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July 2016 Archives

How prenuptial agreements and alimony affect mortgages

13965526_S.jpgWhat many Missouri couples who are about to get married and buy a house may not know is that lenders may take a prenuptial agreement into consideration if it includes details about the house the couple wants to buy. Bankers may also look at alimony payments if a couple is going through the divorce process. These documents can give bankers the overall picture of a couple's financial situation.

Social Security and divorce

6907811_S.jpgMany Missouri residents are aware that they can claim Social Security benefits based on their spouse's earning records. However, they may not aware that they may be able to do so even if they have gotten divorced and are still single. The first requirement to claim benefits based on a former spouse's income is that the marriage must have lasted at least 10 years.

Uncontested divorce vs. litigated divorce

5774322_S.jpgWhen Missouri couples are facing the end of their marriages, they need to go through a series of legal decisions. How they reach terms for property division, child custody and spousal support depends upon their personal needs and their ability to control their emotions during negotiations. An uncontested divorce and litigation represent the opposite ends of the spectrum of legal options.

Fighting for your rights as a Missouri father

15039344_S.jpgWhen parents go their separate ways, it is safe to say they still want what is best for their children. While many children in the state of Missouri are raised in the home of the primary caregiver, it does not mean the other parent has no rights. Unfortunately, many fathers believe they are not treated fairly in child custody decisions. Sometimes this is not the case, but all too often it is entirely true. The good news is that courts in Missouri and elsewhere are coming to understand how important it is for a child to have two active parents in their lives.

Do you want a jury handling your child custody determination?

270124_S.jpgFor most families in Columbia who have to undergo the divorce process, minimizing the strife and contentiousness of the proceeding is an important goal. If you have children, unless one of the parents is found "unfit," you will have to maintain some type of relationship with your former spouse. You will likely have some form of joint custody arrangement, sharing legal and physical custody with your former spouse and that will be easier if you part on civil terms.

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