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Unmarried couples need to keep finances simple and separate

35137027_S.jpgEven if your relationship with your live-in partner could not be better, be aware that things can change over time. Any number of unforeseeable factors could contribute to a parting of the ways. And if this happens, you want to make the break as clean as possible and you want to retain that which belongs to you.

Keep your emotions in check during a legal separation

50563212_S (1).jpgIf you and your spouse are considering a legal separation, then you are likely feeling a mixture of strong and complicated feelings. It is understandable if you are experiencing intense anxiety. After all, your marriage is in the balance, and you have no idea what the future holds.

The Progression of Family Law in Missouri

53466713_S.jpgIf you're a Missouri father who is in the process of divorcing or otherwise severing ties with your child's other parent, you may be worried that you will not receive fair treatment in regard to child custody or child support decisions rendered by the court. This is a legitimate concern as the court has traditionally used what it determines as the child's best interests as the basis for such decisions. While this sounds reasonable, the fact is that such determinations are always subjective to a certain degree, and may not produce the desired results.

Parental psychological evaluation process may be flawed

39459672_S.jpgIf you suffer from a mental illness, your life is filled with challenges. And this is especially true if you have a child. But just having issues does not preclude you from being a loving and capable parent. Unfortunately, if you should become embroiled in a contentious divorce, your condition could be used against you for custody purposes. 

Military spouses sacrifice career aspirations to their detriment

47455715_S.jpgIf you married a member of our nation's armed services, you likely anticipated that you would have to make numerous sacrifices. Of course, there are long periods of time when your spouse is deployed or on maneuvers during which you are solely in charge of all household duties. You may have also had to move numerous times, following your spouse to his or her next assignment.

Unmarried couples need to discuss finances

39082263_S.jpgWhile married couples may enjoy a variety of financial benefits regarding tax breaks and spousal Social Security benefits, there are couples who prefer to remain unmarried while cohabiting. There are any number or reasons for foregoing the rings, the vows and the marriage license, but there is no avoiding most of the same economic realities experienced by married couples.

Life experience may lead a couple to seek a postnuptial agreement

36796603_S.jpgMuch is made about the advantages enjoyed by couples who opt to sign prenuptial agreements before saying "I do." Creating a prenuptial agreement is a great way to clarify the rights and responsibilities held by each party during the marriage as well as how things should be handled in the event of a divorce.

How can I make the most of the time separated from my spouse?

41611243_S.jpgIf you and your spouse have arrived at a point in your marriage where you are questioning your future together, you may decide that a legal separation is the best way to help you get perspective. A separation allows married couples some time apart to assess their lives together and what life would be like if they should choose to divorce.

False domestic abuse charges could negate a constitutional right

40378967_S.jpgAll couples have disagreements and sometimes these disagreements escalate to full-blown conflicts. And if violence should enter the equation, there are a number of laws, both state and federal, that are designed to help protect victims. Many of these laws contain stipulations that can place limitations on the alleged abuser. For example, a domestic abuse charge could affect the accused's right to own guns.

How can I tell if my spouse is hiding assets?

43131755_S (1).jpgNo matter how long you have been married to another person, it is impossible to be absolutely certain what is going on in his or her mind. Of course, if the relationship is strong and based on mutual love and trust, you don't need to know everything your spouse is thinking so long as you are sure their intentions are good.

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