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Jean-Claude Van Damme to divorce first wife for second time

Most Americans throughout the country, including those living in the St. Charles, Missouri, area, know Jean-Claude Van Damme, Hollywood martial arts actor from the 80's and 90's. He starred in films such as Bloodsport, Universal Soldier, Street Fighter and Sudden Death. Through the decades, he established an almost B-star cult following. Unfortunately, his skills in beating up the bad guys has not translated into effective marital skills. It was announced last week that his second marriage with his first wife, Gladys Van Varenberg, is about to end.

How does a judge decide who gets custody?

It doesn't matter whether you live in St. Charles, Missouri, or anywhere else in the United States; for most parents going through a divorce, the most important factor is the well-being of the child or children. If the decision to split is mutually agreed upon, often with the opinions of counselors, mediators, and attorneys, things are easy. But if there's a dispute and no resolution can be reached, it is up to the courts to decide.

Understanding your paternity rights in Missouri

In St. Charles County, Missouri, and throughout the country, if a child is born to an unmarried couple, the child does not have a legal father. A biological father must first establish paternity, at which time, the father's name will be included on the child's birth certificate. Establishing paternity is also important for a father to be able to include his child under his health insurance plan, as well as for Social Security and Veterans benefits in the event of the father dying or becoming disabled.

Understanding, handling and coping with divorce

Divorce is not easy for many St. Charles County, Missouri, residents. Spouses often feel overwhelmed with the legal technicalities involved including but not limited to property division and alimony. If children are involved, things become even more complex with child custody, visitation and child support entering the fray.

Joseph J. Porzenski
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