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March 2016 Archives

Missouri court looking for input on child support guidelines

2562346_S.jpgFor parents who have divorced, one of the most important elements of the divorce settlement is the child support obligation. It is important to the parent who receives the payment, to help with the cost of raising the child, and it is important for the parent making the payments, as child support obligations are virtually impossible to eliminate and can have damaging consequences if you fail to make those payments.

The end of a journey?

50325480_S.jpgMarriage is often said to be a journey. With many things, practice makes perfect, so you might expect with couples who have been married 15-, 20- or 30-years, that they would be unlikely to divorce after that amount of time, as they would have figured out how to maintain their relationship and their marriage.

Does it matter what other people think?

7907927_S.jpgAmericans have had shifting views on divorce. At one time, it was less common and was view unfavorably. Then, in the 1970s, with the widespread adoption of no-fault divorce law and the greater participation of women in the workforce, it became more common and more accepted.

Do you have a lot of "complicated externalities?"

11839942_S.jpgTechnology can do a great many amazing things. You can "face time" with a friend across town or in Europe or Asia. You can watch movies and television on your phone anywhere with a cell connection. You can post to your Facebook page and receive nearly instantaneous replies from people all over the world.

What will a divorce do to your business? Pt.2

4811238_S.jpgThe next issue is how to cover the expense of buying out your spouse's interest. You may need to liquidate some assets to buy their interest or perhaps trade assets. For this, you want to make certain you have the assistance of the necessary legal, tax, and financial advisers to prevent mistakes and ensure you understand all of your costs for this transaction.

What will a divorce do to your business?

27295163_S.jpgDivorce can bring many unexpected changes in your life. If you and your spouse have children, the change to your life while working through the parenting plan will likely be profound. The handoffs of your children every week, not having your kids on birthday's or holidays, the cost of child support and the expense of a new home or apartment will all mean next year will feel very different from last year.

Timing is everything

8358743_S.jpgSometimes, with a divorce, the timing may be unexpected. You may have been married 20 or 30 years, raised your children and be looking forward to your retirement when suddenly your spouse decides "it's over."

You never know

26961386_S.jpgMany men tell stories of their struggles with divorce. Once the papers are filed, they find themselves embroiled in a world they hardly recognize. Their spouse makes wild assertions or makes unrealistic demands.

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