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Assistance in handling child support issues

During the process of a divorce, many issues must be properly discussed, addressed and decided upon. In addition to the various aspects of property division and alimony or spousal support, if a couple has children, they must make decisions based on both child custody and child support. As one can likely understand, this process can be particularly trying for parents as they look to the best interests of their children.

What is "marital property" in Missouri?

While the decision whether to divorce is a very personal and emotional one, once the divorce process has begun, most of the decision-making involves property. A major part of any divorce is the property division process, in which the parties must determine what is and what is not "marital property," and then decide on how to divide it fairly between them. In the United States, there are two forms of marital property, depending on where you live: common law property or community property. Most states, including Missouri, follow common law principles of "equitable division." What does this mean?

Couples in St. Charles may wait until after holidays to divorce

Sometimes it is done to avoid awkward moments at family gatherings during the holidays. It may also be to provide the kids with a happy time while vacationing. Other times it is representative of "turning a page" and starting off the new year with a fresh start. Regardless of the reason or reasons, studies show that married couples often wait until after the holiday season to proceed with their divorce.

ALIVE and well in St. Louis and the surrounding area

Protecting yourself and your child or children from an abusive relationship is crucial for the well-being of yourself and your child. Thankfully, there are programs available to help. Last week, the Alternatives to living in Violent Environments, or ALIVE, celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony to raise awareness of the program that offers shelter and help for victims of domestic violence.

How do I juggle child visitation with the holiday season?

Thanksgiving just passed and the holiday season is in full swing. With the holidays come family dinners, gatherings, special events, and parties. For divorcing couples with children, these times may not always be filled with joy, but with stress while trying to work with an ex-spouse to coordinate events with children.

Joseph J. Porzenski
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