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Top Reasons People Get Divorced

Experiencing a divorce is one of the hardest events which a family can go through and divorce proceedings can feel exceptionally isolating. Although the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) ...
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Minimizing Divorce Stress On Children

Raising children is difficult in and of itself. When divorce occurs, it makes parenting that much more difficult. In fact, significant research has gone into the effects of divorces on children. Some ...
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Change of custody based on alienation of one parent

Modification Affirmed Statutes provide that circuit court may consider modification of custody on facts constituting substantial and continuing change of circumstances after previous decree, or ...
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Court cannot award maintenance without considering property

In a recent case, the court of appeals reversed a trial court in a divorce proceedings because the trial judge awarded wife spousal maintenance prior to considering whether she could support herself ...
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Prenup of millionaire set aside

In the climate of today's divorce laws, perhaps the wisest thing a person can do is obtain a prenuptual agreement prior to marriage. Ideally, it is a way for the parties to clarify beforehand the ...
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Adoption Contract Causes Re-Adopted Girl To Inherit Millions

John and Christine Svenningsen adopted a baby Chinese girl in 1996. They already had four children, and another one to come, besides their adopted girl. John Svenningsen, was a wealthy businessman at ...
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Child's conduct toward parent irrelevant in child support payments

Trial Court erred in failing to follow two-step procedure for determining child support. Child's SSI from Father's disability does not constitute income to Father or credit for Mother. ...
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When do half-truths become untruths?

Occasionally, rarely, courts will illuminate, rather than obscure, the truth. In this opinion, the court of appeals articulated the best definition I have ever seen of when a half-truth becomes ...
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Differences in Property Classification between Kansas and Missouri law

A recent case demonstrates a key difference between Kansas law and Missouri law on the classification of property in a divorce case. In Jenkins v. Jenkins, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the ...
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20% Child Support modification rule doesn't apply without change of circumstaces

Ordinarily, Missouri child support is subject to revision when financial circumstances change such that the child support amount by 20% or more. However, there must be an actual material change in ...
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The Divorce Hotel

A Dutch entrepreneur is bringing this concept to American cities. The concept? Check-in to the divorce hotel by Friday, be divorced by the end of the weekend. As a divorce attorney, I am skeptical of ...
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Divorce settlement agreements must be drafted with care

It has become customary in contract of all kinds to include a provision that no representations have been made unless expressly written in the contract and that the terms of the contract cannot be ...
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