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Protective orders can help victims of domestic abuse

47578031_S.jpgThere are few circumstances that can truly match the fear and anguish brought upon by domestic abuse. For many people, it is simply impossible to imagine that the idea of home, the place that should be safe and relaxing, is more like a torturous prison. People often tell victims to simply walk away, as though it were as easy as packing up and moving out. However, victims often feel threatened and worry about their own safety and the safety of their loved ones if they leave.

Helping Missouri residents solve property disputes

44034302_S.jpgIf you have ever known a friend or family member that has gone through a divorce, you probably know just how difficult it can be to reach an agreement when it comes to asset division. Even with legal assistance and mediation, it can take couples weeks or months of deliberation and litigation before any kind of agreement is reached. What is perhaps most alarming about this is that the laws surrounding marital property and asset division are quite clear. For unmarried couples, such an issue can be even more demanding.

Does my state of residence affect my military divorce?

15643917_S.jpgThere are many things that make a military divorce vastly more complex than a civilian divorce, but there is perhaps no greater issue to be tackled than state laws. As with many other legal matters, each state has different laws for different issues, and so a legal action in one state may be completely different from the same legal action in another state. Why is this a particular issue with military divorce? Because the state is sometimes a variable.

Do not be afraid to question paternity

15082818_S.jpgStatistics indicate that there are a large number of single mothers in our society today, with nearly 40 percent of all children being born to couples who are not married. Some people view this as a problem, citing irresponsible mothers or deadbeat fathers as a symptom of our country's economic declines or social tragedies. The true problem with these out-of-wedlock births, however, is that issues of paternity are rarely addressed as thoroughly as they should be. This can lead to the wrong man paying child support for a baby that is not his, or a loving father being denied custody rights due to a legal technicality.

The differences between legal separation and divorce

29683453_S.jpgMany people have heard of legal separation, but to those who do not have direct experience with this legal area, exactly how legal separation differs from divorce may not be clear. After all, in both instances, the law recognizes the separation of a married couple, but the way in which that separation is recognized is crucial. When a couple is legally separated, they are still married despite the separation. Divorce involves a separation in which couples are no longer married.

The benefits of a cohabitation property agreement

14104852_S.jpgIf you and your significant other live together, you will likely amass a great deal of property together. Anything from a bed or a sofa to a television or even a kitchen utensil could become the source of a heated property dispute in the event that you and your significant other ever break up. This is because, legally, it is extremely difficult to determine who owns what in the relationship, especially if the couple did not keep records or an agreement.

Stange Law Firm, PC office in Kansas City, Missouri coming soon

Kansas City 2.jpgStange Law Firm, PC is happy to announce the opening of the firm's 13th location in Lee's Summit (Kansas City), Missouri. This office will be open the beginning of February to help serve the residents of Jackson County and the surrounding areas.

USFSPA and your military divorce

41537249_S.jpgUSFSPA refers to the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act, which was an Act established to ensure that the former spouses of individuals who serve in the military would receive a share of the retirement benefits that said former spouse earned from service. Essentially, under Missouri law, the retirement pay of those who serve or have served in the military is considered marital property, and just like other marital property, it is subject to being divided during a divorce.

Begin defending yourself against domestic abuse right now

14527942_S.jpgWhen it comes to domestic violence, we understand the urgency of the situation and that timing is everything. Victims of domestic abuse endure some of the most traumatic and unimaginable circumstances on a daily basis, and securing legal protection as soon as possible is critical to their mental and physical health. More importantly, if a domestic abuser discovers that his or her victim has pursued legal action, the consequences could be fatal, making it even more important that victims get the help they need fast.

Legal separation can help couples contemplating divorce

43001582_S.jpgNobody would ever claim that marriage is easy. Relationships take work, and staying together through things like unexpected unemployment, moving to different states, raising children and any of the other issues that may arise during a marriage can easily put a strain on a couple's relationship. The simple truth is that circumstances change, life changes and a relationship may change as well. What was once a happy, loving relationship may instead become a hostile or apathetic union of two individuals who simply happen to be living together.

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