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  • Creating New Thanksgiving Traditions After a Divorce

    Thanksgiving is fast approaching and it can be a challenging time for divorced parents. Whether your divorce was recently finalized or you have already celebrated several Thanksgivings, you might still find yourself struggling to navigate this new normal, especially if you cannot spend it with your children. However, this does not mean you cannot create new traditions. Thanksgiving does not have ...
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  • Helping Your Kids Enjoy Halloween After a Divorce

    Helping Your Kids Enjoy Halloween After a Divorce Halloween is almost upon us, so now is the time to start making plans to ensure your little ones can enjoy this ghoulishly fun holiday. If you recently finalized your divorce, this might feel like an insurmountable challenge. Do not let the newness of this situation frighten you, however. There is more than one way to conjure up an effective ...
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  • How to Tell Your Children About Your Divorce

    Telling your children about your divorce is an incredibly challenging experience. How you and your spouse handle this conversation will have a profound impact on their ability to cope with this major life change, so it is crucial to handle it with sensitivity, honesty, and compassion. Despite the troubles you and your spouse are going through, it is also imperative to approach this conversation ...
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  • What You Should Know About Stepparent Adoption

    If you wish to bring your family closer together by adopting your stepchildren, this is a big step and a great way to strengthen the bond you already have. However, you will have to complete some complex legal steps to make it happen. You should also hire an experienced adoption attorney to guide you through it and ensure the process goes smoothly. Although stepparent adoption is less complicated ...
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  • Mistakes You Should Avoid Making During a Child Custody Case

    For parents, nothing is more important than their children, which is why child custody disputes are some of the most heavily contested family law issues. Given the delicate nature of this matter, emotions often run high, increasing the potential for costly mistakes. One of the first steps you should take to protect your rights as a parent is to hire an attorney who is experienced in handling such ...
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  • Can I Reduce My Spousal Support Payments?

    It is always possible to make changes to a court order, including those pertaining to spousal support payments. However, for a modification to be granted, you need to prove that your life has undergone a substantial change, preventing you from continuing to make the same payments. To ensure you have the best possible chance of obtaining the results you need, hire an attorney who is experienced in ...
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  • Is There a Difference Between Postnuptial and Prenuptial Agreements?

    Prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements essentially serve the same purpose: they help spouses protect their assets in the event of a divorce. Unfortunately, prenuptial agreements have a stigma attached to them, making couples reluctant to broach the topic. However, a prenuptial agreement does not necessarily mean you believe you will ever divorce your spouse. Instead, your prenuptial ...
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  • Tips for Becoming an Effective Co-Parent

    Co-parenting with your former spouse is no easy feat if you still have a lot of issues that have yet to be resolved. However, no matter how many differences the two of you have, you still have one common interest – the wellbeing and happiness of your children. That is why it is crucial for both of you to do your best at becoming effective co-parents despite any problems that might still be ...
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  • Most Important Factors in Child Custody | Kallen Law Firm, LLC

    There are few decisions as weighty and central to a divorce as child custody arrangements . Determining where your child will live and go to school can shape the course of their future, just as visitation schedules can shape the nature of the child’s relationship with each parent. Judges understand this all too well, and will always put the child’s needs and interests first in making these ...
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  • What Does It Mean if My Divorce Is Uncontested?

    When you’re expecting an uncontested divorce, you may assume that the process will become much easier and faster for both partners. While there’s some truth to that assumption, divorce is still an incredibly complex legal process, one that has the potential to bring hidden conflicts, bitter disputes, and diverse family problems out into the public arena. Regardless of your unique circumstances, ...
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  • When Should I Consider Changing My Lawyer During Divorce?

    Picking the right divorce lawyer isn’t always an easy task, in spite of all the information and resources available to modern divorcees. Because people rarely expect to get divorced in the first place, you may not know what traits to even look for in a divorce attorney. In other cases, you might find someone who seems like the perfect fit – only to discover later that they don’t have your family’s ...
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  • How Can Moving Out-of-State Affect Child Custody?

    When you finally land a new job out-of-state, you may be overjoyed at first. But if you have child custody and parenting time arrangements in place with your ex-spouse, that joy may quickly turn to anxiety about the future, and how your divorce decree will be affected. In some cases, your ex-spouse may even contest the relocation, especially if you are the custodial parent. But whether you’re the ...
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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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