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Helping grandparents with visitation rights

14310189_S.jpgWhen a couple decides to divorce, there are many legal issues that may arise, and many parties who may be less than satisfied with the results of the divorce. Oftentimes custodial parents feel that they are not paid enough in child support, or noncustodial parents feel that they do not get to see their children enough. While each of these may be valid concerns, there is a significant focus on the outcome of a divorce agreement as it pertains to children and parents, but very little attention is paid to grandparents.

What are Missouri's adoption laws?

16972215_S.jpgThere are many reasons that an individual or a couple may wish to adopt a child: some same-sex couples who cannot conceive together choose to adopt in order to expand their families and some people simply want to provide a better life for children who have no caregiving relationships with their parents. Regardless of the reasons, those who wish to adopt are encouraged to do so, but armed with the necessary knowledge.

Some Missouri counties struggle with same sex marriage

272775_S.jpgThanks to a landmark decision by the Supreme Court, same-sex couples can now legally be married in every state in the country. This means there is an entirely new demographic of people who will need legal assistance with family law matters, such as prenuptial agreements, adoption or even divorce. The ability to marry comes with many other issues that same-sex couples will need to address. Of course, there are some counties in which that is still not the primary concern of same-sex couples.

Should I get a prenuptial agreement?

32565788_S.jpgPrenuptial 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.

What should I know about adoption in Missouri?

37825615_S.jpgAdoption 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.

Missouri women accused of child abuse

24273855_S.jpgOne of the primary responsibilities of family law is to protect children who cannot protect themselves. This is why when couples are going through a divorce, a great deal of focus is put on determining the custody arrangement based on what is in the best interests of the child. The courts want to ensure that the children will be treated well and cared for so that they develop into healthy, productive members of society.

Seven dead in domestic violence shooting

Thumbnail image for 19014677_S.jpgFamily law covers a wide range of legal matters, including divorce, child custody and prenuptial agreements. While these are perhaps the most common and well-known practices of family law, domestic violence may be the most important because of the potential drastic consequences. This is not to understate the serious impact that a divorce or custody agreement can have on a family, but to raise awareness about a family issue that may not be widely recognized.

Things to know about child support in Missouri

12869850_S.jpgChild support is one of the most hotly contested areas of family law. It is a popular stereotype regarding divorced couples in our society: neither party is happy with child support. It seems that in every movie or television show, the divorced husband feels that he is paying too much in child support, or the divorced mother bemoans that her husband's substantial paycheck should allow him to spare a bit more for the sake of the child. Of course these stereotypes exist for a reason, and many divorced couples genuinely feel this way.

What are Missouri's views on same-sex marriage?

14600276_S.jpgSame sex marriage is gaining popularity across the country. Some states have legalized it, and many other states have cases in the courts that are trying to challenge the bans on same-sex marriage. So far this year, the Supreme Court has upheld rulings that permit same-sex marriage in five more states, and although Missouri is not one of those states, the issue is cropping up in our court system.

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