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Your place on the web to read and learn more about a variety of legal topics from the comfort of your own office chair.  And we’ve kept each topic concise enough that it can be covered in the time it takes to break for coffee!

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...

WHERE CAN YOU FILE FOR DIVORCE IN MISSOURI

I read an interesting blog post earlier this week posted by a colleague whom I hold in high regard, although I disagree with her on this point. She answered the above question by saying, in part, that the dissolution of marriage action or divorce must be filed in the...

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