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New parenting plan problematic for Mel Gibson and some others

Missouri 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.

Does your opinion matter when it comes child custody issues?

18214239_S.jpgMarried couples in Missouri don't typically envision themselves standing in courtrooms fighting over how much time they will spend with their children. However, this is exactly where many parents wind up when divorce leads to disagreements about such matters. Parents know what's best for their children, yet divorced parents may have different opinions where child custody is concerned.

Every state has its own guidelines regarding child custody, and the court has the final say either to approve a plan designed by the parents themselves or to make a decision for parents if an amicable agreement can't be reached. This is not to say the court will not take into account a parent's concerns and opinions as to what may be in a child's best interests. One of the things an experienced family law attorney can do for a parent is make sure his or her requests are clearly made known to the court.

Kate Hudson's former husband asks court to review parenting plan

41881319_S.jpgCelebrities who divorce face the same types of challenges that everyday folks in Missouri might when they decide to call it quits in their marriages. In fact, some might say movie stars, singers and others in the limelight have it even tougher because their personal business is often aired in public. Kate Hudson might agree as she makes her way back to court regarding her 12-year-old son whose father has asked the court to re-evaluate their parenting plan.

Hudson and the boy's father, 50-year-old Black Crowes singer, Chris Robinson, had been married for about seven years before they divorced. At the time, their son was a mere age two. The two had reportedly originally agreed to a shared custody arrangement.

Police in another state upgrade child custody safety measures

51595049_S.jpgFollowing divorce, Missouri parents often have to make arrangements to meet their former spouses so their children can switch houses. Child custody exchanges are a typical part of post divorce life for many families. Not so typical, but also not all that uncommon, are contentious situations that arise during such exchanges.

Especially if parents have a difficult time getting along, having to come face-to-face with each other on a regular basis can be emotionally challenging, to say the least. It's no secret that breakdowns in communication are causal factors in many divorces to begin with, so it's really no surprise that some have trouble controlling their emotions when meeting their former spouses to deliver their children. A sheriff's department in another state has created a safe zone to help mitigate potential negative consequences during child custody exchanges.

Issues Missouri parents face regarding child relocation

61809266_S.jpgMany Missouri parents wind up back in court after divorce when disagreements arise pertaining to their children. In addition to visitation and support matters, it often occurs that one or the other parent will seek permission for child relocation to another state. Because such plans may bear significant impact on everyone involved (not just the parent planning to move) the court has the final say as to whether such a move can take place.

It is typically best to seek clarification of the laws in one's own state since regulations vary regarding such issues. For instance, in some states, a parent planning to move away with a child must inform the other parent in writing. The reason for the move might also be required, depending on state law. In Michigan, permission from the court is required before the move to another state.

Considering the benefits of a prenuptial agreement

53855707_S.jpgSo, the moment you've dreamed of your whole life has finally arrived. You met the person with whom you want to spend the rest of your life and are planning to get married! Of late, you've been scouring catalogs, making guest lists and discussing all sorts of plans together, including whether to sign a prenuptial agreement. Many Missouri couples have done so in the past, citing various benefits to the process.

Since many people are concerned with debt these days, and a prenuptial agreement can be used as a means to isolate debt liability to one spouse or the other. If one person entering marriage is bringing along a massive student loan obligation or other outstanding debt, a prenup can include stipulations that the debt-free spouse is not responsible for the other spouse's financial obligation. If you've already established a successful business before marriage, you can make sure its interests are protected so that if divorce occurs some day, business assets will not be subject to division.

Robin Thicke's custody rights on hold for now

19319036_S.jpgRobin Thicke, son of now deceased actor, Alan Thicke, has been engaged in an angry child custody battle over his son, Julian. The child's mother, Paula Patton, has managed to secure a restraining order against Thicke, thus placing his custody rights on hold for the time being. Their next scheduled court date is set for the end of this month in a court outside Missouri.

Thicke has denied all allegations of child abuse and spousal abuse as purported by Patton. He says she is merely angry that she was not invited to his father's funeral and is using false accusations as a means for revenge. The court does not seem to think her allegations are without merit, however.

Addressing financial concerns in high net worth divorce

53905695_S.jpgNot all Missouri couples who divorce have set financial plans for their individual futures. Often, unresolved issues must first be negotiated and final court decisions handed down before a concrete path toward the future can be envisioned. In the meantime, various aspects of a high net worth divorce may be cause for financial concern.

There's an old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So too are those who prepare and plan ahead often better equipped to meet the future head-on. With regard to finances and divorce, this might include creating a new budget that encompasses lifestyle changes and new needs or expenses as one begins life as a single person.

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