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Grandparents will fight for custody of grandchild in Missouri

Parents in St. Charles, Missouri, who are headed toward divorce, may face a series of adversities throughout the process. Divorcing parents may become embroiled in a child custody battle in order to determine who wins custody of the child and who will be the parent to pay child support. However, in cases in which both parents have died or become incapable of raising their child, grandparents and other relatives may step up to gain custody of the child.

Reduced child support rates to prevent delinquent payments

Failure to pay child support could result from unaffordable rates mandated by courts in St. Charles County, Missouri. Some parents are unable to pay child support because of the recent recession, unemployment and poverty. Missouri parents with existing delinquent child support payments might hide from authorities because they cannot pay and are afraid of the consequences.

January known as 'divorce month'

Even though some Missouri couples appear to be portraits of matrimonial bliss during the holidays, the state's divorce lawyers know the new year brings an annual event: a spike in the number of new divorce filings. Many spouses in unhappy marriages resolve to divorce at some point in the previous year but bide their time, hoping to spend one last holiday as a family.

Establishing paternity to preserve child-custody rights

According to many researchers, children lead more stable lives when they have mature and constant fathers or father figures early in life. Still, during a child-custody dispute, many people assume that only a mother can provide the best and most nurturing environment. Establishing or certifying paternity enables the rights of a father to be exercised in custody, support and visitation issues anywhere in the country, including St. Charles County.

When divorce means sharing business assets

Married couples in Missouri who are both life partners and business partners may wonder whether it is possible for a couple to start and run a business together before and after a divorce. One couple is saying, "Yes, it is." And recent census data suggest that they may not be alone.

Joseph J. Porzenski
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