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Why you may have to pay manimony when you divorce

If you are a woman facing a Missouri divorce and earn as much as or more than your husband does, you also face the possibility that the court could require you to pay spousal support to your soon-to-be ex-husband. “Manimony,” as this is sometimes called, represents a reasonably recent change in how courts have come to view alimony.

The fate of the family home in a Missouri divorce

There is no doubt that the end of a marriage is a significant time period for all involved. Couples in Missouri who choose to divorce are often left to make significant decisions that could ultimately have a lasting impact. One of the biggest decisions is what will happen to the family home.

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.

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.

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.

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