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.
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.
For many people, New Year's Day is a time of reflection and setting goals for the following year. Many people in Missouri and across the country use it as a time to consider how to have a happier, more fulfilling life in the next year. For some, this includes examining their relationship with their spouse and potentially seeking a divorce.
Divorcing is a difficult thing to do, even when you want out. What can make beginning the process hard is not knowing if it really is the right move to make. You may question if your marriage is salvageable or if you have done everything you can to make it work.
Most parents in Missouri and across the country want to do what is best for their families. Unfortunately, in some situations, a parent may find him or herself struggling to make child support payments. While in the past this inability could have resulted in prosecution for those living in St. Louis County, recent changes could change how this issue is addressed.
Divorce is never easy. When there are children involved, parents who may have negative feelings toward one another must continue to maintain a relationship for the rest of their children's lives. While most people would agree that having divorced parents work together in a relatively peaceful co-parenting arrangement is in the children's best interest, the animosity that remains between the parents may make it difficult, it not impossible, for such an arrangement to be successful. The question for many parents in Missouri becomes, what are other ways to ensure that the best interests of the children are met when there is a great deal of conflict?