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Divorce laws are changing - for better and for worse: Part II

12448678_S.jpgIn our last post, we began a discussion about states changing the laws that govern marriage, divorce and child custody. Divorce is an especially frequent topic of legislative debate, with some states working to make divorce more difficult and others working to make it easier.

Missouri's laws have not undergone significant changes recently, but the laws of other states are changing all the time. In today's post, we'll discuss new laws or proposals in some states that seek to make the divorce process faster and less contentious.

Stange Law Firm, PC opens new office in Columbia, MO of Boone County

Columbia, MO - Stange Law Firm.jpgStange Law Firm, PC is proud to announce the opening of a new office in Columbia, MO. This office will open to better serve the residents of Boone County and the surrounding areas. Set to open on June 1, 2015, this will be the firm's 12th office.

Divorce laws are changing - for better and for worse: Part I

9934345_S.jpgState laws can sometimes act as a barometer of a state's social climate, and even America's social climate. In particular, you can often glean a lot about a state by its laws governing marriage, divorce and child custody.

While Missouri readers will be primarily concerned with family law issues here in Missouri, it is worth noting that marriage/divorce/custody laws in other states tend to be a reflection of America's sometimes contradictory social values. Some states are trying to make divorce and custody disputes faster and more amicable while other states are pushing for legal changes that make the divorce process lengthier and more burdensome.

Having the dreaded divorce talk with your children: Part II

20142112_S.jpgToday, we'll be continuing our discussion about the divorce "talk." This is the challenge that parents face when telling their kids they are divorcing or separating. Because this news can be devastating to children, it is important to carefully plan how and when to have the conversation in order to minimize harm and maximize support.

Our last post focused on when to have the talk, who should break the news and under what circumstances the discussion should take place. In today's post, we'll discuss what should be said (or left unsaid) and how to prepare for your children's reactions and next steps.

Having the dreaded divorce talk with your children: Part I

38883717_S.jpgIn previous posts, we have discussed the idea that how parents communicate with their children is a major factor in how well the children are able to cope with divorce and a new co-parenting arrangement. Because such changes are scary and difficult for kids, it's particularly important for parents to show stability and love as often as possible.

But what do you say to your kids when you have to break the news of separation or divorce? When is the right time and what are the right circumstances? What will they say in return? In this week's posts, we'll address some of these common questions.

Supporting a divorcing loved one without taking sides

22795590_S.jpgWhen divorce becomes contentious, it is rarely a battle between just two people. More often than not, family and friends seek to get involved, immediately rushing to take sides and to vilify the other spouse.

While this urge is a natural one, it may not be the best course of action. In fact, it may not even be the best way to support whichever spouse one has chosen to unify with. Instead, choosing sides and placing blame (especially right away) might make the divorce more acrimonious and painful than it needs to be.

Yet another study showing link between social media and divorce

15869976_S.jpgOur post last week discussed the idea that using social media during a divorce or other family law dispute can make the process more difficult than it needs to be and may even jeopardize the outcome. Revelations like this are nothing new. In fact, they are almost as old as Facebook - which has been widely reported to increase the risks of divorce.

Of course, any assertion that something causes divorce or increases the risks of divorce needs to come with a lot of qualification. But according to yet another study/survey on the subject, a significant number of respondents said they have considered divorce because of a spouse's "questionable" social media activity and/or frequent arguments regarding social media.

The many ways social media can make your family law dispute worse

21690453_S.jpgWe have previously written that social media and family law disputes are often a dangerous combination. Whether going through a divorce, child custody or spousal support dispute, discussing details on Facebook or other social media platforms will rarely, if ever, work in your favor.

But even if you don't directly discuss your divorce or custody case, the seemingly innocuous things you do post could be used against you by your spouse and his/her attorney. Facebook has become an evidence goldmine, and it's hard for the average person to predict how their pictures, wall posts and status updates could be interpreted or misinterpreted.