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How to ease the transition of divorce with children

With a flurry of emotions running through the minds of divorcing spouses in Missouri, it may be difficult to think soundly or rationally. These emotions may spill out during discussions or negotiations between a soon-to-be ex-spouse. During these emotional times, it is important to be mindful of the presence of children who may be affected by a heated discussion between their two parents.

How do Missouri courts determine child support?

When Missourians are in the process of a divorce and are expecting to be paying or receiving child support payments, they may want to consider and be aware of how child support payments are determined. The first thing the courts consider is the type of custody involved, as the amount will be different if one parent has sole custody or if the parents share joint custody.

How a Missouri Prenuptial agreement can be voided

Approximately half of all marriages in the United States ultimately ending in divorce. That is why it is so important for future spouses to, at least, consider the possibility and think about how to best protect themselves. This can be an especially tricky and uncomfortable conversation, especially with a wedding on the horizon. But, creating a prenuptial agreement, or prenup, between two parties could save a couple from major headaches, issues and even save money down the line, if the marriage were to break down.

What is the Violence Against Women Act?

In 1994, the United States government passed the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, to establish a national hotline for domestic violence victims. The Act is enforced and recognized in all states, including Missouri, as well as tribal and territorial jurisdictions in the United States. Included within the Act is funding for legal and court fees associated with protection orders and funding for rape kits for victims. In addition, the Act provides for domestic violence crime units and funding for sexual violence and domestic violence training for local enforcement officers.

Protect your assets with a professional team

Missourians involved in a high asset divorce, the importance of understanding the laws and the ways to protect assets cannot be understated. The other party, the soon-to-be ex-spouse, will have a team protecting his or her assets. So, it is important to come to the table prepared as well.

Joseph J. Porzenski
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