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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. 

They are always your children

Divorce is difficult for children. Young children do not really understand why mommy and daddy are not living together. Older children may not really understand, and they can get the wrong idea as to why their parents are divorcing. But it is not really the divorce that is difficult. The legal separation of two lives is unintelligible for most children, but they don't really need to understand that.

It is the failure of their parent's relationship and the fear or guilt that develops that suggests to them that it is their fault. Which is why during your divorce with children, you want to have the professionals deal with the technical aspects, both legal and financial, to ensure that those matters are appropriately dealt with, while you work on the emotional side of the equation.

To prenup or not to prenup? It is a good question

There are few more sensitive topics in family law than that of a prenuptial agreement. As its name suggests, it occurs prior to the nuptials, and yet its topic is the division of assets as a result of a divorce. This is conceptually a difficult idea to wrap one's head around, but that difficulty pales in comparison to the difficulty of emotionally comprehending dividing and protecting your assets before you promise to remain married "'til death do you part."

And not everyone needs a prenuptial. If you and your spouse come from modest means, and neither of your parents have substantial assets that you potentially could inherit, there may be no "separate" assets that need protection.

Medical marijuana and joint custody issues

While all parents need to behave around their children, for divorced parents, the stakes are somewhat higher. You have a former spouse who may still harbor ill feeling towards you and be more than happy to use some indiscretion to make your life as a parent difficult.

Child custody decisions may hinge on many factors, but issues involving alcohol and drugs can quickly rise to the top of the list of items a court may examine very closely in the context of disputed custody of the child.

Missouri same-sex divorce case goes back to lower court

Court procedure can sometimes be maddening to participants. Court rules tend to be very technical and in some cases draconian. If you have a 30-day deadline to respond to a motion and you file your response on the 31st day, your case could be dismissed and your right to litigate the matter permanently ended.

A fundamental question for any court when presented with a case is whether it has subject matter jurisdiction. This means, is this a type of case the court is authorized to hear. If a court does not have subject matter jurisdiction, the case would presumably have to be dismissed and, if possible, refilled in a court with proper jurisdiction.

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