October 2018 Archives

Brain injuries may cause cognitive damage

If your loved one has just been through an auto accident or experienced a Missouri workplace injury, pay attention to how your relative reacts to outside conversation, follows outside stimuli, or how long it takes for your loved one to conduct ordinary household activities. Should your loved one experience problems with these activities, it is possible your relative may have suffered cognitive damage.

Can I make choosing a guardian for my kids harmonious?

Choosing a person to be a possible guardian for your children in Missouri is a difficult enough task since you have to contemplate who can care for your kids if you should pass away before they reach adulthood. However, picking a guardian could ruffle some feathers among your family or your spouse's family. Here are some ways you can promote harmony among your family as you choose your guardian.

Is eyewitness identification reliable?

You may be surprised to find out that not all sexual predators behind bars are guilty of committing a crime. In fact, there are a number of people who have been released from prison after spending years, sometimes decades, behind bars for a rape or sexual crime they did not commit. How does this horrible tragedy occur on such a regular basis? Errors in eyewitness lineups, as well as the inaccuracy of the human memory under times of severe stress can often lead victims to identify an innocent person as their attacker.

Halloween is the most dangerous pedestrian time year for kids

Trick-or-treating is an event most children in the U.S. look forward to. What can be more fun than dressing up and going around the neighborhood to get candy on the spookiest night of the year? At the law firm of Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we want all Missouri kids to get home safely on Halloween, but we also know this can be a particularly hazardous time for excited children.

Is joint-custody the best option?

Filing for divorce is not an easy decision, especially when there are children involved. Everyone wants to make choices that are in the best interest of the children. In some situations, it can be difficult to determine whether kids would benefit more from a sole-custody or joint-custody living arrangement. Many kids in Missouri and across the U.S. are made to live primarily with one parent, while the non-custodial parent has visitation rights. Studies show, however, that kids who grow up in joint-custody living arrangements, where they spend a significant amount of time with both parents, may benefit the most.

Fine at first, then dizzy and in pain? You may have a head injury

When you grab your keys and get behind the wheel of your car to drive on a Missouri roadway, you likely think more about your ultimate destination -- along with whatever it is you plan to do there -- instead of what might happen along the way to prevent you from ever arriving. No one likes to go through life thinking in worst-case scenario mode.  

Relocating with your kids

Your main goal following your divorce in Lee's Summit is likely to move on to the next chapter of your life. Of course, that can often be difficult when surrounded by reminders of your prior one. For this reason, many in your same position come to us here at Kelly, Symonds & Reed LLC wanting to know what obstacles they may encounter if they choose to move away with their children. If you have been contemplating a relocation, then you will want to know what processes need to be followed in order to avoid the potential troubles that can come from an unauthorized move. 

Reviewing Missouri's paternity establishment processes

The word "paternity" is often only used in a negative context. Most associate it with action meant to prove that one in Lee's Summit who is claiming to not be a child's father actually is. Yet there may also be cases where men wanting to be recognized as a child's father would want to have their paternity established. Fortunately, the state has created guidelines to help assign paternity in either case. 

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