Jacquelyn S. Gonz, Attorney At Law Llc

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Visitation extends to grandparents in Missouri

When you ask a child to describe their family, they tell you about their parents, siblings and possibly their grandparents because many grandparents play a significant role in their grandchild’s life. But what happens to the role during a divorce proceeding?

In Missouri, child custody focuses on the care between two parents. However, grandparents can seek visitation through court measures – which allows grandparents to continue an active role in their grandchildren’s lives.

How to avoid helicopter parenting after a separation

Divorces bring out the worst behavior in people. It breeds an environment for tension as parents divide time with children and split half of their assets, but one of the worst ways divorces affects our behavior is our parenting styles.

It’s not surprising that many parents pick up “helicopter parenting” after a tough divorce, but how do you avoid the parenting style?

Four details to update after divorce finalization

Most couples know that divorce is a grueling process; you spend weeks, possibly months, in court to split assets, decide child custody and establish the ending of a marriage. It affects your mental and physical health along the way.

That’s why so many couples are ecstatic when the ink finally dries on the divorce settlement, and they can finally put the divorce behind. Unfortunately, it’s not true. There are specific steps you need to take after finalizing your divorce before you run off into the sunset.

Can a “sleep divorce” cause a real separation?

We all know the feeling; we cuddle up next to our significant other at night and try to drift off. However, your partner’s tossing and turning keep you up all night long. Or maybe you are the one keeping your spouse up with loud snoring or restless legs.

It’s a common issue that most couples have. And without a good night sleep, it affects how you approach your relationship. That’s why more married couples consider a “sleep divorce” – a shared decision where couples sleep in separate beds.

Five tips for finding the perfect daycare

There are so many significant issues to face after a divorce. You have to think about dividing your assets, adjusting to less time with your children and finding a new place to live. All these large concerns often overshadow the small details, like what daycare to use.

There are ways to find a childcare provider effectively and quickly. You need to know what to look for and how to spot problems in a daycare environment. Luckily, there are strategies that single parents can use to find the right daycare for their family, including:

Legal issues to considers before deciding to divorce

If you are separated from your spouse or feeling ready to ask for a divorce, you’ll soon need to have a very difficult conversation with your spouse. However, before broaching the subject of divorce, it may be wise to consider the potential legal consequences of the announcement.

Before deciding to tell your spouse you’ve decided to divorce, consider the following legal issues that could result.

Two dads challenge child custody laws in Missouri

Two dads are tackling child custody laws in Missouri to change how courts perceive parents and “equal parenting” arrangements.

The fathers, Mark Ludwig and Jeremy Roberts, claim approach. Instead, it requires the judge to view the divorce in a fair manner and determine the schedule based on their perception. It relies less on facts and more on personal perspective.

Five reasons to skip mediation during a divorce

No one wants to fight during a divorce. There has been enough fighting over relationship issues, children and who gets which house. Unfortunately, the divorce process is trickled with opportunities to instigate another fight.

Some people try to avoid fighting by using mediation as their resolution. However, mediation isn't a feasible option for every couple.

Dividing debt during a divorce

Money may make the world go round, but it also ruins many relationships. According to CNBC, one of the leading causes of divorce is financial issues, including debt. And debt comes in many different forms including credit cards, loans and bills.

It makes spouses wonder how Missouri courts address debt during a looming divorce. In Missouri, the court divides marital property, including debt, based on what’s fair instead of an equal portion. It means you may receive a large part of debt depending on your role in obtaining it.

Is “emotional flooding” ruining your marriage?

Relationships are intense, especially after you walk down the aisle. Not only are you adjusting to marriage, but you are also balancing your family, friends, job and personal interests. It’s not a surprise that many newlyweds find themselves arguing more after the wedding.

While disagreements between spouses are normal, you shouldn’t feel constant waves of negative emotions every time you come home from work. Eventually, your body won’t be able to respond to arguments properly, and you will be “emotional flooded.”

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