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Domestic violence and cell phone recordings

With family law, various legal challenges may arise. However, those involving domestic violence are often particularly difficult to work through and may carry significant consequences. Depending on your circumstances, you may be worried about your safety or the well-being of your children. Or, you could fear that your reputation and career will be shattered. Our Missouri law firm fully understands the amount of stress that domestic violence disputes can generate and we believe it is important to take steps to protect yourself.

If you are afraid that you may be subjected to domestic violence, it could be a good idea to be prepared to capture any incident on your cell phone or via another mechanism, such as a security camera. If you have already obtained evidence of domestic violence on your phone, you may want to consider using this footage as evidence in court.

Divorce and concerns about identity theft

16290767_S.jpgDivorce brings many hurdles for couples, such as concerns about who will be responsible for paying debts or taking care of children. However, some people may also fall victim to identity theft at the hands of their former marital partner. If you fear that this may happen to you, it is pivotal to take whatever steps you can to protect your identity. If you think that this has already affected you, you may want to look into further action. Unfortunately, identity theft can affect those who are splitting up with their spouse for different reasons.

Sometimes, people are very bitter during a divorce or are upset at their former spouse for one reason or another. Unfortunately, some people choose to act out in a way that may hurt their ex, even if it is against the law. Some people may also steal their former spouse's identity because they are experiencing financial challenges after ending their marriage. Moreover, this can be especially problematic because spouses often have each other's personal information, such as date of birth, mother's maiden name, social security number, etc. If you have experienced identity theft or another violation of the law because of your ex, you may want to address this in court.

When a child custody battle is a life or death matter

37707567_S.jpgAll too often, child custody battles involve some level of child abuse. Countless parents across the nation have experienced the crippling stress of attempting to gain full custody of children in dire situations. When an ex-spouse or partner fails to provide their child with proper emotional and physical care, that failure constitutes as abuse. Parents in Kansas City have the right to dispute child custody arrangements when they fear their children are unsafe.

There are answers to child custody battles involving abuse, but in the case of one Kansas City grandparent, that answer came too late. Last month, KSHB News reported on the tragic death of three-year-old Evan Brewer, whose remains were found at the home of his mother and her boyfriend. KSHB shared that, in September of this year, the father of the child had filed a protection from abuse order against the couple. The father claimed that the boyfriend would beat Evan extensively. Even more shockingly, complaints of abuse to the child landed in the records of the Department of Children and Families just days before the child died. The father of Evan heavily criticized the state's lack of involvement in such cases, demanding more attention spent on addressing child abuse.   

What is third-party custody?

42256169_S.jpgLike most grandparents in Jackson County, your deep regard for your grandchildren is only matched by the love you feel for your own kids. You of course want to see your own children succeed as parents, yet not at the expense of your grandkids' well-being. If the issue of your grandchildren's custody does come up, you may feel as though you owe it to them to ask the court to consider giving you custodial rights. 

Section 452.375(5) of Missouri's Domestic Relations Code shows that the state considers five distinct types of custody: 

  • Joint physical and joint legal custody to both parents
  • Joint physical custody with sole legal custody awarded to one parent
  • Joint legal custody with sole physical custody awarded to one parent
  • Sole custody awarded to one parent 
  • Third-party custody 

Addressing threats during the divorce process

37960928_S.jpgDivorce can be hard for many reasons, from custody to child support arrangements. However, there are times when the end of marriage can become especially troubling. For example, someone may have to deal with threats from their spouse, whether these threats involve violence or have to do with legal issues involving children. Stange Law Firm is aware of how troubling this can be for parents, and we know how essential it is for people to handle these types of disputes appropriately, as difficult as that can be at times.

With technology, there are even more ways for threats, false accusations, and other attacks to arise. During divorce, a spouse may receive a hateful email from the person who they are splitting up with. Not only can this generate an intense emotional reaction, such as stress, anger, depression, or fear, but it could also have an impact on the case. If you are going through a divorce, it is vital to be careful with the things you say. On the other hand, if you have received threats, you may want to consider bringing this up in the courtroom, especially if they involve the safety of you or your children.

