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When a divorce turns into child abuse

During divorce, many items need to be decided and agreed upon, such as the division of assets, alimony, child support and child custody. Unfortunately, it is not entirely uncommon for emotions to get heated between soon-to-be ex-spouses. Because of these heated emotions, there are times when Missouri courts must intervene. But, this also means that one spouse may try to paint the other spouse in a negative light to convince the court to decide in their favor. Psychologist, Ira Turkat, has theorized this abnormal behavior to be something called, "Malicious Mother Syndrome."

What are the different types of child custody?

When involved in a divorce with children from the marriage, inevitably child custody rights will be discussed and ultimately determined. These decisions made by Missouri courts will undoubtedly follow the "whatever's in the best interest of the child" mantra when rendering its decision. It is important, however, to understand the different types of custody, and the options available to both spouses when discussing and trying to come to an agreement.

Legally defining a child's father can be complicated

Establishing paternity following the birth of a child is important for all parties involved: the mother, the father and especially the child. In most cases of children born during a Missouri marriage, the father is "presumed" to be the husband in the marriage. But, there are other ways a father is "presumed," as well as other ways a father may be classified, including an "acknowledged father," an "equitable father" and an "unwed father." So, what are the differences, and how are they classified?

Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman file for divorce

Hollywood star, Drew Barrymore, and art consultant, Will Kopelman, announced through Us Weekly that they are getting divorced. Barrymore has been known by many Missourians most of her life, from her introduction into Hollywood as childhood star of "E.T." to more recent movies, such as "The Wedding Singer," "Charlie's Angels," and "Never Been Kissed."

Joseph J. Porzenski
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