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Marriage takes work. According to study, so does avoiding divorce

36327390_S.jpgust about every week or so, we read about a new study that reveals a link between certain behaviors and an increased risk of divorce. This is not surprising, considering the fact that people often want to know what they can do to protect their marriage from ending.

The answer, at least according to one recent study, could be to get to work. We don't mean that you should work on the marriage, though that is crucial; we mean that studies found men who do not have full-time jobs are more likely to get divorced.

Dealing with fertility issues? Protect yourself and your family

10220806_S.jpgMillions of people in the U.S. are dealing with an inability to conceive children. Chances are that we all know someone who has had difficulty having children through natural conception methods. In fact, you may be someone who has struggled to get pregnant and have a healthy child.

While this is undoubtedly an upsetting position to be in, there are alternatives that can allow people to start or add to their families. It is important to note, however, that these alternatives oftentimes involve other people and surrendering of parental rights. Because of this, it is crucial to consider the legal elements of these options.

What factors are considered when calculating child support?

34690105_S.jpgIf you ask just about any parent in Missouri what they think about the child support they pay or receive, you will likely get one of two answers, depending on whether they are the payer or the recipient: way too much or not enough.

Parents who are required to comply with an order for child support don't always see child support strictly as a means of supporting a child, which is why it's hard to see eye-to-eye. Some think of it as a penalty for noncustodial parents or that it should serve as a reward for acting as "the better parent." But the fact is there are strict guidelines when it comes to calculating child support Missouri courts will use. Below are some of the factors that are and are not generally considered.

Missouri parents: Be prepared for upcoming child custody changes

18214239_S (1).jpgFamily legal matters can be very difficult to resolve without legal support, particularly because the laws governing them are often changing. Recently, for instance, a law passed in Missouri that changes how judges will be required to approach and resolve child custody cases.

Previously, courts could make assumptions about which parent may be better suited to serve as the custodial parent. The new law, however, prohibits such an assumption and instead requires the courts to start every case assuming each parent is an equally qualified parent. Adjustments will then be made based on the unique factors of the individual situation.

3 things to take away from Paltrow-Martin divorce

11615436_S.jpgIf you read celebrity news, you may already know that actress Gwyneth Paltrow and musician Chris Martin recently finalized their divorce. The split initially made headlines for Paltrow's use of the phrase "consciously uncoupled" in place of "divorce," and now over two years later, BBC has reported that they are officially and legally uncoupled.

You may not be interested in celebrity relationships or breakups, but there are a few things that we as non-famous people can take away from this particular situation.

Parents pay the price for unpaid child support

57076810_S.jpgIf you have been ordered to pay child support, it is critical that you take this obligation very seriously. Not only are your contributions essential to the well-being of your child, but they are also enforced by Missouri courts.

In the event that you fail to keep up with your payments, you will be held accountable. In many cases, you could face contentious battles with your ex that make co-parenting far more difficult. It this doesn't happen or if it doesn't seem so bad, you should know that you can also be facing legal repercussions from the state. 

Don't lose your rights during child custody procedures

18214239_S.jpgWhen a marriage ends, it can cause everyone in the family to feel stress and anxiety. Adding to the stress is the inescapable fact that parents have important decisions to make at a time when their emotions are running high. Mistakes can be made and indeed they sometimes are. Even worse, many Missouri parents find themselves unable to resolve their custody disputes, leading to litigation. If you are in the middle of a divorce and are consistently at odds with your co-parent, do not risk your rights simply to put an end to the proceedings. Instead, fight for your parental rights by working with an attorney.

Family courts in Jackson County, Missouri, always place the best interests of the child above all else. While you are in child custody negotiations or litigation, it is important to seek out an advocate who can advise you every step of the way. Doing so helps ensure you will not make a mistake that will cost you your rights. Remember, you must be ready to show the court why your custody plan is the best for your child. If the proceedings lead to litigation, such preparation and making a strong case for yourself is more important than ever.

Celebrate your independence this weekend

27288122_S.jpgThis weekend, residents across Jackson County will be heading out to barbecues, beaches and cabins to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend. But if you are dealing with divorce, this weekend can be about more than celebrating the country's independence: It could also be about celebrating your own independence.

It is not unusual for people going through a divorce to be so focused on the end of their marriage that they can't or won't think about the beginning of the next chapter. But as many people, including the author of this Huffington Post article, ultimately realize, there are some upsides to divorce, including a sense of freedom.

What do my child support payments cover?

37197042_S.jpgChild support orders can spark some contentious battles between parents. Almost inevitably, the receiving parent would like to have more money and the paying parent would prefer to pay less. But what is important for both parents to remember is that the amounts calculated by Missouri courts are based on the resources of the parents and the the needs of the child.

Even if you don't take issue with this, you can still be confused when it comes to what, specifically, child support is supposed to cover. Understanding what these payments are for can help clear up any misconceptions or assumptions that could be causing some contention.

If you're dealing with a difficult co-parent, read this post

7221800_S.jpgIf you no longer want to be married or be in a relationship with someone, you can seek a divorce or simply break off the relationship. However, when children are involved, it can be much more complicated because you still have to co-parent with them.  This means that you may still have to deal with how the other parent can be petty and vindictive when they don't get their way.

Dealing with a difficult person is exhausting, but don't be surprised about this tactic. After all, if you give up and simply walk away, you not only let the other parent win, you are compromising your relationship with your child.