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September 2012 Archives

Parental alienation from child custody disputes not in

St. Charles residents may know how difficult it is to go through a divorce with children. Some child custody agreements do not go as smoothly as planned, and some parents try to cause problems in their child's relationship with the other parent. This is called "parental alienation." Despite significant efforts by some, the American Psychiatric Association has decided that this term will not be included in its latest catalog of mental diseases.

Former NBA player's ex demands $15,000 a month in child support

The ex-girlfriend of former NBA player Quincy Douby is seeking $15,000 a month in child support to cover expenses for the former player's five-year-old daughter. Currently, the former NBA player is paying around $1,500 in child support. The story has important lessons for Missouri residents. It encourages parents to consider the actual financial needs associated with raising a child -- the costs that a court will consider in a child support dispute.

Kelsey Grammer's divorce reaches expensive settlement

Actor Kelsey Grammer, best known for the TV shows "Cheers" and "Frasier," has reached a settlement in his divorce from ex-wife Camille Grammer, a reality television personality. Camille, who currently stars in "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," will reportedly receive half of Kelsey's earnings, which amounts to $30 million. The high-net worth divorce settlement also includes terms and agreements regarding the asset division and the split of marital property.

Texas follows Missouri's lead for limits to paternity challenges

Paternity law in Texas changed on September 1st to impose a one year statute of limitations on fathers who want to challenge paternity to avoid paying child support. Under the new law, legal fathers only have one year from the date they learn they might not be a father to petition for DNA testing in order to have the court declare they are not the child's father and do not have to pay child support. As a result, paternity law in Texas now has similarities to Missouri law and other states.

Joseph J. Porzenski
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