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Divorce, Kids and Taxes: Which Parent Claims Dependents if the Decree is Silent?

While few of us look forward to filing our taxes, newly divorced parents probably dread it more than most. Filing individual tax returns post-divorce raises the thorny question of which parent may claim a child as a qualifying dependent. Most of the time, a divorce decree or parenting plan will list specifically who can claim…

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What is No-Fault Divorce in Missouri and Are There Any Benefits?

You’ve probably heard of “no-fault” divorces, but what are they?  And, are there any benefits or advantages?  In Missouri, no-fault means either spousecan request a divorce without giving a specific reason for the divorce. The filing party may simply cite “irreconcilable differences” or give any reason they wish. Most Missouri divorcing spouses state that the…

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Valentine’s Day Advice for Healthier, Happier Relationships – From a Family Law Firm

Family law firms are witness to a lot of marital conflict involving anger, regret, and heartbreak. While every marriage is unique, among unhappy couples we see many of the same unhealthy communication patterns and issues again and again. A marriage requires care and tending all year round. There are numerous things everyone can do to…