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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.

New year, new parenting plan for some in Missouri

53466713_S.jpgIn Missouri and elsewhere, January is known as "divorce month" because of substantial increase in inquiries about the process during this time each year. There are various schools of thought as to why many couples delay proceeding with divorce until after the holidays. For some, reasons involve financial matters; others may want to avoid parenting plan disputes during family gatherings and holiday celebrations.

Whether beginning the divorce process in January (or another month) will have substantial financial impact often depends on particular circumstances. Emotionally speaking, some say waiting it out until after the holidays allows spouses time to carefully consider whether ending their marriage is the best decision for their family. Of course, opinions regarding divorce vary greatly; advocates say it is better for parents to end their marriage rather than expose children to repeated arguing and contentious behavior toward one another.

Child custody is a growing fathers' rights issue

44124466_S.jpgJust because a man gets divorced does not mean he is not a good parent. Many fathers in Missouri not only desire active and healthy relationships with their children, but they also want sole child custody of them. There are several things to keep in mind regarding parental rights and how best to proceed to win custody of children as a father.

The number of fathers getting custody of their children in divorce appears to be on the rise. One way to show the court one's full parental participation is to log all time spent with one's children. Whether attending sporting events, taking them to the dentist or helping them with homework and going to school activities, when a father demonstrates his active involvement and care in his children's lives, the court may be more likely to grant him custody.

Child relocation and modification of court orders

29942667_S.jpgFor many former spouses in Missouri, it was a long, hard road traveled to achieve amicable solutions to divorce matters pertaining to their children. Even after a plan is set in place, however, challenging issues may continue to arise. For instance, if a parent seeks modification of court orders for the purpose of child relocation, it can lead to a whole new string of contentious debates.

Lifestyle changes often occur when divorced parents remarry or obtain new jobs. Sometimes, these situations require moving to a new city or state (or country, for that matter). The court typically requires that a parent seeking a court order change to provide evidence that there is a definite need because of unanticipated changes.

Former model says child custody battle involves conspiracy

19196399_S.jpgSidra Saucedo, a former model who worked for Seven Jeans and Alberta Ferretti has been engaged in a contentious battle with the father of one of her children. Many Missouri readers may already know that the two have been fighting over child custody in court for years now. The father of the 11-year-old child, propriety trader Steven Schonfeld, has apparently been trying to keep Saucedo away from her.

The father reportedly accused the mother -- who apparently has children with three different men -- of sniffing inhalants. The parties in this particular case have been prohibited to speak about it pursuant to a gag order issued by the judge. However, Saucedo filed papers in court recently, asserting that a psychologist hired to help the parents work out their differences has actually been conspiring against her with the child's father to keep her from obtaining custody.

Seeking family law support when considering divorce

39537870_S.jpgEverywhere one looks, it seems there is always another book or program or expert claiming to know the secrets to maintaining a happy marriage that lasts a lifetime. Those who have gone through divorce in Missouri or elsewhere, however, understand this is not always possible, no matter how good the advice. From couples who have only been married a year or more, to those who have been together for decades, many spouses find themselves in need of family law support when problems remain unresolved for too long.

Those giving advice for building strong marriages often say good communications skills are the key to success. Some compare avoiding problem issues in marriage to hitting a snooze button on an alarm clock. It may be a form of procrastination that proves disastrous to a marriage in the long-run.

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