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High asset divorce becomes convoluted legal matter

Ending a marriage can be a complicated matter. Turning one household into two separate ones can take time. In the case of a high asset divorce, there is potential for myriad of snags, especially if unrelated legal matters are unfolding concurrently. A former Missouri couple now stands accused of falsely filing for divorce. 

The male spouse was employed with a major food brand, and in the course of his time on the job, he was found guilty of defrauding his employer. The judge in that case ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $3.9 million. He also served time in prison, then was released under supervised probation. 

Disabled parents fear child custody issues

Missouri parents would likely agree that each parent-child relationship is different. In an age where parents are aware of the far-reaching extent of child abuse across the nation, many fear that the regular scrapes, bumps and bruises that children get from time to time may be mistaken by onlookers as a sign of physical abuse in the home. Recently, parents who suffer from conditions that have rendered them blind or deaf have spoken out, saying they feel they are often singled out in these situations, and they fear their handicap can lead to a change in child custody. 

Many Missouri parents say their fears are not unfounded, and they can provide recent examples in which a parent lost custody of his or her child based on an assumption that their disability prevents them from being a good parent. They argue that many of the methods used by courts and social workers to determine appropriate child custody are based on the relationships seeing and hearing parents have with their children. A blind parent who cannot see a bruise on his or her child may not be aware others suspect abuse. A deaf parent who cannot hear his or her child cry or call for help may be looked upon as incapable. 

Child custody laws can apply to daycare workers

28423236_S.jpgOne Missouri mother recently found herself living a nightmare when she arrived to pick her daughter up from daycare. Instead of discussing the day's events, and finding her child happy and ready to go home, she was horrified to find the daycare locked and empty. Fortunately, she found her daughter on a bench outside and learned afterward that action may be taken, because some child custody laws can apply to daycare providers. 

Though the daycare was apologetic for somehow forgetting the small child, the Missouri mother was angry. Leaving a helpless child unattended is dangerous and against the law. She feels fortunate that no physical harm came to her child, but the shocking circumstances have prompted her to consider legal action. 

Brad Pitt looks forward to settling child custody case

1922917_S.jpgBrad Pitt is no stranger to the big screen. The famous actor has starred in many movies over the years, earning his spot as a Hollywood icon. Frequently seen at star-studded events, Pitt has become a tabloid favorite, even more so in light of his recent legal woes. Pitt stands as a reminder that even the rich and famous must endure the struggles and stress that can come from divorce and child custody issues

Many people may not be aware that Pitt is a Missouri native. He worked his way to fame and fortune over the course of several decades. Years ago, when he wed actress Angelina Jolie, it seemed as if a happy ending was on the horizon. Unfortunately, the couple's marriage ended, and now the stars find themselves embroiled in a bitter child custody dispute. 

Candidate's delinquent child support comes to light

101981911_S.jpgMissouri voters may be under the false impression that political candidates are sometimes above the law. This is not the case, because people running for office are subject to the same laws and penalties as everyone else. When it comes to light that a candidate has failed to pay his or her child support, it may cost him or her votes. 

Recently, it became public knowledge that Steve West, a Republican candidate running for a Missouri House seat and host of a popular radio show, was found to be about $12,000 behind on his child support. Steve had previously fallen behind, and the court and his ex-wife agreed to lower his payment amount so he could catch up. He again fell behind, and had to return to court and pay arrears. 

Government's child support error ruins man's vacation

40708501_S.jpgMissouri parents are probably aware that, if they fail to make timely child support payments, they can face serious legal consequences. Most would probably say they do their best to pay the proper amount on time. Unfortunately, there is always room for human error, and sometimes, the government entities responsible for processing child support payments make mistakes.

One Missouri father recently found himself in an inconvenient situation due to a mistake by the government concerning his child support payments. He was unaware there was any trouble at all until he went to get his passport ready for a family vacation. He was informed that he could not get his passport because he was behind on his child support payments. The man insisted that he was current with his payments and could not fathom why he would be denied. 

Child custody dispute results in missing child

21492094_S.jpgMissouri parents and grandparents may be familiar with unique custody arrangements. Sometimes, if a parent is not able to care for a child for a number of reasons, the grandparents can file for child custody. Grandparents may be able to provide children with a safe and happy home while a parent cannot do so. 

Recently, the biological mother of a Missouri child took him from his grandparents home. She is not the custodial parent, and the grandparents have legal custody of the boy. The grandparents immediately contacted police. They are deeply concerned that the child may be in harm's way. 

New camera laws won't affect child custody cases

47167403_S.jpgMissouri parents may have seen the recent news stories pertaining to changes in rules about media cameras in courtrooms. The law now allows more media cameras to be present during certain court proceedings. At first glance, parents with upcoming child custody appearances may feel nervous about the changes. 

There is no need to fear, however, as the new law prohibits the use of cameras in child custody cases, and many other cases where children are present or involved. Families have a right to privacy where their children are concerned. Going to court can be a nerve-wracking experience, and Missouri has taken steps to ensure that the privacy of children is protected in a court of law. 

Do you have to take your high asset divorce to court?

25241369_S.jpgFortunately, the answer to this question is no. Missouri couples now have other, less confrontational and adversarial options when it comes to resolving their issues in a high asset divorce. If you want to avoid a contentious courtroom battle, you may want to consider either mediation or collaborative divorce as an alternative.

Mediation and collaborative law share many of the same advantages. Both generally cost less to complete, allow the parties to retain control over the outcome and provide a less formal atmosphere that fosters cooperation and compromise. When using either alternative dispute resolution method, you may bring in third parties such as financial advisors, counselors and appraisers to help you make the best decisions possible.

Abuse charges can lead to loss of child custody

13673792_S.jpgWhen a parent commits a crime, the kids can lose their time. Most Missouri parents would likely agree that when it comes to raising their children, they would do anything in their power to ensure the kids are safe and happy. In situations where parents maintain separate households, and there is a child custody arrangement, the actions of one parent can still affect the entire family. Sometimes a lapse in judgment on the part of a parent can lead to criminal charges, and parents should realize that this can directly affect the amount of time they get to spend with their children. 

There is more to raising children than providing food, clothing and shelter. Parents are also responsible for setting a good example for their children, and teaching them how to grow into productive members of society. When parents make bad choices, especially in the presence of their children, they may lose the right to have any sort of custody at all. 

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