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Kansas City Family Law Blog

Can unpaid child support impact my tax refund?

4458129_S.jpgWhen non-custodial parents are unable to pay the child support they owe, their lives may become difficult in various ways. From being unable to apply for a passport to facing the risk of arrest, child support delinquency can upend life. Moreover, there are other consequences that some people do not realize, such as the way that unpaid child support can affect tax refunds.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, tax refunds can be reduced in order to cover back child support. If you have fallen far enough behind on your child support payments and are expecting a tax refund, the Bureau of the Fiscal Service has the ability to offset money you are owed by the IRS. If the BFS does intercept your tax refund, you will receive a notice which informs you of the action.

Reducing the impact of divorce during the 4th of July

30426115_S.jpgIf separating from your spouse has become necessary, various issues that you may have to address can be even more complicated during Independence Day and other holidays. At Stange Law Firm, our Missouri firm recognizes the different ways that family law matters can be even more challenging during the Fourth of July and on other U.S. holidays. Whether you have kids or are worried about questions that you may be asked from some of your relatives, it is essential to be prepared for any hurdles that may arise.

Whether you are planning on taking your children to see a firework display or have plans in place to host a family get-together, your loved ones may have questions about your marital status and some of the other issues you may be dealing with. Although this can feel overwhelming, you may be able to find peace of mind and explain your circumstances more efficiently if you are prepared for questions and have a clear understanding of the different divorce-related matters you are facing. From child support or custody to property division and filing a divorce petition, you may have many different concerns.

When are men presumed a child's legal father?

45234478_S.jpgFor custodial parents and non-custodial parents, there are times when it is vital to understand whether or not a man is presumed to be a child's legal father. Whether you are worried about receiving child support that you and your child are counting on or you fear that you will be ordered to pay support for a child that is not biologically yours, understanding where Missouri law stands on this topic could be very important.

The Missouri Courts says that a man is presumed to be a child's legal father if he was married to the child's mother at the time of the child's birth or if the birth occurred no later than 300 days after the man divorced the child's mother, according to state law. If a man who was married to a child's mother does not believe that he is the biological father of the child, he can file a petition.

Divorce and domestic violence

30141534_S.jpgThere are a wide variety of reasons why couples decide that it is time to part ways, from infidelity to the simple fact that they are incompatible with each other. However, in Jackson County, and in all of Missouri's communities, some couples split up as a result of domestic violence. At Stange Law Firm, we are very familiar with the multitude of ways this can affect victims, those falsely accused of domestic violence, and children.

Handling domestic violence cases appropriately is essential. If you are a victim of domestic violence, or if your child has been abused, it is pivotal to protect yourself and your child from further harm and take steps to ensure that abuse does not occur again. Unfortunately, domestic violence can have a devastating impact on children and significantly interrupt their current life. Worse yet, the consequences of domestic violence can last for years and may create challenges for victims in the future.

Back child support leaves rap artist behind bars

36312005_S.jpgFailing to pay child support can create diverse challenges. In Jackson County, and in various parts of Missouri, those who fall behind may face stiff penalties such as fines, a social stigma and even time in prison. At the same time, unpaid child support can make life tough for parents and children on a daily basis. For example, they may struggle with the cost of school supplies, food and other necessities. As a result, all parties should take child support matters very seriously and stay committed to securing a positive outcome.

A 42-year-old rap artist was recently sentenced to prison as a result of back child support. Sources say that a judge's ruling in May stipulated that the man would have to pay all of the back child support he owed or spend 30 days behind bars.

Infidelity, divorce and emotions

37920142_S.jpgIn last week's post, we looked at some of the divorce-related issues that may arise for those with post-traumatic stress disorder. However, at Stange Law Firm, we know that people often encounter other hurdles when working through the divorce process, such as strong emotions resulting from infidelity. In Jackson County, and in other counties through Missouri, you should try to work your way through divorce as efficiently as possible.

Sometimes, infidelity results in a married couple splitting up and going through contentious disputes. If you were accused of infidelity, or if your partner was unfaithful, there are a number of things you may want to keep in mind if you have decided to split up. First of all, if you can try to maintain your emotions this may be helpful. Divorce can be incredibly challenging, regardless of the reasons behind a couple's decision to end their marriage. From custody to child support and property division, you should try to be fully prepared and emotionally stable as you navigate the divorce process.

Are people with PTSD more likely to divorce?

44838961_S.jpgWith regard to divorce, numerous issues may need to be taken into consideration. For example, if you have a high net worth, or if you and your spouse have children, your divorce may be very different from someone who has a low income or does not have any children. In Jackson County, Missouri, there are other matters, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, that may have an impact on your or your marital partner if you decide to file for divorce.

According to information presented by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, some veterans who had PTSD after serving in the Vietnam War were more likely to divorce their spouse than those who did not have PTSD. Additionally, it is important to point out that people who have PTSD may experience strong emotions as a result of the disorder, such as anger. If you suffer from PTSD, or if you are married to someone who has this condition, you may want to keep this in mind as you approach the divorce process.

Can immigrants who are abused file for divorce?

10783408_S.jpgWhen 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.

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