Modern physics teaches that the presence of an observer potentially changes the outcome of an experiment. Some seem to feel that a similar situation exists with regard to the potential for divorce. There is a view that believes that if you think about divorce, discuss it with your spouse or friends that it will, like a contagion, begin to spread and that you will then have an urge to file one of your own.
Stange Law Firm, PC is excited to announce the opening of the office in Lee's Summit, Missouri in Kansas City in Jackson County. This office will be open to the public to help serve the residents of Jackson County and the surrounding areas. This will be Stange Law Firm, PC's 13th office location and will be open on February 1, 2016.
Divorce can be difficult. It can be emotionally straining. It can be frustrating and financially exhausting. However, it can get worse. Imagine, if on top of all of those other issues you overlaid a criminal charge? And not just any criminal charge, like a DUI or an assault, but a criminal charge that goes to the very heart of a child custody order, like kidnapping your child.
Child support remains an issue of great importance many residents of Missouri and their children. After a divorce or when unmarried parents separate, the custodial parent may be entitled to child support payments from the other parent. The purpose of child support payments is to ensure there are adequate funds to cover the expenses the custodial parent incurs as a result of their having the child or children most of the time.
Last time we were discussing the issue of modification of child support payments. This is a difficult process because the Missouri legislature has required that a court can only modify this child support obligation if there is proof of a substantial and continuing change that the current payment becomes unreasonable.
It takes two people to create a child. It shouldn't be as shocking as it is to say, therefore, that it often takes two people (at least) to raise a child. Too often in family law cases, one parent is left out of the equation of raising a child. Fathers deserve every chance to play a role in their children's lives.
Visitation issues in divorce cases can be difficult. Visitation allows a non-custodial parent to have a reasonable amount of time with their child. Visitation rights are almost always granted unless there is showing of domestic violence or other abuse. And even if domestic violence has occurred, a Missouri court may find that visitation is in the best interests of the child.
Not too long ago, questions of paternity were something like gambling. You could take a blood test, but was hardly conclusive and if a mother denied the paternity of a man and the blood test did not match, his effort to be named as the father could be frustrated. Today, with the advent of DNA testing, the scientific accuracy of the test is now virtually 100 percent, and a mother's protestations now have less force.
The laws in Missouri governing divorce, paternity, child custody and child support can be difficult and confusing for non-attorneys. Statues are written in a very unnatural fashion, which can make them unclear. The situation may be made even more complex by the tendency to define a term or conduct by reference to another section of the Missouri Revised Statues.