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2 primary concerns for high-asset divorces

If you are one-half of a high-asset union in the St. Louis area and considering divorce, you might believe you have things all figured out. You have probably thought about ending the relationship for some time. Though you might have taken measures to prepare for this kind of event before you said exchanged vows with your spouse, divorce is not always easy. 

Regardless of how amicable things may seem between you and your spouse now, they might not remain that way. With concerns about property division, child custody and alimony on your mind, you might realize that you are not as prepared for divorce as you would like to be. To make the separation easier for everyone, consider the following pointers on high-asset divorce:

Divorce and prenup go hand-in-hand for many couples

A nationwide increase in couples seeking prenuptial agreements is reported. However, those planning their weddings in Missouri will likely agree that it remains a difficult subject to broach. The idea of preparing for divorce, even before the marriage, remains the thorny bit of this conversation. Advisers maintain that it is less uncomfortable if the subject is brought up when a couple is still dating. At that stage, it will be an exchange of ideas rather than a situation in which it can be mistaken as one partner demanding a prenuptial agreement.

The advisers say being able to discuss the issue honestly and openly indicates a stable relationship. If this is true, both parties will agree that a divorce is the last thing they want, but at the same time, they would want to make things easier for both in the unfortunate event of a breakup. It might help to remind a partner that all marital relationships end -- if not in divorce, then in death -- and a prenup will serve the same protection if one spouse dies.

Pursuing grandparent visitation rights after divorce

Going through a divorce can be a trying time for not only the ex-spouses, but also for everyone else attached to them. In some cases where the two parties are estranged, it can cause a strain on the other family members.

When children are involved, there are particular issues parties may need to address, including the custody and visitation of children. For grandparents seeking to see their grandchildren, there are a few things to know in regard to the law in Missouri.

Fighting for pets in divorce

Family pets to some people are more than just animals; they are members of the family. Their are not pieces of property to just be passed around or tossed aside. Unfortunately, when it comes to divorce, the state of Missouri only considers them as property and does not concern itself with their well-being.

So, what does this mean if both spouses still want time with their pet post divorce? At the end of the day, the animal may be awarded to one party as part of the divorce settlement. If a couple wants to set up a pet custody agreement, they would have to do it outside of the settlement agreement. Through private negotiations, creating a binding pet custody agreement may be possible.

Missouri criminal defense: 2 facing charges for stealing car

Two people in Missouri are facing a number of criminal charges after allegedly stealing a car and nearly hitting a police officer with the vehicle. This incident is said to have occurred in the O'Fallon area on Wednesday, March 21. Both of the accused individuals have the right to a criminal defense.

According to reports, police responded to Koch Road after receiving reports of a vehicle theft. Upon their arrival, a car with a man and woman inside drove at an officer and then fled the scene. A chase ensued and ended roughly six miles away without incident. Both of the vehicle's occupants were promptly arrested.

Could a child custody modification benefit your teenager?

Let us say you and your spouse divorced five years ago when your son was 10 years old. Now he is 15 and some issues have developed.

The parenting plan that has been in place since the divorce has worked well, but circumstances surrounding your son indicate that a change is needed. How does this work in Missouri?

Missouri child custody: What's the deal with bird nesting?

When ending one's marriage, there are a lot of decisions that need to be made. If children are involved, figuring out the best child custody arrangement can certainly be a challenge. For those who are interested in joint child custody, bird nesting arrangements are becoming more popular. For divorcing parents in Missouri, this column will go over what bird nesting is and some problems that accompany this type of parenting plan.

In traditional joint custody plans, it is the children who have to constantly move between their parent's homes. Bird nesting is when children remain in the marital home and the parents take turns moving in and out. The purpose of this is to keep children in one stable environment -- the environment they are used to, with all of their things and near their neighborhood friends.

Missouri juvenile law: Teen may face charges for school threat

A Missouri teenager was recently contacted by law enforcement authorities after word reached police that he made a threat against his high school by using the social media app Snapchat. At this point, charges have not been filed against the young man; however, that does not mean that they won't be. Depending on how this case plays out, the accused may require assistance from an attorney who has experience handling juvenile law cases.

According to a fairly recent news report, police in St. Louis were informed that a 17-year-old male made threats against West High via social media. Authorities promptly contacted the young man allegedly behind the threats and determined that there really was no cause for concern. He had no plan in place or the means to follow through with the threat. This does not mean he is in the clear, though.

Helping your children adjust to life in two homes

When families break up, life changes dramatically, especially for the children. They must try to understand why this happened and overcome their fears about an uncertain future.

Add to that a big change through having to transition between two homes, and the stress level for children rises. Fortunately, you and the other parent can help them over the rough spots.

Divorce and the cryptocurrency problem

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are considered popular investments. Many people across the country, including some here in Missouri, may have some type of virtual currency in their financial portfolios. While this may be a good thing, it can cause a few issues for those going through the divorce process.

Problem number one: locating the asset. Virtual currency trading is all done online. When kept online, it may be fairly easy to track down. However, some people may take their information offline, which can make locating this type of asset very difficult -- making it easier for people to hide cryptocurrency from divorce proceedings.

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