Columbia Divorce Law Blog

Study finds increased heart attack risk for woman after divorce

No one will deny that, for most, divorce is an intense and emotionally trying process. A relationship that at one time was the most important in the world for you is now to be done away with, ended. It may be ending because you were too young, you did not understand what you really needed in a spouse or that you have grown apart, leading separate lives under the same roof.

Whatever reason, it's over. You might want to just walk away, but first, you have to tie up a few loose ends. Whether it is dividing your finances, separating bank and investment accounts and selling the family home to deciding on the custody arrangements and the details of your parenting plan, joint physical and legal custody or some variation, all of these fine points need to be taken care of before you walk away.

The pros and cons of establishing paternity

If you are the father of a child who was born outside of marriage, you may be wondering what legal steps you need to take — or if you need to take any steps at all.

You may have heard the term "paternity," and you may have been told that you should legally establish yourself as the father of your child, but why? Is it really worth it to jump through the legal hoops and complete all the paperwork? What are the advantages and disadvantages of establishing paternity in Missouri?

Roles during a divorce

It's important during a divorce to remember the roles all of the parties play. As a spouse, your role is to decide the direction you want to take, and work with your professionals to achieve that goal. Your professionals can all provide important advice and counsel during your divorce, but you have to ask the right questions of the right professionals.

Your attorney is there to handle the technical aspects of your divorce as a legal proceeding. They are they to ensure all documents are filed on time, with proper notice and that no deadlines are missed. They are there to advise you of your legal options with regard to all of the legal elements of your divorce, from how property is divided for your property settlement to helping you work through the details of creating a viable parent plan for your children.

Divorcing for the sake of your children?

When people discuss divorce between parents, the first thought is often, "But what about the children?" This is a natural impulse, and the aspects of child custody or the parenting plan, cost of child support, and the determination of where the children will live have a large role in the ultimate divorce settlement.

But the question often implies the children will suffer because their parents are divorcing. In this matter, we have to keep a few things straight. We must remember that the choice is not between the lives an idealized television family, like "Leave it to Beaver" and a divorce.

How child support affects taxes

Tax season is now in full swing. For many households, filing taxes brings up important considerations regarding not only tax law, but also family law. These areas often overlap in key ways.

We recently discussed the affect of child custody on taxes. Today, we will examine the interplay between child support and taxes.

Helping your children through divorce with strong co-parenting

Many parents in Missouri who have gone through a divorce know that splitting up is not always easy on children. Adjusting to a new routine and a new home life takes time and often comes with obstacles. As parents, however, there are few things you may be able to do to help your children through this transition.

A recent article written by a divorce and parenting coach explains how parents can work together to make their divorce a little easier on their children. The solution, she says, is effective co-parenting through compromise.

Take your divorce one step at a time

During a divorce, things can become confused and overwhelming. You may find yourself feeling somewhat out of control and this alone, excusing the worries over your children and your financial future, could be disconcerting. But you have all of those other worries, in addition to the emotional pain and general feelings of disorientation in your life.

How to avoid that? It is not easy, as self-doubt and uncertainly are closely associated with the process of divorce. But this is where your divorce attorney and other professionals can help. By knowing which professional to rely on for each service is key and can help reduce some of the "overwhelming-ness" of the divorce process.

How does child custody affect taxes?

The deadline to file your taxes is less than a month away. As we get closer to April 15, some Missouri parents who divorced last year may be wondering how their child custody arrangement factors into their federal tax returns. In today's post, we will help you begin to understand who can claim the children as dependents and what benefits that person may receive.

Missouri Senate approves bill to forgive child support debt

There is no doubt that some people have trouble paying child support. Job loss, health issues and other factors can make it difficult for some parents to make ends meet.

Earlier this week, the Missouri Senate approved a bill that would forgive a portion of child support debt owed to the state. If the bill is passed into law, noncustodial parents could have up to $2,000 of their child support debt eliminated if they agree to participate in parenting courses or job training.

If my spouse cheated, are assets still split evenly in divorce?

Many divorces in Missouri are caused in part by infidelity. However, even if adultery is the reason for your divorce, it does not necessarily mean a judge will take it into consideration when approving your divorce settlement. 

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