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New program gets $9.6 million grant to help Missouri families

For years, it has become increasingly well known that fathers play a very important role in their children's lives. Although historically the mothers have generally been known to be the "caregivers," courts in the United States and throughout the world are doing more and more to make certain that fathers maintain a presence with their children, especially for children of divorced parents. In an effort to maintain a healthy family, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families recently issued a $9.6 million dollar grant to the University of Missouri to research and develop a program geared toward helping families.

How is child support enforced?

Following a divorce, the custodial parent of children from a marriage may find him or herself in a financial dilemma. If one of the parents worked while the other took care of the home and children, that parent no longer has any income. In addition to spousal support or alimony, during the process of the divorce is it not uncommon for the custodial parent to collect child support.

Coping with divorce during the holidays

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and the holidays in December and the new year are not far behind. The holiday season often brings families in the St. Charles area together with numerous holiday parties, dinners and social gatherings. While this is supposed to be a time of joy and thankfulness, for people going through divorce, spouses may feel heartbroken with the thought of a failed marriage and uncertainty about the future.

Amazon adds paternity leave for its employees

The medical world has said for years that the relationship between the father of a child and his child is vitally important for both the father and child's well-being. However, until recently, laws and society in general have been slow to act and embrace this reality. This is changing however. Paternity rights have become an important factor in protecting the relationship between a father and his child, both in law, and in the workplace. This has recently become evident by the decision of the internet giant Amazon to offer men paid paternity leave. The company will also extend paid maternity leave from eight weeks up to 20 weeks, and will also offer an innovative new program called the "Leave Share Program."

Joseph J. Porzenski
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