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New year, new alimony taxation

The thought of getting divorced at any time of year is generally one of the last things people in Missouri want to rush through. The thought of hurrying to get divorced amidst the Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year's season would be even less palatable to people under normal circumstances. This year, however, circumstances are anything but normal as a major change to the tax code set to take effect in 2019 will have major implications on divorce settlements nationwide.

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 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.

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. 

Tips for smooth visits with noncustodial children

If you live in Missouri and have a child who does not live with you, visits present a great opportunity for you to spend some quality time with your son or daughter and have a positive impact on his or her life. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we have considerable experience helping clients pursue visitation with their children, and we understand the steps you can take to ensure a smooth visit with your noncustodial child.

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