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House bill would change child support rules for college students

17449593_S.jpgThe Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill last week that the Senate has already scheduled a hearing for. The bill relates to child support payments for children who enroll in an institution of higher education after high school.

As the law stands now, a noncustodial parent must pay child support until the child turns 18. If the child is still in high school, the child support payments must continue until secondary school is completed or the child turns 21, whichever comes first.

Amendment would protect parents' rights to raise kids their way p2

13159700_S.jpgWe are still talking about a proposed constitutional amendment that has passed the Missouri House of Representatives. At this writing, the joint resolution was discussed at a Senate hearing but has not been placed on the calendar for general debate.

As we explained in our last post, the amendment would preserve and protect parents' right to raise their children as they see fit. This right belongs to both parents; the amendment does not differentiate between fathers and mothers: The term "parent" is defined here as "a biological parent of a child, including the husband of a natural mother at the time the child was conceived, or the parent of a child by adoption, or as otherwise provided by law."

Amendment would protect parents' rights to raise kids their way

13139151_S.jpgA bill is making its way through the Missouri General Assembly that would add the protection of certain parental rights to the state constitution. The joint resolution has passed the House of Representatives and was the subject of a Senate hearing this week. If it passes the Senate, the measure will go to the voters in November.

Specifically, the new constitutional amendment would affirm that a parent has the fundamental right to make life decisions for his or her minor child. Those decisions fairly closely follow the best interests of the child criteria applied in child custody matters: The parent would have control over the child's education and religious instruction, over medical care and housing, over discipline -- all the elements of a child's upbringing that contribute to his "general well-being."

Connecting Twitter, Facebook use with infidelity and divorce

20472361_S.jpgAccording to a new study, individuals who make heavy use of social media websites may be more likely to engage in adultery and/or divorce. Specifically, those who are avid users of Twitter, according to the study, may be at higher risk. The research, of course, has its limitations, among which is the fact that those who participated were more likely to be heavy Twitter users since that is how the survey was promoted.

A similar trend has been reported in previous research regarding the connection between Facebook use and divorce. That study found that those who were heavy users of Facebook were more likely to encounter Facebook-related conflicts with their significant other. Not to mention the fact that Facebook makes it easy to get back in touch with old flames and ruin a current relationship. In some cases, this can lead to infidelity and divorce. 

Court rules father is unnecessary complication during childbirth p2

14078142_S.jpgWhen the woman in this case decided that she did not want the father of her child in the delivery room with her, she may not have realized she was making new law. She was simply a mother-to-be who had broken up with her fiance shortly after she learned she was pregnant.

She knew he was the father, and she told the court that she would be amendable to him being notified when she went into labor, even to have him in a room adjacent to the delivery room so he could hold the newborn. She just didn't want him in the delivery room.

Court rules father is unnecessary complication during childbirth

3967609_S.jpgA New Jersey court has filed the written decision in a matter that was settled last November. In the end, things turned out better than anticipated for the plaintiff, but the ruling could spell trouble for family law practitioners, parents-to-be and even healthcare professionals around the country.

The case involved an expectant mother and the father of the child. According to the decision, the two were engaged just after the woman discovered she was pregnant. She broke off the engagement and the two parted ways a month or two before the baby was due. He, however, still wanted his name on the birth certificate and wanted a relationship with the child (paternity is not disputed). He also wanted to be notified of the child's birth and to be present during the birth.

In equitable property division states, hindsight may be 50/50 p3

16236960_S.jpgAfter 26 years of marriage, divorce can be a complicated matter. Add in billions of dollars and 125 million shares of stock in a company at the center of an oil boom and you have a very complicated matter. Harold Hamm and his wife Sue Ann may have had other issues to hammer out, but the property division problem alone could easily be the reason the divorce has dragged on for two years. (They are set for trial in July.)

Hamm is the majority stockholder in the highly successful oil and gas company Continental Resources. Thanks to the Bakken Shale, his investment has increased in value exponentially over the past few years. The company went public in 2007 with shares selling at $15. In mid-March, the price was more than $120 per share. That growth has added about $13 billion to Hamm's net worth.

In equitable property division states, hindsight may be 50/50 p2

3802649_S.jpgWe are talking about Harold Hamm, a billionaire in the U.S. gas and oil business, and the issues he and his wife have run up against in their divorce. The couple separated in 2012 after more than two decades of marriage, and it was an eventful two decades for Hamm's business interests. He owns 66 percent of Continental Resources, a company that has profited nicely from the Bakken Shale and that has netted Hamm about $13 billion since its initial public offering in 2007.

The couple is not in Missouri, but like Missouri their state is an equitable division of property state. In a community property state, marital property is split 50/50 between the spouses. In an equitable division state, marital property -- both assets and debts -- is divided fairly between the spouses. Either the couple, with the help of their attorneys, or the court first determines what constitutes marital property and then applies the principles of equitable distribution.

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