Family law issues and retirement

37453448_S.jpgWhether someone is worried about the outcome of a child custody dispute or is unsure of how their marital property will be divvied up, splitting up with a spouse can be tough in many different ways. However, those who have made the decision to file for divorce shortly before or right after retiring may face additional challenges. Our law firm also realizes that some people may be caught off-guard after their spouse decides to call off the marriage right around the time of their retirement. If you are facing these hurdles, you should review your rights and take steps to protect your future.

Divorce can be hard, but it can also be viewed as a new beginning. Likewise, retiring can be difficult for some people, but for many it is also a fresh start. If you recently retired, your daily life could have changed in all sorts of ways. For example, you may have more free time and your daily routine has likely changed quite a bit. Ending your marriage can also change your life in a multitude of ways and you could have a hard time processing these changes if you are already trying to adjust to life after retirement. 

Can an unmarried parent be required to pay child support?

13409498_S.jpgFrom questions about the modification of a child support order to tax refund interception and figuring out how to enforce a child support order, our law firm knows that people have all sorts of questions about this facet of family law. However, you may be wondering how child support could affect you if you recently split up with your child's other parent, whether you are worried about providing for the child and are unsure if you are eligible to receive child support or are not sure if you will be required to make payments.

According to the Missouri Department of Social Services, establishing paternity allows both of a child's parents to go to court over child support matters. If paternity has been established and you are a child's legal father, you may be required to pay child support, regardless of whether or not you were married to the child's other parent. If you hope to receive child support benefits but paternity has not been established, you may want to take a closer look at this topic and familiarize yourself with some of the different ways paternity can be established.

Custody issues and back-to-school season

43145928_S.jpgFor many parents, back-to-school season can present various challenges and increase the level of stress they experience on a daily basis. However, if you are working through a custody dispute, fighting for your visitation rights, or are dealing with other custody-related legal matters, this time of year can be particularly difficult. Our firm knows how tricky some of these situations can be, especially if your child's other parent does not want to cooperate or is difficult to communicate with.

Sometimes, parents are able to work out an agreement that addresses which parent will attend school events or help the child with extracurricular activities. When setting up a parenting agreement or visitation schedule, it is important to review your child's school schedule and aim to set up an agreement that will work best for everyone. Some parents are worried that their child's school responsibilities will interfere with their ability to see their child after a divorce, so it is important to review all factors.

Standing up for your visitation rights

8507983_S.jpgAll sorts of family law topics have been covered on this blog, such as child support and different challenges that can arise during the process of divorce. However, those related to child custody, such as visitation rights, can be especially emotional for parents and may also have a significant impact on children. We understand just how much is often at stake for parents in Jackson County and other Missouri communities who are struggling with this dilemma.

There are many reasons why you may have an even greater level of stress while fighting for your right to visit your child. For example, you could be worried that an unsuccessful outcome will bar you from spending time with a child you care deeply about. Unfortunately, these scenarios can also create lasting hardships for children, who may be unable to continue healthy relationships with their parents. Although it may feel overwhelming, it is particularly important for you to make sure that you are thoroughly prepared for any areas of concern and able to present your defense optimally in court.

Family law issues and vacations

8610934_S.jpgThere are many different problems that people come across with regard to family law. Whether you are struggling because of a child custody dispute, are having trouble paying child support, or are stressed out about the idea of divorce and are unsure of how it will affect your family, family law can make life challenging. Our law firm knows how vital it is to work through these matters correctly and it can be very beneficial for you to find ways to relieve stress. Sometimes, people are able to regain a fresher focus and temporarily set aside some of their worries by traveling, while others may be afraid that legal issues related to family law will interrupt their vacation.

There are all sorts of dilemmas you could be facing, depending on your circumstances. On the one hand, you could lose your ability to obtain a passport because you have fallen too far behind on your child support payments, completely throwing off your vacation plans. Or, perhaps you and your spouse were planning a trip together and have had to change your plans because you have decided to end your marriage. Whether you are going through these difficulties or have any other uncertainties involving family law and your vacation, it is crucial to prepare as much as possible and ensure that you handle the situation appropriately.

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