Think Equal Custody Means No Child Support? Think Again.

There are many questions and misconceptions surrounding child support obligations. One is whether sharing child custody 50/50 exempts divorcing spouses from owing and receiving child support payments. In Missouri, child support is based on financial need, to ensure that the parent with less income can properly provide for the kids. It is customary for the…

Can Grandparents Get Visitation in Missouri?

Under Missouri law, parents have primary rights to custody, but Missouri is among the states that allow courts to grant visitation to grandparents under certain circumstances. Overcoming Hurdles Grandparents may be able to obtain visitation rights if: the child’s parents are married and apply for legal separation or divorce; or  the surviving parent unreasonably denied…

How Visitation Credit Can Affect Child Support

Custody can be complex, even after arrangements have been finalized. Whether you are the custodial parent or the non-custodial parent, it’s important to be aware of factors that could affect the negotiated agreement. One is the visitation credit. In Missouri, the parent who pays child support claim a visitation credit against their monthly child support…

Emotional Ex? How to Keep Calm and Set Boundaries

Like many divorced parents, you may be struggling to respond to inflammatory messages from your former spouse. Last week, I covered several ways to filter out irrelevant communications and focus instead on child-related concerns. We can’t control what others say, but we can control how we respond. That’s easier said than done, however. Getting a…

Emotional Ex? 4 Techniques to Defuse Drama

Do you have a co-parent who regularly rants? Angry texts and tearful telephone calls are upsetting, and it’s easy to feel trapped in exhausting old patterns with your former spouse. Fighting is intimate, says psychotherapist and divorce expert Kate Scharff, and that’s important to keep in mind. As she points out in her article End…

Co-Parenting? 3 Online Tools to Simplify Schedules and More

After parents’ divorce, coordinating shared custody can be a recurring source of conflict. Online co-parenting tools help prevent stressful mix-ups and misunderstandings — and help parents avoid using their children as messengers. Here are three co-parenting sites to consider. 2houses The 2houses website and app features a calendar of the custody schedule, appointments, and events.…

Divorce and Social Security Benefits in Missouri

Divorced individuals filing for Social Security benefits are often unaware that they may qualify for benefits based on marriage to an ex-spouse, even after divorce. Because the strict guidelines and rules for eligibility may be overlooked by divorce attorneys, divorced individuals need to understand what benefits they are eligible for when they file for Social…

Ten Tips to Prepare for Your Deposition

In the process of your divorce proceedings, you may be required to participate in a deposition. It’s part of what the law calls “discovery,” which allows attorneys the opportunity to ask you questions. If your spouse’s attorney schedules a deposition, it will be a very important part of your case. Most people have never had…