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St. Louis County Missouri Custody Orders and COVID-19
In this uncertain time, rather than relying on rumor, you may want to take a look at Saint Louis County Department of Public Health order that will go in place in St. Louis County on Monday, for a 30-day period.  Here is the link:  St. Louis County Custody Order and COVID-19 Information Some peopl...
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Collaborative Divorce and Mental Health — A Lawyer’s Perspective
Any marriage can fail, but throw mental illness into the mix of marital stressors, and the risk of marital failure increases. Problems such as depression and alcohol addiction can create instability in the home that makes sustaining the marriage difficult or impossible. Traditional Divorce The tradi...
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Make Your Missouri Divorce Less Painful: 5 Do's & Don'ts
Make Your Missouri Divorce Less Painful Preparation, getting the right support, and making sure you educate yourself on the right and wrong things to do can make the process a little less painful. Let’s take a look at some of the best and worst things you can do during the divorce process. Here ar...
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How to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable
It’s time to decide whether your child will get their own cell phone.  Whether you are going through a divorce, divorced, or never married, Collaborative Practice offers some valuable lessons for making this and other important parenting decisions. There is a real need for certain limitations...
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Mind Your FBI’s: Guidelines for Making Coparenting Decisions During Divorce
Making coparenting decisions during a divorce can be clouded by anger, sadness, and sheer exhaustion. Consider focusing on the following three themes from the research on divorce, to assist you when making coparenting decisions. A simple acronym to use is FBI, as it is easy to remember. F is for For...
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Social Security Retirement Benefits and Divorce
When considering ending a marriage, many who are close to or at retirement age are concerned about their ability to continue to meet their needs following divorce.   “What sources of income will I have?” is a common concern.  Where the spouses are retired and no longer employed, a...
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The Drama-Free Divorce
There’s something to be said for the “drama-free” divorce.  Well, maybe not drama-free, since getting a divorce tends to be a very emotional chapter in the lives of most couples.   But in my opinion, a divorce with minimal drama ought to be a goal. The Cost of Drama in Divorce I...
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How Can We Make Decisions During Our Divorce When We Couldn't Make Decisions in Our Marriage?
There are many decisions that every couple has to make in the process of getting a divorce.  How will the assets be divided?  Who will keep the house and, if we don’t sell it, how will we determine the value of it?  How will we share time with the children?  How will we divide ...
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Special Considerations: Grief During Divorce When You Have a Special Needs Child
Parents of special needs or medically complex children move through their life with a certain amount of grief always present.  Grief is the name of the process we are hard-wired to experience when we face loss or transition.  Parents are deeply connected to the hopes and dreams they have f...
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Special Considerations: Getting a Divorce When You Have a Special Needs Child
Getting divorced when you are the parent of a special needs or medically complex child can seem like a daunting task that could put an unbearable amount of additional stress on an already stressed-out family system.  Many couples with a special needs child make the default decision to stay in an un...
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