As we discussed in our post earlier in the week, the legislation expected to be introduced in Missouri by the Speaker of the House, Timothy Jones would institute a "responsible spouse" policy that in essence would allow the party who does not want the divorce to be awarded 70 percent of the community or marital property. Not only that, but if the couple has children, the mother would receive custody of the children for the first seven years following the divorce.
A recent news article reported that Missouri Speaker of the House, Timothy Jones, is planning on introducing legislation that is aimed at increasing the marriage rate, reducing the number of "out-of-wedlock" babies and making it more difficult to obtain a divorce in the state. Apparently another goal of the legislation is to make it financially less attractive for unmarried women to have children. This is according to a national marriage consultant and co-founder of Marriage Savers.
Divorce can be a tough subject to talk about, but considering the fact that a good number of children live in divorced homes, the popular kids TV show "Sesame Street" decided to tackle the topic as part of a multimedia kit. The 13-minute segment is online available only and will not be aired on TV.
Understandably, a divorce is hard on any father. There are worries associated with child custody, visitation schedules and the division of marital assets. However, children do not need to be swept up in the chaos between their divorcing parents. This is why it's important for fathers and mothers to take steps to reduce the stress and conflict in their children's lives.
Parents end up filing for divorce all the time. They realize their relationship just isn't working out and decide that it'd be better to both raise their children - just not while still married and living in the same home. In many cases, after years of fighting, infidelity and other marital issues, divorce is actually even welcoming.
A father who is going through a contentious child custody battle recently shared his story. Right now, while trying to obtain custodial rights, his ex-wife is also trying to up his child support payments. He claims that she's even gone as far as to file a false child abuse report in order to try and get the upper hand in court.
Divorce can happen. It can happen to couples who have been married for more than 20 years, and it can happen to those who said "I do" just a few years ago. And while in most cases spouses know that separating is the best thing for them to do, in relationships where there are children, many parents tend to worry about how the children will be affected by the divorce.
When you combine divorce, visitation and the holidays, the end result can be a somewhat frustrating mess for parents who are divorced. And while we typically focus on issues related to the biological parents fighting over who gets the kids for which holidays, often times stepparents also want to be able to have their stepchildren -- the whole family -- together for the holidays.