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Cohabitation agreements are helpful for unwed couples

8549583_S.jpgSo you've met someone you really like, and things are going extremely well. In fact, the two of you are thinking of taking your relationship to the next level by living together. This is a very common practice. Many couples believe that by foregoing the formality of getting married, they will sidestep certain legal hassles if they should choose to go their separate ways.

Therapists advocate trial separations for troubled couples

20501452_S (1).jpgMarriage is not easy. It involves making compromises, sharing sacrifices and working through differences. And over time, differences can become more pronounced and even develop into resentments. Eventually, spouses may have difficulty communicating civilly, at which point one or both parties may start questioning the wisdom of remaining together.

For military families, challenges can start when deployment ends

Military life can present families with many 20386335_S.jpgchallenges. A service member on active duty can face long stretches of time away from home. This separation can be all the more difficult if the service member is stationed in an area of armed conflict. Meanwhile, the family must learn to adapt to this absence, all the while worrying about their loved one's well-being.

You can break the cycle of domestic violence

5836840_S.jpgMaybe it started with a cruel remark or a loud demand. But over time, things escalated to frequent bouts of physical violence. Dealing with an abusive partner can be extremely frightening and emotionally draining. And the situation can even become life-threatening.

Do not be afraid to consider divorce

7471389_S.jpgDivorce has a negative connotation in society, implying that a marriage has failed or that the married couple could not put forth the effort required to make the marriage work. Despite this, divorce is not something that a married couple should avoid simply because of what society says. Here's the truth: people change, and marriages that were once happy may simply morph into a union that is no long viable for one or both parties involved. This is especially true for people in the military.

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.

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