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Can immigrants who are abused file for divorce?

When it comes to ending a marriage, there are many different issues which may come to mind, from child support and custody to alimony and relocating with a child. In Jackson County, Missouri, and in other parts of the U.S., some people may have a particularly difficult time dealing with divorce, such as those who immigrated to the country and have been subjected to domestic violence at the hands of their spouse.

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, immigrants who are subjected to domestic violence are able to file for a divorce from their spouse without his or her consent. Domestic violence takes different forms and may include abuse that is physical or verbal in nature. If you are suffering because of family violence, you should not be afraid to step forward because of your immigration status.

What are some requirements for parental relocation?

20366506_S.jpgAs a parent, you may have come to the conclusion that relocation is necessary, whether you need to move for work or another important reason. If you are a custodial parent who lives in Missouri and has recently been through a divorce, it is vital to make sure that you understand what is required of you prior to your relocation.

According to the Missouri General Assembly, parental relocation refers to changes made to a child's main residence for at least 90 days. Before relocating with your child, you may have to satisfy various conditions. For example, you will have to inform anyone with visitation or custody rights beforehand by mailing a written notification no less than 60 days prior to the move, unless the court decides otherwise.

Property division and your prenup

48137484_S.jpgWhen it comes to premarital agreements, you may have to consider a number of factors. For example, you may be thinking about talking to your fiancé about a prenuptial agreement. Or, perhaps you are already working through a divorce and are unsure of how your prenuptial agreement will affect your circumstances. At Stange Law Firm, PC, we can understand how stressful family law topics involving a prenup can be for people in Jackson County, and all throughout Missouri.

While there are many issues involving prenups, it is crucial to make sure you understand how your premarital agreement could affect you in the event that you separate from your marital partner. If you have a valid prenup, it could have a significant impact on how marital property is split up between you  and your spouse. For example, you may receive more or less property as a result of the agreement. If you are thinking about tying the knot and wish to protect your property, you may also want to look into what you should include in the agreement and approach the topic appropriately with your partner.

Prison and child support obligations

18665874_S.jpgFrom the hardships that custodial parents may face to the penalties people endure as a result of missing child support payments, we have covered all sorts of matters related to child support on this blog. However, you may be especially unsure of which steps to take next if you are required to pay child support in Jackson County and are sentenced to prison in Missouri. At Stange Law Firm, we know how vital it is for parents who are struggling with prison sentences to avoid additional consequences by taking care of their child support obligations.

If you are facing a prison sentence of any length, you may be dealing with a number of issues. For example, you may be depressed or you could be recovering from courtroom stress. However, if you have to pay child support, it is vital to carefully review your circumstances and do everything you can to avoid becoming delinquent and facing additional complications.

Reviewing some of the benefits of establishing paternity

63353619_S.jpgWhen it comes to legal issues involving families, there are numerous issues that may affect parents and their children, such as child support and custody matters. In Jackson County, Missouri, couples who are not married may have additional hurdles to work through when they decide to split up. For example, they may wish to establish paternity for various reasons. For fathers and mothers, it is essential to understand why paternity establishment is important and recognize some of the different ways that legal fatherhood can benefit an entire family.

According to the Florida Department of Health, there are multiple scenarios where unmarried couples may want to establish paternity. On top of benefiting children, paternity establishment is also advantageous for each of a child's parents as well. For example, a father may have an easier time spending time with his children once paternity is established, while a mother and her children may gain access to support.

What is legal separation?

48979056_S.jpgIf you and your marital partner are thinking about splitting up, you may have an array of options to choose from. For example, you may be able to work together and move forward with the collaborative process, or you may have to head to court and endure bitter disputes over family issues such as child support and custody. Sometimes, legal separation is an option for couples in Jackson County, and all across Missouri. However, it is vital to understand what legal separation entails and how it differs from a regular divorce.

According to the Missouri Courts, legal separation is very similar to divorce, but there is one major difference. When couples move forward with this option, they remain married at the time of the judgment, as opposed to a divorce, when the couple's marriage is dissolved. Couples may decide to opt for this route because of their insurance, religion or for other purposes. Like divorce, legal separation may result in rulings related to child support, child custody, the distribution of marital property and other matters.

Dealing with someone who refuses to pay child support

62113381_S.jpgIf you are a parent who is struggling due to the financial responsibilities associated with raising a child, child support can be incredibly helpful. Unfortunately, some parents fail to pay child support as required by law, leaving their child's other parent with financial struggles. At Stange Law Firm, we are all too aware of the various problems that parents in Jackson County, and elsewhere in Missouri, often face when they do not receive child support.

Sometimes, parents who are ordered to pay child support miss payments because they lost their job or are going through financial problems for another reason. On the other hand, some parents willfully choose not to pay child support. If your child's other parent refuses to pay the child support that he or she owes, you should take a look at the different options that may be on the table. Ideally, the other parent of your child will acknowledge the importance of supporting his or her child, but sometimes additional actions are necessary.

Setting up a joint custody arrangement

31020940_S.jpgWhen it comes to the custody of children, each situation is different. For some families, one parent is awarded sole custody, while others can move forward with a joint custody arrangement. At Stange Law Firm, we know how Missouri families struggle with custody issues in Jackson County, and the entire state. If you are going through these challenges firsthand, it is important to do what you can to minimize the possible impact of your divorce on your children.

If you and your spouse are on relatively good terms and are able to cooperate while setting up a parenting plan, this could be beneficial for your children. However, it is essential to make sure that you carefully review the unique details of your circumstances and make the best interests of your children as a top priority at all times.

How can I make the divorce process easier for my children?

7861508_M (1).jpgOn this blog, we have covered a wide variety of divorce topics, such as child support, custody and other matters. In Jackson County, and the rest of Missouri, these issues can be especially troubling for children. If you have children and are concerned about how your divorce may affect their life, it could be beneficial to review strategies to simplify the entire process and reduce the potential impact splitting up with your spouse may have.

According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, there are several ways that parents can try to make divorce easier for kids. For starters, good communication is paramount. You may want to talk with your children about your plans to split up with your marital partner and let them know that they will continue to be loved. Furthermore, you should try to avoid making them feel as if they are to blame for your divorce and it could help to talk with them while your spouse is also present. Sometimes, divorce can be very difficult for children, which is why this should be a top priority.

Ensuring that a prenup is valid

12172964_S.jpgIf you are preparing for marriage, multiple concerns may be on your mind, from wedding planning to different ways your life may change after the ceremony. In Jackson County, and regions across the state of Missouri, many people decide to create a prenuptial agreement to eliminate some uncertainties, such as what will happen to assets in the event of a spouse's death or if divorce becomes necessary. At Stange Law Firm, we know how crucial it is for people who are preparing prenups to make sure that the contract is valid.

When a prenuptial agreement is invalid or unfair, it may be unenforceable. In order to avoid this, you should ensure that certain conditions are met before you and your spouse sign the contract. For example, you do not want your spouse to be coerced into signing and they must have enough time to review the agreement beforehand. The contracts, which each party must sign, must come with a declaration of each party's debts, income and assets. Depending on the details concerning your individual circumstances, your prenuptial agreement may be rather brief or very complex.

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