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Incarceration and the custodial parent

21473422_S.jpgMissouri custodial parents who are arrested might wonder what will become of their child. If they are going to go to jail, the child may be placed with the other parent or another family member. Child social services may be involved in the process.

Courts base their decision about which parent gets custody on what is in the best interests of the child, and they will apply the same set of criteria when they decide who to place the children with if the custodial parent can no longer care for them. This includes considering who is best able to care for the child financially and physically.

7 ways to de-stress during divorce

52507605_S.jpgIn our last post, we discussed various elements of the legal system that could be used to your advantage when it comes to divorce and managing the stress that comes with navigating the legal process.

In this post, we are going to look at some helpful things you can do to take care of yourself and manage your stress outside of the legal system. These tips can help you prioritize your well-being and minimize the toll that divorce can take on your health.

Prenuptial agreements and inheritances

38197388_S.jpgMissouri parents who want to safeguard their adult children's inheritance for them should begin by having open conversations with them about their options. This can include prenuptial agreements.

A prenuptial agreement is a legal contract that a couple completes before they get married and that classifies assets as either marital or separately owned if the marriage ends. It is a tool that can preserve a child's inheritance if he or she were to divorce. However, it requires that both parties enter the agreement voluntarily and that they both offer full financial disclosure.

Use the legal system to your advantage during a divorce

20329572_S.jpgDivorce is one of the most stressful events a person can go through, emotionally, physically and financially. To make matters worse, the legal system can be quite overwhelming for most people.

While it is natural to feel besieged by everything, take a moment and try to recognize how you can actually use the legal system to your advantage during a divorce. Below are a few elements of the law that can actually help you feel more in control and less stressed out.

Holidays can be difficult for military couples

Far too often we fall prey to ideas that have been repeatedly foisted upon us throughout our lives. One of these ideas is that the holidays are by definition a time of togetherness and celebration. And while this can be true in some instances, it is hardly a rule. In fact, the unrelenting pressure to make holidays cheerful often produces the opposite effect in many people.

How can I retain my financial autonomy while living with someone?

41317954_S.jpgOne of the reasons couples choose to forgo marriage is because they want to retain their autonomy. But the problem is, if you are not careful, you may find that over time you become far more tied to your partner than you had planned. This is all well and good if the two of you are getting along. But what happens if things don't work out and your financial entanglements prevent you from making a clean break?

Initiating a legal separation, part 2

Every marriage has its peaks and valleys as partners do their best to share their lives. And with some luck and effort, couples are often able to weather their low points and stay together. But sometimes circumstances are such that splitting becomes a very real possibility. However, prior to taking the final and serious measure of divorce, couples may legally separate to get some perspective on the viability of remaining married.

Initiating a legal separation, part 1

42400740_S.jpgVery rare is the marriage that never has conflicts. And sometimes a couple may find themselves wondering if they want to continue their life together or go their separate ways. This can be a very difficult decision that will have a long-term impact on a family. But by separating for a while, both parties can assess their relationship and make a clear-headed choice that is informed by their true feelings rather than what may be a temporary emotional state.

Postnuptial agreements can benefit newlyweds

40518599_S.jpgGetting married can be a wonderful, dizzying experience. Often couples on the precipice of marriage are so busy it is all they can do to prepare for the wedding, so they may not feel like they have time to sit down and create a prenuptial agreement. And some couples simply don't want to jeopardize their relationship by discussing issues that could prove contentious.

Expressions of anger can impact custody decisions

49635486_S.jpgBen Franklin is cited as having said, "Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one." And while these are very sound words, in theory, putting them into practice can be very challenging. The fact is, we all have experiences that can drive us to distraction and even lead us to falling prey to some very negative emotions.

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