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  • How Is Child Support Calculated in Missouri?

    When one household splits into two after a divorce, the expenses typically increase in a dramatic way – and this is especially true when you and your former spouse have a child together. Because of this, a complex set of child support calculation tables have been created in every state, to help newly divorced parents estimate their payments and make sure the custodial parent has the right support. ...
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  • What to Expect During the Adoption Process

    Welcoming a new child into your home through adoption is one of the most joyous and life-affirming experiences any parent could hope to have. However, the adoption process does present some unique challenges, and there are many complex steps and requirements along the way before you can actually bring a new child into your family. At the Kallen Law Firm, LLC, our St. Louis adoption lawyers are ...
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  • How to Dress for Divorce Court

    When you prepare for divorce court, the last thing on your mind may be your attire. You may assume that the judge will look at your case objectively, and focus on only the facts when making a decision. While it’s true that a judge will try to be as impartial as possible, the fact of the matter is that the way you dress – and how you act – can often influence outcomes in divorce court. Deciding the ...
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  • What You Should Avoid Posting on Social Media during Divorce

    Social media has changed the way we interact with one another. From communicating with loved ones to sharing pictures of outings and vacations, we use platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to make our lives public for all to see. However, married people’s activities on these sites can have a negative impact on their lives. The connectivity of social media enables married individuals ...
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  • How Do I Know if Legal Separation Is Right for Me?

    Deciding to separate from your spouse might be one of the hardest choices you will ever have to make. Getting separated has many legal implications, such as determining child custody, visitation rights , and how to divide property. Of course, separating can be the beginning of what will eventually lead to divorce . Because of this, getting separated is unlike ending any other type of relationship, ...
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  • 4 Common Questions About Child Custody Disputes

    Parents who choose to get divorced must determine the living arrangements for any children they may have. Coming to an agreement on child custody is usually one of the most heated and contentious aspects of settling a divorce. When parents struggle to negotiate the terms of their child custody agreement, they have to go to court to get their dispute resolved by a judge. Below, we answer 4 common ...
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  • Wasteful Dissipation of Marital Assets Explained

    An issue that is frequently disputed in divorce cases is money. From the financial arguments that caused the couple to split up, to spouses trying to hide assets from one another, money often makes the divorce process messy. In some cases, one spouse will try to ruin another’s credit by making extravagant purchases or taking out high interest loans that the other spouse will be responsible for. In ...
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  • New Alimony Tax Laws You Need to Know About

    Under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), changes have been made to how alimony is deducted from your taxes. If you are divorced and paying spousal support, you probably already know that the tax deduction for the payer spouse is an important financial issue that directly affects you. Unfortunately, TCJA will have a significant impact on how you deduct your alimony payments on your taxes. In ...
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  • How Do I Tell People I'm Getting Divorced?

    One of the most devastating parts of divorce is letting people know. While everything else is intensely private and personal, allowing people into what you deem a failed marriage can make the situation seem all the more real. This is a challenge all divorcing couples must deal with, and it can be difficult to know how to navigate ensuring the news is spread to all the right people. This is why it ...
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  • How to Prepare for the 3 Most Common Financial Issues in Divorce

    When your marriage comes to an end, there’s a lot more to it than going your separate ways. If you have been married for 10 years or more and have children, intermingled or jointly owned property, savings, or share other significant assets, you are bound to experience disagreement or conflict at some point during divorce. One of the best things you can do heading into divorce is to identify what ...
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  • What to Consider Before Getting a Divorce

    When a couple decides there is no longer much working in the relationship, it soon becomes apparent divorce is the only option. More and more people are earning the emotional and financial independence to end their marriage. While it is common to want to immediately be free of your spouse, you have to realize the long road ahead of you won’t always be easy--even when you have a dedicated and ...
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  • The Benefits of a Prenuptial Agreement

    Prenuptial agreements have had a bad reputation in the past. Many individuals once perceived it as a sign that one or both spouses do not believe the marriage will last. However, prenuptial agreements do not mean spouses believe their marriage will fail. Instead, these legal documents are created to prepare for the worst-case scenario. We all prepare for many worst case scenarios in our lives, ...
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  • Child Support for Disabled Adult Children

    If you are a parent to a disabled child, you know their needs are unique. Many disabled children require intensive therapy, expensive medications, special education, and exceptionally attentive, hands-on parenting. Due to the extraordinary level of attention and coordination required to care for a child with a disability, the majority of the work tends to fall to one parent after divorce . In many ...
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  • How to Make Property Division Easier

    If you don’t approach property division with healthy expectations and a cool head, your divorce could turn into an all-out brawl, the likes of which could lock you into a miserable legal battle, exponentially multiplying your court and attorney fees. In order to avoid the expense and emotional trauma of a contentious property division battle, be sure to do the following: Remember that a perfectly ...
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  • Who Gets the Pet in a Divorce?

    While you may love your furry friend as though they were your child, the court does not view pets as people. If you and your co-pet parent decide to split up, a Missouri court will not hand down any sort of legally binding pet custody arrangement or require either of you to pay pet support. Legally speaking, pets are your property and will be allocated in the same manner as your bank accounts, ...
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