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Separation agreements can have implications in Missouri divorces

21964900_S.jpgMany couples in Missouri who are splitting up face the decision of whether to go with a legal separation or a divorce. Both scenarios have some similarities in terms of reaching agreements, yet both have different implications that can affect a person's financial future. This is why it is important to learn about both before coming to any kind of agreement.

With separation, couples can enter into agreements. These agreements often address similar issues to the ones in a divorce. However, those entering into these agreements should be warned that not only does a separation often lead to divorce, but that the agreements made in a separation can greatly impact any divorce agreements later on down the road.

Fathers can face unique issues in divorce

12940561_S.jpgBack in the 1970s and 1980s, many started to push back against what they considered to be the norm of women being favored by the courts when it came to divorce decisions, like child custody and alimony. At the time many claimed men were routinely being overlooked when it came to family law decisions.

Since then, while many claim prejudices still exist, much has changed. Even the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers recently reported more mothers are being ordered to pay child support. And, with many women now working -- and in some cases earning more than their partners -- more men are also receiving alimony payments.

Some find boosts to career after divorce

12736557_m.jpgFor Missouri residents, going through a divorce can be tiring and stressful. For some, depending on their work situation, the divorce can also end up hindering or advancing their careers too.

One particularly tricky area can be if two spouses work together or own a business together. If the divorce is rather heated, this can lead to serious work complications.

Stress of deployment can lead to military divorce

9858035_S.jpgMilitary deployments put a certain stress on not only those in the service, but also on their families. In fact, a recent Johns Hopkins University study found civilian spouses suffer from the same types of post-traumatic stress symptoms that their military husbands and wives go through upon returning home from combat.

The fact that civilian husbands and wives also go through many of the same symptoms only adds to the risk of having troubles within the marriage that can lead to divorce.

Tom Cruise may end up in child custody battle

15473289_S.jpgIn news heard around the world, actress Katie Holmes filed for divorce from actor Tom Cruise. And while there is already a lot of speculation regarding why the couple may have divorced, it appears that Cruise may have quite the fight on his hands as Holmes wants primary child custody of their 6-year-old daughter Suri.

Holmes filed for divorce from her husband of five years on Thursday citing "irreconcilable differences." According to sources, she is seeking sole custody and primary residential custody. There is no word yet on whether or not Cruise plans on fighting this request in court. All that is known is that this type of child custody agreement would be very different than the one he has with ex-wife Nicole Kidman where the couple agreed to joint custody.

According to Kidman, the two children currently live with Cruise at their own request.

Domestic violence situations can arise in child custody exchanges

20134666_S.jpgWhen it comes to child custody matters, emotions can run high. One parent may feel like he or she came up short after the divorce or separation, which can lead to animosity. In some situations, one parent dropping a child off with another can even be viewed as a way of continuing to be defeated. Sadly, these types of thoughts and emotions at times end up leading to domestic violence situations that put both the parents and children at risk.

Recently there were two separate incidents where violence played a role in custody exchanges. One case was a tragic murder-suicide. The other involved violence, but both parents did survive.

Family law: How to deal with an ex during a milestone celebration

12393593_S.jpgMid-June is a common time of year for not only graduations, but also for other celebrations like weddings, starting a new career and even moving. These milestones are ones that everyone looks forward to -- children and parents alike. However, there can be an added unnecessary level of stress for the children of parents who are separated or have gone through a contentious divorce.

Risa Garon, who is the executive director of the National Family Resiliency Center, works with children and adolescents and hears time and time again worrisome comments from those whose parents are divorced or broken up. Quite often the fears revolve around the possibility of parents getting into embarrassing arguments during these supposed to be joyous occasions.

Child support tips for Missouri fathers

23934668_S.jpgMany times we talk about child support obligations in the context of divorce. However, it is important to remember that parents who were never married when they had a child can still have child support obligations. These obligations should be taken very seriously, as not paying child support could lead to wage garnishment and even possible jail time.

When it comes to child support in Missouri, there are a number of things to keep in mind.

Separation frequently leads to divorce

8789751_S.jpgIn Missouri, there are no official separation requirements before a couple files for divorce. However, it is quite common for many couples to separate in order to give themselves time to figure out exactly what they want to do: Either try once more to stay together or file for divorce.

Statistically, when a couple does separate, it greatly increases their chances of getting divorced. One recent study even found that roughly 79 percent of couples who separate later go on to file for divorce. Additionally, it seems that three years of separation is the breaking point, as those who have been separated for three years tend to not reunite and instead either stay in this limbo of separation or file for divorce.

Study finds emotions play role in divorce negotiations

17185733_s.jpgIt should come as no surprise that during the divorce process it is quite natural and normal for a wide range of emotions to come up. Some husbands may feel guilty for filing for a divorce, while some wives may be angry that the marriage did not go as intended. Others may just regret that the marriage could not work out. However, what's important to keep in mind is that it is often these different emotions that end up influencing how a divorcing couple will negotiate with one another in order to reach some sort of a divorce settlement.

Recently, a study looked at 36 separate couples who had filed for divorce. All of these couples were in their 40s and had been married for roughly 15 years. Of those couples, around 75 percent had children together.

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