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St. Louis Family Law Blog

Dog allegedly stolen in property dispute

41890697_S.jpgWhen an unmarried couple decides to live together, it can be a very happy moment for the couple and could ultimately bring them closer. However, if the couple eventually splits, the resulting dispute of assets could be extremely problematic. Unless the couple kept detailed records of which assets belonged to whom, the split can devolve into an argument of one person's word against the other. In extreme circumstances, people may take matters into their own hands.

What practices should unmarried couples avoid?

14195176_S.jpgThere are a growing number of unmarried couples cohabitating in modern America, and regardless of how you may feel about the topic, the legal ramifications of such commingling are very significant. If unmarried couples do not approach their cohabitation correctly, the fallout if the couple eventually breaks up could have extremely negative side effects on both parties. It may be tempting to act as if you are married, but until you actually tie the knot, such behavior can be a detriment.

Helping Missouri residents modify custody orders

25355615_S.jpgWhen going through a divorce, determining child custody and child support is often the most important thing for parents. Understandably, the anxiety and tension can be extremely high as both parents attempt to prove that they belong in their child or children's lives. If a child support or child custody order is determined, and you do not feel that you are given the time you deserve with your child, it can be crushing, but your battle for custody does not have to end there.

Military life may incentivize young marriage

38789852_S.jpgIf you serve in the military or have ever served in the military, chances are that you know or knew an extremely young couple that married in their early twenties, perhaps even in their late teens. It is not uncommon for young military couples for a variety of reasons, but the numbers speak for themselves. More than 40 percent of active military service members are in their early twenties, and of those 40 percent, more than half are married.

We can help you understand legal separation

11615436_S.jpgLegal separation can be a very confusing concept for many people. Some people view legal separation and divorce as interchangeable terms, both referring to a marriage that is no longer legally recognized. However, this is not entirely accurate, and the subtle differences between the two are often where people get confused. Combine these subtle differences with the fact that separation laws and requirements are different depending on the state, and it is easy to see why legal separation can present so many problems.

Domestic violence is a crime

15252312_S.jpgDomestic violence is often considered a family law issue, and while you should absolutely consult with a family law attorney to help you with your domestic violence issue, it is important to remember that, unlike many family law issues that are civil suits, domestic violence is a crime. This means that a person who is engaging in domestic violence can be accused of a criminal lawsuit and even arrested.

Minors and emancipation in Missouri

37774117_S.jpgA person's age can play a significant role in many legal areas all across the country, both criminal and civil. For instance, a child charged with a crime will usually face a significantly lesser punishment for the exact same crime committed by an adult. Age can also impact civil law in many ways, and is arguably the most influential in matters of family law, where younger residents often have to have their parents permission.

Legal advice concerning Survivor Benefit Plans

43943273_S.jpgIf you are at all familiar with military divorce, you probably know that it is significantly more complicated than non-military divorce for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is having to determine where to file. Some of the factors that contribute to the complexity of military divorce include additional assets that must be determined as part of the divorce, and the rules that govern these assets and their division.

What types of issues might a separation agreement cover?

Legal separation is not a particularly difficult concept, but it is unknown to many people, so it's not surprising that the average Missouri resident might have questions about the process. Legal separation is, in many ways, a trial for divorce. It allows couples to experience what life would be like if they were divorced without actually ending their marriage in the eyes of the law.

Ownership plays a large role for unmarried couples

47366607_S.jpgIn a time when more and more people are living together for extended periods of time before marriage, the legal rights of each person in the relationship are becoming more important to understand and determine. A larger portion of the population is experiencing issues that used to be reserved only for a few people, and the complexities are starting to affect many. For instance, did you know that the way you and your significant other decide to own property can affect you later on?

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