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Study links family income to divorce's impact on children

29272423_S.jpgDivorce, which was once stigmatized, is now a common phenomenon in America. Because of this, sociologists and other researchers have been able to study the effects of divorce on individuals, families and children. In many cases, the results of these studies have provided surprising insights.

That being said, no single study is definitive or predictive of individual experiences. You may wish to keep that in mind as we discuss the results of a study suggesting that parental separation or divorce has a significant impact on children, but only on children from high-income families.

NFL domestic violence scandal puts focus on a common tragedy

8726404_S.jpgThe issue of domestic violence has filled news headlines recently, with professional football players inspiring much of the discussion. Many players in the National Football League have been accused of spousal abuse over the years, but few cases have been as public or as shocking as the one involving Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens. Security video from a casino elevator shows Rice punching his fiancé and knocking her unconscious. He can then be seen dragging her out of the elevator.

An equally controversial case involves Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson, who was recently indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child for punishing his 4-year-old son with a switch. The bruises, welts and cuts left by the beating prompted the boy's mother to take him to a doctor.

Stange Law Firm's Unmarried Fathers' and Fathers' To Be Seminar 2014

Unmarried Fathers logo small.jpgStange Law Firm, PC will host Unmarried Fathers' and Fathers' To Be Seminar on October 15, 2014 and October 16, 2014. This free event will be held at Pitchers Sports Pub and Pizzeria at 7pm in Belleville, Illinois on October 15th, 2014 and at Fandango's Sports Bar and Grill in St. Louis, Missouri at 7pm on October 16th, 2014.

Billionaire's divorce could be undone by wife's prenup challenge

26742284_S.jpgWith the divorce rate as high as it now is, more and more couples are signing prenuptial agreements. These documents are a smart way to set the terms ahead of time for property division and other aspects of a divorce, if divorce ever becomes necessary.

Just because a prenup is signed, however, does not mean that it is enforceable. Prenuptial agreements are binding legal contracts. As such, both parties need to have full knowledge of what they are agreeing to and need to sign willingly. As one recent case shows, even the suggestion that a prenup was signed under duress could jeopardize its legitimacy.

Discussing the six basic types of alimony

30807004_S.jpgIn our last post, we began a discussion about alimony, which is also referred to as spousal support or spousal maintenance. The laws governing alimony vary by state, with some states using a fairly generic template that is oversimplified and difficult to customize for a given couple's situation. Thankfully, Missouri laws largely leave alimony awards up to the discretion of judges.

If states truly want to "reform" or "fix" alimony laws, the answer is not to do away with the practice altogether. Rather, states should take advantage of the many types of alimony. In today's posts, we'll discuss six basic types.

Despite what critics say, spousal support is still necessary

13104689_S.jpgTo many people, the concept of spousal support seems antiquated and unnecessary. Whether you call it alimony or use the more modern term "spousal support," the practice of providing financial support for an ex-spouse after divorce seems to belong to an earlier time. After all, it is very common for both men and women to work outside the home. Aren't men and women equal "breadwinners" these days?

This is the argument being made in many states, and people feel so strongly about this issue that advocacy groups dedicated to alimony reform are pushing legislators to change state laws. But no matter how you feel about a given state's alimony laws, the simple truth is that alimony itself is still very necessary.

How communicating with your ex can be both civil and productive

30116055_S.jpgOne of the uncomfortable truths about getting a divorce is that in most cases, you will probably need to stay in touch with your ex-spouse even after the divorce is finalized. This is certainly true if you have children and share child custody.

The need for continued communication creates a difficult conundrum. On one hand, effective communication may be more important now than it ever was. On the other hand, it may seem impossible to see or speak with your ex-spouse without re-experiencing all of the negative feelings you felt leading up to the divorce. So what do you do?

Divorce prep 101: Find a good attorney and brace for impact

6790874_S.jpgThe time between filing for divorce and finalizing it can be a few months or a few years. While the timeline itself is uncertain, this is just one of many uncertainties you will face. That's one reason why divorce is so stressful.

In order to maintain your sanity and preserve your emotional/psychological wellbeing, it is important to find coping strategies. In today's post we'll talk about two. The first is to expect and mentally prepare for the unexpected. The second is to invest in people you can trust and depend on, particularly your family law attorney.

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