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Palin's marital assets under scrutiny

45051914_S.jpgMissouri residents may have been surprised to hear that former presidential candidate Sarah Palin is going through a divorce. Palin is no stranger to the public eye, and after serving several gubernatorial terms, making appearances to promote her literary works and starring on reality television shows, she has managed to maintain a level of financial success. Though, in years past, Palin scoffed at rumors of divorce, the news has now been confirmed, and Palin will now have to consider the fate of any marital assets

The divorce paperwork was filed by her husband of 31 years, Todd Palin. In the state in which the couple maintains residence, "incompatibility of temperament" is akin to "irreconcilable differences," and was the reason cited on the divorce petition. Todd Palin has roughly the same estimated net worth as his now estranged wife, having made a living in the oil industry. 

Child custody: When should family members take action?

122059547_S.jpgThe state of Missouri takes the well-being of children seriously. Indeed, parents often find themselves stressed out and exhausted from dealing with daily life. Sometimes a parent is simply unable to properly care for a child, and family members may struggle when deciding if they should take legal action regarding child custody

Recently, an unattended toddler was found roaming the streets in Missouri. Concerned citizens contacted authorities when the child, a 1-year-old, was discovered walking alone, dirty and wearing only a diaper. Authorities determined where the child lived and attempted to make contact with a parent. 

Establishing paternity can help prevent criminal charges

As summer draws to a close, Missouri parents are focused on their children, preparing for a new school year, sporting events and other fun things. While certainly, watching a child learn and grow is an exciting part of fatherhood, many dads might not be aware of how important it is to establish paternity. A recent tragedy left one father facing serious criminal charges

The ordeal began when a young Missouri mother was found dead, apparently killed by someone else's hand. As authorities frantically try to determine how she died and who is responsible, details are still unclear. The woman left behind three minor children. The children were thought to be missing, but authorities found them in the care of a man in another location. 

Emergency situation leads to change in child custody

24666753_S.jpgMillions of Americans now struggle with drug addiction, and Missouri is no exception. Methamphetamine is one of the most dangerous drugs around, as users often get hooked fast and hard, and many feel unable to quit using even if they want to. While drug addiction is usually thought of as an adult problem, the epidemic effects children as well, and a drug problem in the home can lead to a change in child custody

Recently, Missouri authorities discovered three children living in dangerous conditions. One of the children was found to be severely malnourished, relying on a feeding tube that was not being properly utilized. The child had been hospitalized a few months ago but was doing well enough to return home. Sadly, the neglected child lost over 20 pounds in the weeks spent at home and was near death when authorities discovered the situation. 

TransUnion takes action to help collect child support

15399330_S.jpgMissouri parents know how expensive it can be to raise a child, and many parents struggle to provide all the things a child needs. School will be starting soon, and extra expenses like school supplies, new clothes and money for extracurricular activities can leave a parent feeling frustrated. It is estimated that nearly 60% of custodial parents are not collecting the court-ordered child support payments they should be, and in many situations, it can be difficult to track down the other parent that has failed to pay. 

TransUnion is a company that provides credit-related services for people, including credit monitoring. The company is now taking action to help custodial parents collect the money they are owed. TransUnion is launching a new program that will be available to the state to assist with locating a non-custodial parent and providing current and accurate income information. 

Fraudulent story leaves grandfather pondering child custody

37459184_S.jpgAuthorities in Missouri rushed into action, issuing an Amber Alert when they received word that a young woman and her infant son had been abducted. Supposedly, the child's father was a suspect in the early stages of the investigation. The woman's brother, a teenage boy, told authorities he witnessed the incident and flagged down a neighbor to call for help. What seemed at first to be a frightening kidnapping has morphed into a situation about child custody

As authorities searched for the vehicle the woman and her brother alleged a kidnapper had used to abduct the mother and child, they also interviewed neighbors and family. Shockingly, after the Amber Alert was made public, a witness contacted police to say that she was looking right at the mother and child, and both were safe and sound in a fast food restaurant. When police questioned the teen brother again, he eventually admitted his sister had coerced him into lying. 

One bad decision can affect child custody

108541576_S.jpgThe summer of 2019 has brought particularly brutal heat waves to much of the nation. Parents need to use extra caution to ensure that their children do not suffer harm in such extreme temperatures. Recently, a Missouri mother learned the hard way that one bad decision can affect child custody

Sometimes, it may be tempting for a parent to leave a child in the car while he or she runs into the store or completes another quick errand. This can lead to serious legal consequences for a parent and undue stress and suffering for a child. Police responded to a call at a local truck stop and found a toddler in distress. 

Falling behind on child support could result in loss of property

104482663_S.jpgThe state of Missouri has a handy system that matches residents to unclaimed property in their name. Unclaimed property is handled by the State Treasurer's office. Unclaimed property is not usually something people can hold or touch; rather, it is usually a bank account that was forgotten, a safety deposit box or other financial asset. Now, the state plans to use this system to help ease the problem of unpaid child support

It is estimated Missouri parents are collectively over 2 billion dollars behind in child support payments. Overdue child support puts unnecessary stress on the parent with primary custody. When a court issues an order for a person to pay child support and he or she fails to do so, a child may have to go without, and the parent with primary custody may have to cover more than his or her fair share of a child's expenses.

Kim Kardashian West reveals her surrogacy agreement

48593406_S.jpgCelebrity couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have made headlines again. In addition to their accomplishments as reality television stars, music industry favorites and champions for a variety of social causes and charities, the couple is also raising four beautiful children. While fans in Missouri and around the world enjoy "keeping up with" the latest news on the couple, many may be surprised to learn that the latest addition to the Kardashian/West brood, a son named Psalm, was brought into the world via a surrogacy agreement

Once considered by many to be a taboo procedure that preyed upon the bodies of underprivileged women, surrogacy advocates like Kim Kardashian West are fighting to change this archaic image. Kim has used her own personal struggle with dangerous pregnancy issues such as preeclampsia to illustrate why a surrogate can be a blessing to a couple that dreams of welcoming a new baby. Sometimes, a couple wants a biological child, but a mother may be unable to carry or deliver the child without great risk of injury or death to herself and/or the unborn child. 

Could moving affect your child support payments?

43696673_S.jpgMissouri parents know that, when it comes to taking care of a child, finances can become a concern. Especially in the summer months, when most children are not in school, the cost of raising a child can be a major stress that falls upon a parent. Many parents may have a child support order, which helps ensure that both parents contribute to a child's financial needs. 

A parent may not be aware that moving to another state can affect child support payments. Each state has a different approach to calculating child support payments, and knowledgeable sources say that these payments can vary by at least $700 from state to state. If a parent is considering a move, he or she may want to seek legal advice to see how these payments could be affected. 

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