We often talk about how serious Missouri treats domestic violence, and we recently reported on a state congressman who is taking steps to increase resources devoted to reducing domestic violence and assisting victims. New statistics indicate that this help cannot come quickly enough, as many shelters are struggling to provide the necessary assistance for domestic violence victims. Whether it is employees being released or lack of funding, the fact is that many individuals are unable to receive the help they need.
The primary difference between legal separation and divorce is that a couple is still technically married, even if they are legally separated, whereas in a divorce, the marriage is ended. This is a particularly crucial distinction to make if a couple is unsure that they truly want their marriage to be ended, but they still wish to have many issue commonly covered by divorce to be mandated by the courts.
Divorce is never a situation that should be taken lightly, but at the same time it is not a situation that should be automatically avoided either. There is often a social stigma about divorce where people feel that a divorced couple should never have been married in the first place or should have worked harder to keep their marriage together, but those who have been divorced know that this is far from the truth.
Prenuptial agreements have long been a source of contention when it comes to marriage. There really is no getting around the fact that you are essentially putting a contingency plan in place for divorce, and the possibility of divorce is the last thing you are likely considering when getting married. Some parties instantly become suspicious if their fiancée requests a prenuptial agreement, but the truth is that prenuptial agreements offer many benefits. It is up to couples to determine if they should get a prenuptial agreement.
Domestic violence continues to be a large issue that too many people suffer from throughout the country. The state of Missouri takes domestic violence very seriously, and even though our state has taken great strides to help victims of domestic violence, there is always more that can be done. In fact, it sometimes seems that as hard as we fight to help domestic violence, there continues to be an increase in domestic violence issues.
With current Missouri offices in St. Louis County, St. Louis City (by appointment only), West County (Ellisville), Jefferson County (Arnold), St Charles County (St. Charles), and Lincoln County (Troy), Stange Law Firm, PC is pleased to open a new office in Boone County in Columbia, Missouri. The new office will be located at 1506 Chapel Hill Road Suite H, Columbia, MO 65203. Opening June 1, 2015, this office will serve clients in Boone County and the surrounding areas.
An interesting property dispute has developed recently in Houston, wherein two people seem to have valid claims of ownership to the same house. According to the report, a man who grew up in the house has a deed to the house and claims that it is his, but a woman who also has the deed claims that she owns it, and for the past few months, she has resided in the house. This is because one of the man's sisters signed the house over to the woman.
There is a bit of a social stigma surrounding divorce, wherein couples may feel that staying in an unhappy relationship is preferable to admitting that their marriage has failed. But despite what society may tell you, there is truly nothing wrong with recognizing that a once happy, healthy relationship has become a strenuous lifestyle. Things change throughout the course of a marriage, and things like loss of job or addition of children can completely alter your lifestyle and change the dynamic of your marriage. There is no shame in leaving a marriage that is not making you happy.
Adoption is a noble and wonderful legal option that pairs prospective parents with orphaned children, often leading to a better life for the child and increased happiness and purpose for the parent or parents. Of course acquiring legal custody of a child who is not biologically tied to you is no small matter, and the state of Missouri naturally takes the adoption process very seriously. If you are looking to adopt a child, here are a few things you should know.
By far one of the most important and meaningful areas of family law is defense and protection from domestic violence. National awareness of domestic violence has been rising, but Missouri law has always treated domestic abuse very seriously. When most people think of domestic abuse, they think of a man beating his wife or girlfriend in a drunken rage, but we know that this is not always the case. Anyone in any household can be a victim of domestic violence, sadly, even infants.