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Seeking help with the divorce process in Missouri

When two people in Missouri make the decision to get married, they typically do so with the intention of spending the rest of their lives together. Unfortunately, as time passes, the events of life often change a person's personality and character, sometimes meaning the the two spouses are no longer compatible. Even when both people realize and admit that a divorce is the best choice, the process can be emotionally and financially challenging.

Tax law change has Missouri couples rushing to finalize divorce

When a couple decides to end their marriage, multiple decisions must be made. Often, even those couples in Missouri who are committed to an amicable split find themselves facing lengthy negotiations. For many, those negotiations were expedited by their desire to finalize their divorce before new tax laws go into effect in 2019.

3 common tax surprises after divorce

It's that time of year when we all begin to think about the thrilling prospect of income tax returns. However, individuals who have recently divorced are often surprised to discover the impact that their new relationship status has on their tax obligations. Here are three of the most unexpected issues that you may possibly encounter:

Singer, actor's divorce turns contentious

The end of a romantic relationship is inherently difficult. Even couples in Missouri who are able to put their differences aside and come to an amicable agreement often face emotional difficulties. While a prenuptial agreement can help ease some of these difficulties in the event of a divorce, questions about such an agreement's enforceability could ultimately arise if certain steps are not followed. In fact, such questions have arisen following the split of Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines and her estranged husband, actor Adrian Pasdar.

Experienced professionals for those seeking divorce in Missouri

Even when both members of a couple in Missouri are committed to making the end of their relationship as seamless as possible, the end of a marriage is a difficult process. Decisions that are made will likely impact the rest of each person's life as well as the well-being of any children involved. Fortunately, the attorneys at Grant, Miller & Smith, LLC are committed to guiding you through the divorce process.

Who gets the pets following a divorce?

Many people in Missouri and across the country love their pets like their own children. As such, what happens to them following a divorce is an important consideration. In addition to who the pet lives with, who pays for the pet's bills is also an important question as the spending on pets has nearly doubled over the course of the last 10 years. Though courts have previously viewed animals as property, laws and attitudes are starting to shift.

'Birdnesting' following divorce to ease transition

Parents in Missouri are often forced to make difficult decisions regarding the well-being of their children. In some cases, they decide that it is in everyone's best interests to seek a divorce. Once this decision is made, they are left to decide how best to ease the transition for children.

Avoid the common financial pitfalls associated with divorce

Family law practitioners who assist persons in a divorce often observe certain common financial pitfalls that people may fall into. For example, one may want to maintain a Scrooge-like exterior when looking at new spending, especially for splurging and luxuries that can no longer be afforded. It is a common fact in Missouri and elsewhere that after divorce one does not have the buying power of two full incomes. The sacrifice both during and after the divorce may be a great relief in the future when an extra financial push is needed. 

Divorce strategies will evolve to meet new tax rules on alimony

Missouri and all other states will contend with a new federal tax law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, that has many of its provisions becoming effective on Jan. 1, 2019. One change that has not been generally welcomed by matrimonial lawyers is the provision that takes away the alimony deduction from those who pay that kind of post-divorce spousal support. The law will also relieve alimony recipients from owing federal tax on this incoming monetary support.

A clean break or a slow transition to a final divorce?

Relationship therapists in Missouri and elsewhere generally see two points of view on whether a quick break or a gradual one is best in a pending separation matter. There can be some obvious drawbacks of rushing a divorce situation in a time of great stress just to get it done and out of the way. When children are involved, that attitude will likely be harmful and uncaring.

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