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Can Criminal Conviction Influence Family Court Orders?

If you have a standing family court order that pertains to child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, and other agreements with an ex-spouse, criminal conviction can potentially alter your family court order in various ways. Domestic violence and child abuse will almost certainly lead to family court proceedings, but it is also possible for criminal activity seemingly unrelated to a family court order to lead to modification proceedings. In the event you or an ex-spouse are convicted of a crime, it is essential to consult your family law attorney as soon as possible to determine how this will influence any

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Domestic Violence and Child Custody

It’s an unfortunate reality that every year in the United States, thousands of people of all ages suffer the effects of domestic violence. Many victims of domestic violence are children, and parents may wonder how domestic violence influences custody over child victims. Whether you have been wrongfully accused of committing domestic violence or have discovered your child has been abused by a member of your family or household, call our firm. It is essential to understand what can be done to prevent further domestic violence and the consequences of these actions. If you are preparing to divorce because of domestic

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Emotional Abuse Is Domestic Violence: How to Identify It and Get Help

When you were young, you were likely told “words don’t hurt” if you reported to an adult that someone insulted you. Many of us carried this mantra into our adult lives and thought it to be the truth, but, essentially, it is a false statement. Words are the chief weapon of the emotional abuser, and while no physical injury is sustained, the wounds are palpable and detrimental to the victim(s). Emotional abuse, like any abuse, is not discriminatory; it can and does happen to/is carried out by every age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, creed, religion, etc. Signs of Emotional

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How to Prepare Yourself for Divorce Mediation

The divorce process is likely to be one of the most challenging experiences of your life, even if you are sure that your marriage should end. Some divorcing spouses struggle with the emotional aspects of their divorces more than the financial and practical issues the process entails, and the opposite is true for others. For most, both sides of the divorce process are challenging, and it can take years to truly recover from the experience, both personally and financially. One of the best things you and your spouse can do to make the divorce easier for both of you is

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Private Investigators in Cases of Family Law

For many people, private investigators are a facet of media imagination. Though they certainly make entertaining characters, they do exist in the real world. Private investigators play a large role in court cases, especially regarding family law issues. Because most people value their families more than anything else, it is not unusual to go to all lengths to protect them. For some people, that means hiring a private investigator to collect information on their spouse or child’s other parent. Because divorces often mean that two people are irreconcilably different, the reality is that many divorces end up in a contentious

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How Social Media Can Affect Your Case

Most everyone uses social media in some capacity or another. Whether you use your online platforms for professional reasons or for staying connected with friends, it’s important to understand the potential consequences of logging on. If you are involved in a legal battle, negotiations, or modifications of any kind, the content you post on your social media platforms could work against you in court. Many people unwittingly provide proof against themselves via social media, or at the very least provide the other side of the argument with compelling evidence that you are dishonest. Though this may seem impossible, social media

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Domestic Violence 101: Everything You Need to Know

Domestic violence is never called for and never appropriate. Despite this, thousands of people find themselves in situations of domestic violence every year, without any idea of what to do. Because domestic violence can look many different ways, it can be challenging to identify, especially as the victim. What’s more, most victims of domestic violence know and love their abusers, and it can be painful and confusing to admit that their behavior is harmful. In some situations, the violence is overt and obvious, but victims are frightened and unable to take action. In other cases, the behavior is subtle and

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Is a Prenuptial Agreement Right for You?

For most couples, marriage is an exciting time in their relationship. Amidst the wedding planning and preparation, few couples want to think about their marriage ending. While no one gets married for the purpose of getting divorced, it is still important to think about what might happen if one of you decides that the marriage is no longer the right fit. For some people, a simple division of assets would be sufficient in the event of a divorce. However, for others, a divorce would strip them of many of their assets, benefits, and even inheritances. If you are headed down

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COVID-19 Likely Responsible for Spike in Domestic Violence Cases

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown have changed life in many ways for Americans all across the country. Unfortunately, while the COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for tension, uncertainty, and financial problems for millions of Americans, it has also resulted in many other negative outcomes, not least of which is the apparent rise in domestic violence claims throughout Bloomington and McLean County. Many Americans have been forced to leave their jobs or start working from home amid the COVID-19 lockdown out of public health and safety concerns. Unfortunately, this change has led to many business closures, and millions of Americans are

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Determining child custody during the holiday season13

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, April 23, 2020. Parents involved in a divorce worry about how it will affect their children, especially when it comes to child custody. Some of the specific concerns divorcing parents in Saint Louis County experience include: Will my divorce damage my children mentally and emotionally?How can I know what custody arrangements are best for my kids?Will my past mistakes affect my child custody rights?What if my spouse tries to take our children away from me?We know that you might not trust the court enough to make important

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