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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.

Missouri Senate passes bill that addresses child neglect

11966026_S.jpgChild safety is of utmost concern for people in Missouri and across the country. The Missouri Senate has successfully passed Senate Bill 628. This bill addresses several different matters. One of the most important issues addressed as part of this bill is child neglect and abuse. The bill creates a Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect.

This committee will be comprised of seven members from both the House and Senate. The purpose of the new committee is to study child neglect and child abuse reporting as well as the investigations surrounding these reports. The committee will then determine a plan to assist in the process of making the decision to remove an at-risk child from a home.

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