LOUIS, Missouri. When it comes to finally deciding to file for divorce, the decision can be agonizing. Sometimes the marriage is clearly over, but neither party is fully ready to let go. Sometimes both parties know that the marriage is likely to end, but neither wants to be the one to make the tough decision to end things. If you and your spouse are considering divorce, it is important to consider that there may be certain advantages to filing for divorce first. What are they?
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LOUIS, Missouri. Getting divorced with children is hard. Not only will you and your ex have to make decisions about child custody, but you may find yourself living in two households with the same incomes and the same—or more—expenses. Most divorce lawyers tell families that they need to be prepared to downsize after divorce. Many divorcing couples ask themselves if they can afford it. A two-parent household often allows families to save money on rent, childcare, and other expenses.
LOUIS, Missouri. Senate candidate Roy Moore has come under fire this week for allegations pertaining to his actions around minors when he was in his thirties. Several women have made allegations that he sexually assaulted them when they were teenagers. Most commentators agree that if these claims are true, Moore should be held to account. Yet, many people are unaware that in many states older men can marry underage girls. In some cases, these young women are in arranged marriages or forced marriages where they have no choice in the matter. Some are pulled out of high school. It can be very difficult for these young women to break free through divorce. Many may not be aware of their rights.
LOUIS, Missouri. The elderly across the country are facing a mostly-hidden challenge from family courts. The New Yorker recently reported on cases in which family courts grant “guardians” the right to take control of an elderly person’s finances, home, and personal decisions. These “guardians” may or may not be known to the elderly person being affected. In fact, in some areas of the country, the guardians are for-profit companies that sell assets, drain the estates of the elderly, and bill hundreds of dollars an hour for these services—all while the family fights to regain their loved one’s rights.
If you have been unhappy in your marriage for a while but the logistics of divorce are too overwhelming to even consider filing, you may be wondering if there are any other options. Fortunately, the state of Missouri also allows couples to file for legal separation, which does not actually dissolve a marriage but still allows spouses to go their separate ways.
Most divorcing parents can expect the court to order some kind of child support arrangement even if the judge awards them with 50/50 custody. Typically, the only time the court will not designate child support obligations is if both parents have essentially the same income and each has the children for half the time.