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Minor emancipation can be a path to future success

49045505_S.jpgOne woman's journey to successful pageant queen started with less than ideal beginnings. She lacked support from her parents and needed to do many things for herself for which children are not typically responsible. At 16, she was granted a minor emancipation and was able to take more control of her life. Individuals in Missouri may find the details of the woman's story inspiring. 

Family law matters don't have to be agonizing

Divorce and disagreement seem to go hand in hand. Many people feel that there is no way to avoid unpleasantness while ending a marriage. The truth is, while it may not be easy or even guaranteed, it is possible. A person who finds him or herself in a family law court in Missouri can try to take advantage of common threads that can lead to a more amicable parting. 

Here's why you need a surrogacy agreement

35403202_S.jpgFor families who are unable to have children through conventional methods, surrogacy may be a viable option. Many Missouri parents have wonderful relationships with the women who serve as surrogates, but a good relationship does not replace the legal protections found within a surrogacy agreement. A contract between a surrogate and the soon-to-be parents is essential for protecting everyone involved.

Could you benefit from a prenuptial agreement?

43131363_S.jpgUnlike their parents, millennials in Missouri tend to put off marriage, prioritizing other aspects of life. However, this does not mean that millennials are swearing off marriage altogether. Many people in this generation want to establish themselves in their career or build a more solid financial foundation before saying "I do." A carefully worded prenuptial agreement may be essential for protecting assets accrued before marriage.

Include prenuptial agreement in your wedding plans

17972136_S.jpgAfter the venue is booked, dress bought and reception is planned, most engaged couples feel like it is time for them to sit back and wait for the big day. Before propping up your feet and relaxing, you and your fiance should take one more thing into consideration -- a prenuptial agreement. While not what most people in Missouri have on their mind when leading up to their big day, a prenup provides invaluable protections for everyone involved.

Protecting personal assets is easy with a prenuptial agreement

26271411_S.jpgThe idea of even discussing the possibility of divorce can be abhorrent to many people. TV and movies have a helping hand in this, as they seem quick to vilify those who suggest that a prenup might be a good idea. While some Missouri couples might fare fine without addressing potential issues in a prenuptial agreement, those who have significant personal assets have a lot to lose.

Family law matters don't have to wreck your finances

17610182_S.jpgFiling for divorce can have a profound impact on a person's future. While many expect that ending an unhappy marriage will likely lead to a better future, few understand the potential financial implications. Family law might seem complicated when it comes to this matter, but divorcing couples in Missouri can ensure their future financial security by being as prepared as possible for the process.

The prenuptial agreement is essential if a business is involved

46779396_S.jpgThe average Missouri couple now waits until they are older to marry. Up until a few years ago, it was not uncommon for individuals to marry in their early 20s. However, in today's society, the average marital age is hovering closer to 30. With this in mind, the need for a prenuptial agreement can be critical.

Is minor emancipation a good or bad idea?

50532400_S.jpgIn order to sign legally binding contracts, make financial or medical decisions and do other things adults normally do, a person must first reach the age of majority. In most states, including Missouri, that age is 18. In certain circumstances, however, a parent or legal guardian may abdicate rights of authority over a minor, thus granting that child the right to make his or her own legal decisions in life. Whether minor emancipation is possible, or even a good idea, typically depends on individual circumstances.

The ins and outs of step-parent adoption

51583198_S.jpgThere's really no such thing as a typical family in America anymore. Each family's situation is different, although some can relate to one another through common experiences. For instance, there are many blended families throughout the nation nowadays. People who have children marry other people who have children, and the children become step-siblings. Step-parent adoption is a viable option for many Missouri residents as a means of knitting a family closer together and creating an official, legally recognized relationship.

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