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Child custody cases challenge federal law

There are people in Missouri and across the country who are willing to open up their homes and provide loving families to children whose parents are not able to provide care. However, some children are from Native American tribes and have a rich cultural and traditional history that many argue should be preserved. As such, the federal government enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978 which requires that members of Native American tribes be given preference in child custody issues involving children whose parents are tribal members. The law has both proponents and opponents.

The law was enacted in a time in which up to one third of Native American children were removed from their homes and placed in boarding school or white families to force assimilation. Those with experience with such treatment report being forced to cut their hair and being forced to put bleach on their skin in an attempt to lighten it. The law, according to proponents, helps these children -- who statistics indicate are still removed from their homes at a higher rate than others in the general population -- maintain cultural ties.

Managing finances following a later-in-life divorce

When couples in Missouri and across the country walk down the aisle, they likely do so with the intention that they will spend the rest of their lives with the person by their side. However, as life happens and people change, a couple often finds that they are no longer compatible. Though there are likely several factors that impact these numbers, some reports indicate that the divorce rate among people over 50 from the United States has doubled over the last 30 years.

This increase can be because people are living longer thanks to advances in medicine. Also, those who divorce after the age of 50 are often baby boomers who are already on a second or subsequent marriage. Research indicates that those who are remarried are more likely to divorce.

Helping children cope with their parents' divorce

There is no doubt that the end of a marriage is difficult for all parties involved. Even when both spouses in Missouri recognize that seeking a divorce is the best option, it is still often an emotionally difficult transition. Likewise, children are left adjusting to a new normal as a result of the decision. Though this "normal" may be better if they now experience less conflict, it is still a time of transition. Children are, overall, resilient, but parents can still help them through the process with as little impact as possible.

Because of the negative feelings often associated with a divorce, parents may experience a great deal of conflict. However, saving arguments and discussions of legal matters for times when children are not present can be beneficial. Additionally, a parent who speaks negatively about another parent in the presence of a child can create a situation that may be difficult for the child to adequately process.

Social media changes evidence used in family law cases

With the popularity of social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram, it is rare to find someone in Missouri who does not have some sort of account. Social media has changed how many tasks are done in the United States and globally. In fact, some family law professionals claim that it has changed the type of evidence seen by the court.

An attorney who recently hosted a seminar on advising clients who are going through a divorce or child custody case about the use of social media while doing so claims to have seen a huge change in how information found on these sites is used in court. Three or four years ago, she claims it was relatively rare to see a photo posted on social media as evidence in a family law case. Now, however, it is common.

Gentle stages in approaching the divorce request

Divorce is a topic that strikes fear into your heart. You wonder how to tell your spouse the bad news. There are many ways you may imagine the scene, but the experience remains a mystery until it occurs.

Many people regret the way they heard of or announced a pending divorce. You know your spouse has no idea that your marital relationship is about to spin sideways. What is the best way for you to handle the heartbreaking discussion?

Seeking to modify a Missouri family law agreement

When parents in Missouri decide to end their romantic relationship, there are multiple decisions that must be made. Many family law decisions are made based on the circumstances at the time. However, circumstances can easily change as a result of new or lost jobs, medical bills or other complications. As such, it may be necessary to seek a modification to a previous arrangement.

Modifications may be requested for a variety of different agreements. For example, child custody decisions are based on the child's best interests. However, changes for both the parents and the child means that a previous arrangement may no longer be appropriate. A court must approve a request for a modifications. If the request is opposed by one of the parents, litigation may become necessary.

Using a private sale to transfer real estate during a divorce

The decision to end a marriage is often a difficult one at which to arrive. However, couples in Missouri and across the country often come to the decision that it is in the best interest of everyone involved -- potentially including children of the relationship -- if each choose to live separately. Once the decision to divorce is made, there are several others that must follow, including how to divide marital assets such as real estate.

For many, the most obvious answer may appear to be to list the property for sale. Once sold, the couple can then distribute the proceeds of the sale as appropriate. However, this isn't the only option.

Steps to avoid when going through divorce in Missouri

For many couples in Missouri, money is an important issue that often impacts their daily lives. The issue of finances becomes even more important for couples who have chosen to divorce. Each person wants to ensure that he or she is treated fairly regarding how money and other assets are distributed. Some family law professionals offer some guidance for these couples.

First, many divorce attorneys advise their clients to avoid posting information on social media. For example, a man reportedly posted on social media that he was unable to afford a settlement. However, he also posted information regarding a recent vacation in addition to discussing a deal he just closed at work. Such statements often belie claims of financial hardship and could make a court question whether the person has honestly disclosed his or her financial situation.

Talking with children about divorce

As January is known as a month in which many couples in Missouri and across the country make the decision to end their marriage, there are likely many parents wondering how to best talk to their children about their decision. For many parents, concerns about how their children will cope with divorce is foremost in their mind once the decision has been made. While parents cannot completely eliminate the concerns and confusion that children will have, there are certain steps that they can take to help their children through the transition.

One thing that parents can do is to present themselves as a team. Children might feel better supported by their parents if both are present when making such a life-changing announcement. For some children, this sends the message that, even though their parents will no longer be married, they will continue to work together as a parenting team.

How to prepare financially for divorce

There are numerous costs associated with a divorce. There are the standard costs everyone knows about, such as paying for a divorce attorney to assist you through the process, but you also need to be aware of the less-obvious expenses. For example, if you change your name you will need to pay fees to get a new driver's license and passport. 

Prior to filing the divorce paperwork, you want to get your finances in order. You will have some large expenses coming up in the near future, and you want to be ready. Here are a few ways to prepare financially for an impending divorce

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