there tends to be.

Some may wonder why someone would make it to their 50th birthday, then get divorced, especially if a marriage has lasted 25 or 30 years or more. Answers would likely vary if couples seeking gray divorces were surveyed. Many, however, cite lack of personal fulfillment in life and loveless marriages as their main reasons.

Why protecting business interests shouldn't involve hidden assets

50833034_S.jpgWhen divorce occurs in Missouri or any other state, spouses may face obstacles regarding asset division in court. Especially in a high net worth situation (for instance, if a successful business is owned by both spouses) emotions may be highly charged regarding who gets what and what will happen to the business. Sometimes, it's determined that selling a business is the fairest way to handle such circumstances. If one spouse plans to try to maintain control of a business, however, it's best to avoid hidden assets or other questionable means for protecting one's interests.

It's not uncommon for one spouse to forfeit assets in exchange for sole business ownership. This has prompted some people to hide luxury items or money by conducting secret sales or making loans to friends or other family members. Hiding assets in divorce is illegal; it's also a sure way to destroy credibility.

Where to get help for enforcement of child custody orders

18214239_S.jpgIt's summertime and you and your children have created an awesome list of fun activities. You're actually looking forward to your first vacation season since your divorce, ready to build new memories and create new traditions as you and your kids adapt to your new lifestyle together in Missouri. The only problem is you think you might need help to enforce the existing child custody order because your former spouse is not cooperating as you'd hoped.

Because you have an existing court order regarding custody and visitation arrangements, both you and the other parent are bound to comply with its stipulations. That's why you became concerned when the kids told your ex-spouse is refusing to let them go on vacation with you. In fact, you were certain permission to do so had actually been included in the court order.

Not every child custody battle is between two parents

10522555_S.jpgMany Missouri reality TV fans, young and old alike, are familiar with the Teen Mom 2 show. Some may also be following a child custody battle involving one of the stars of the show. This particular situation does not involve both parents of a child, however; in fact, the 7-year-old boy's mother has been battling her own mother (who has custody of her grandson) in court.

The media has not been shy in publicizing updates on the contentious situation between Jenelle Evans, the boy's mother, and Barbara Evans, his grandmother. The two women have been estranged for some time, and the younger woman reportedly didn't even speak to, nor glance at her mother when a new visitation agreement was signed recently in court. Jenelle Evans told reporters she is thrilled that her mother can no longer restrict her visitations with her son.

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.

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