Things you can and can’t expect from the GAL

It is not uncommon in St. Louis County for the Judge to appoint a Guardian ad Litem (“GAL”) in a family law case. While the GAL is commonly referred to as the child’s attorney, the GAL in fact represents the best interests of the child. I have been a GAL and dealt...

SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS AND CHILD SUPPORT

In Missouri, child support starts with the calculation of the Presumed Amount of Support using the Form 14. To calculate the Presumed Support, the starting point is the gross income of the parents. The Directions on Use for the Form 14 specifically provide that Social...

WANT TO RELOCATE WITH YOUR CHILD?

IF YOU HAVE SOLE OR JOINT PHYSICAL CUSTODY OF YOUIR CHILD AND WANT TO CHANGE THEIR RESIDENCE, YOU MUST DO THESE THINGS In Missouri, there is a very specific law that sets forth what needs to happen for the sole or joint custodian of a child to lawfully change the...

WHO GETS THE RING?

I have many clients who ask me during our initial consultation about either the engagement ring or the wedding band or both. Sometimes the ring in question is a family heirloom, sometimes it is an expensive piece of jewelry and one time it was a piece of art actually...

Parenting Plan for Parents Who Cannot Co-Parent

I got this form Parenting Plan from a colleague many years ago for use in extreme cases where the parents are completely unable to co-parent and instead have the act in parallel. It provides the excruciating level of detail required in these extreme cases. It is not...