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Confusion abounds regarding military divorce and benefits

2266167_S.jpgAs a service member, you spend much of your intellectual and physical energy helping to protect our country. And sometimes marital relationships can suffer when service members must spend so much time away from home. As a result, you may find that you and your spouse are no longer able to remain happily attached.

When leaving a relationship, you should get to keep what's yours

50563212_S.jpgPerhaps when you first moved in with your partner, it was intended as a trial run to see if you were compatible. Or maybe you never had designs on marriage but wanted to share your lives together. But whatever the circumstance, you and your partner cohabited for years without ever creating a formal legal agreement that would establish your rights if the relationship were to end.

Lisa Marie Presley legally separates from husband

43131755_S.jpgThe lyrics of the song "Suspicious Minds" begin with the lines, "Caught in a trap, I can't walk out, because I love you too much baby." This refrain was made famous by Elvis Presley and it reflects the feelings of a man whose relationship is suffering, but he is not ready to give up on it yet. And it appears that his daughter, Lisa Marie, may now be in a similar situation.

In spite of best efforts, some military marriages don't work out

51287383_S.jpgBy their nature, the men and women who offer themselves in service to our country tend to be brave and eager to face challenges. But some of the biggest challenges are not those encountered while engaged in service, but rather back home after a deployment.

Domestic violence victims may benefit from new law

16522847_S.jpgAnyone who has experienced the emotional and physical consequences of domestic violence understands the true complexities of the problem. Outsiders may wonder why a person doesn't simply leave. But it is not always so easy. In some cases, an abuser may try to pursue a victim who is attempting to break free. Therefore, it is very important that the victim's whereabouts remain a mystery to the abuser.

Settling custody issues can be easier with help

19319034_S.jpgDivorce is rarely easy and is often contentious. It is so easy for spouses to become extremely agitated when working out the details of a divorce. While it's one thing to debate over property or assets, it is quite another to be in conflict in matters regarding children. Regardless of how poorly you may believe your soon-to-be ex-spouse behaved during the marriage, it is important to remember that he or she is your child's other parent.

Cohabitation agreements are helpful for unwed couples

8549583_S.jpgSo you've met someone you really like, and things are going extremely well. In fact, the two of you are thinking of taking your relationship to the next level by living together. This is a very common practice. Many couples believe that by foregoing the formality of getting married, they will sidestep certain legal hassles if they should choose to go their separate ways.

Therapists advocate trial separations for troubled couples

20501452_S (1).jpgMarriage is not easy. It involves making compromises, sharing sacrifices and working through differences. And over time, differences can become more pronounced and even develop into resentments. Eventually, spouses may have difficulty communicating civilly, at which point one or both parties may start questioning the wisdom of remaining together.

For military families, challenges can start when deployment ends

Military life can present families with many 20386335_S.jpgchallenges. A service member on active duty can face long stretches of time away from home. This separation can be all the more difficult if the service member is stationed in an area of armed conflict. Meanwhile, the family must learn to adapt to this absence, all the while worrying about their loved one's well-being.

You can break the cycle of domestic violence

5836840_S.jpgMaybe it started with a cruel remark or a loud demand. But over time, things escalated to frequent bouts of physical violence. Dealing with an abusive partner can be extremely frightening and emotionally draining. And the situation can even become life-threatening.