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Full Custody, Joint Custody, Sole or Split? Or maybe 50/50. What do I really want and what exactly do these words mean in Missouri anyway?

In cases involving children, the Court must, either by agreement or by trial, set up some sort of custodial arrangement for the kids involved. There are many options available, all of which fit under a just a few legally recognized categories. There… Read More

Parenting Plan that Vaguely Assigns Decision Making Responsibilities to Third Party Unenforceable.

In a recent ruling by the Missouri Court of Appeals, in a custody modification proceeding, the trial court’s modified parenting plan delegated the authority to make all medical, educational, and extracurricular decisions for one of the parents&… Read More

Tenancy by the Entireties exemption for Married Couples Holds - Case Law Update

The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Southern District of Missouri has just recently upheld the Missouri exemption (protection from creditors) for Tenancy by the Entirety for jointly owned property by married couples. Tenancy by the Entireties is a… Read More

Separation Anxiety: 5 Ways to Help Your Children Cope With Divorce

The following post appeared earlier this month on the South Carolina Family Law Blog. I thought these were some great thoughts for divorcing parents to keep in mind: While divorce proceedings may pose a great burden upon parents, they often have a di… Read More

Supreme Court Advisory Committee Determines Collaborative Law is Ethical in Missouri

On August 20, 2008 the Advisory Commitee of the Supreme Court of Missouri issued a formal opinion that the practice of Collaborative law, a form of practice where clients agree from the outset to settle their case out of court through negotiation rat… Read More

What California's Same Sex Marriage Law Means to Missourians

As most people know, the California Supreme Court recently ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. So what does that mean for Missourians? In California, there were two statutes that said that a marriage is between… Read More

Should Your Child Have a "Gap Year" Before College

Princeton encourages it. Harvard’s a big fan. From Tufts to MIT, some of the most prestigious universities in the nation are urging students to consider something that would make most parents cringe: The idea of putting off college for a year i… Read More

A Dozen Ways Children Of Divorce Get Caught In Their Parents' Conflict Part 3 of 3 (9-12)

Every divorcing parent should make it their top priority to keep their children from getting caught in the middle of the conflict of their divorce. The following is the third installment of tips and thoughts are from James Roberts, RSW, a licensed so… Read More

A Dozen Ways Children of Divorce Get Caught In Their parents' Conflict: Part 2 (5-8)

Every divorcing parent should make it their top priority to keep their children from getting caught in the middle of the conflict of their divorce. The following is the second installment of tips and thoughts are from James Roberts, RSW, a licensed s… Read More

A Dozen Ways Children Of Divorce Get Caught In Their Parents' Conflict - Part 1 (1-4)

Every divorcing parent should make it their top priority to keep their children from getting caught in the middle of the conflict of their divorce. The following tips and thoughts are from James Roberts, RSW, a licensed social worker in Missouri and… Read More
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