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What are the benefits of discussing child-custody arrangements?

Whether you live in Missouri or Connecticut, you have probably heard stories of divorce battles over their kids when parents decide to part. When minor children are involved, child custody issues might very well arise. Some parents take their cases to court, but others make informal agreements. Getting a definitive legal ruling about custody can benefit both the parents and the children involved in the process.

Penalties for failing to make child support payments in Missouri

When parents divorce or separate, their children are often at financial risk, and so every state, including Missouri, requires the parent who does not have custody of the children to pay support. This financial assistance is used to meet children's everyday expenses, including food, education and health care. The amount of support is determined in a child support hearing or is based on an agreement signed by both parents. The majority of noncustodial parents are responsible and pay their support on time. They also know that they can face penalties and other consequences if they do not meet their obligations.

What are the steps necessary to establish paternity?

Paternity is all about fatherhood. Legally, establishing paternity is about determining responsibility for child support if it is needed, but socially it is about establishing the relationship between a father and his child. Issues involving paternity can be complex in Missouri and elsewhere in the country, so understanding the basic process for establishing paternity and the reasons for it will help anyone who is currently dealing with the issue. Previous posts covered basic information on paternity; this post discusses the legal steps to establishing paternity in the state.

Ken Griffin's high-net worth divorce continues

Saint Charles, Missouri, residents may be interested to know that there are two common types of divorce. The first type of divorce involves divorcing parties who have few properties or assets to divide. The second type involves an array of property and assets, also known as a high-net worth divorce. High asset divorces are often more complicated than common divorces. Such is the case with Ken Griffin, a Chicago hedge-fund manager, and his wife, Anne Dias Griffin.

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