What is legal separation?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce/Separation on Thursday, April 4, 2019. Legal separation is an important tool spouses considering divorce can use to their benefit. Because preparing for a divorce can be a stressful and emotional time, it is helpful for divorcing spouses to ensure all their questions related to the separation and divorce process are answered. Legal separation is a specific legal process that does not end a marriage but does define the rights and obligations of the spouses while they are legally separated. A legal separation can clarify concerns related to child custody, child


What is a prenuptial agreement?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Property Division on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Marriage is an exciting event. In addition to tying two people together emotionally and legally, the process is one that binds finances. This can leave some individuals concerned about their financial future even before the knot is tied. This is because these individuals fear that divorce could leave them in a disadvantageous financial position usually on account of the division of marital property. Therefore, those who make a considerable amount more than their spouse, or those who expect to possess more assets than their


What is equitable property division in divorce?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Property Division on Thursday, March 21, 2019. There’s no doubt that divorce can be an emotionally trying process. Individuals who were once in love can find themselves vying over property and time with their children, and they may even fight over matters like child support and alimony. As emotionally devastating as marriage dissolution can be, Missouri and Illinois residents shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that divorce is, amongst other things, a financial transaction of sorts. Therefore, failing to protect one’s financial interests can lead to unsteady financial footing post-divorce. Missouri


What expenses are covered by child support?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Child support is an obligation parents have to their children which is why it is helpful for parents to understand how child support is determined and what expenses are generally intended to be covered by child support. Knowing how and why child support is calculated like it is can help parents who may feel stress associated with their child support obligations or child support enforcement concerns. Though child support is intended to provide for the basic needs of the child, it is also intended


Why do some choose a legal separation over a divorce?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce/Separation on Thursday, March 14, 2019. When a couple’s marriage is on the rocks, it does not always mean that divorce is the inevitable resolution to their marital difficulties. In some circumstances, couples in Saint Louis County choose a legal separation over divorce. There are various reasons why some find legal separation preferable to divorce. First, it is important to understand that an informal trial separation is not the same as a legal separation. A couple might voluntarily choose to live apart for a while before divorcing. However, for their separation


How child custody decisions are made

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Monday, March 11, 2019. Child custody is usually high on the list of concerns for divorcing parents and couples. Because of this, it is always helpful for divorcing couples to understand how child custody concerns are handled through the family law process during divorce or otherwise. Generally, child custody concerns are determined based on the guiding principle of what is in the best interests of the child. There are many factors the court considers when evaluating what child custody arrangement would be in the best interests of the


What child custody issues can a parenting plan address?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Monday, March 11, 2019. Even parents in Saint Louis County who are facing the end of their marriage or relationship still want to do what is best for their child. Therefore, it is sometimes possible for them to put their differences aside and discuss their child custody issues out-of-court. Oftentimes the result of such conversations is a written parenting plan that can be approved by the court and made legally binding. Some couples choose to enlist the aid of a third-party mediator when negotiating a parenting plan. And,


Tips for single parents planning a vacation

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce/Separation on Monday, March 11, 2019. Everyone needs an escape now and then. Anyone with a child, though, knows that trying to relax is a challenge when there is a little one in need of constant supervision. This is doubly true when you are going solo with your child. A vacation in the weeks after finalizing a divorce may be the perfect way to blow off some steam and really connect with your child in a one on one setting. It is going to take some extra planning though. These are


8 factors for child custody

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Monday, March 11, 2019. In virtually all divorces involving children, child custody is the number one factor for the divorcing couple. Even dividing assets and money usually take a back seat to who will receive physical custody of their child and how much. There are a few things you can do to give yourself a fighting chance if you suspect that you will be facing a custody battle in court. First, seek out a skilled divorce attorney. Their expertise in family law will make them a critical ally


What to do with the marital home in a divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Property Division on Monday, March 11, 2019. Home may be where the heart is, but when a married couple in Saint Louis County decides to divorce, what to do with the family home becomes a very pressing issue. After all, for many couples the family home is among their most valuable assets. Therefore, it is important that couples consider all their options when it comes to dividing the family home in a divorce. The family home may have a lot of sentimental value for some, and sometimes one party wishes to


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