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Why Aren't the Family Court Employees More Helpful?

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Dec 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

A common complaint for people trying to get help from the family court is that the employees and clerks at the court are not very helpful. It can be extremely frustrating to deal with the court when trying to figure out where to file a form, how to pay a filing fee, or where to ask the judge for ...

Holiday Child Custody Disputes Around Christmas

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Dec 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

Christmas can be one of the most contentious times for child custody and visitation disputes. The winter holidays are supposed to be a happy time for family, festivities, and celebrating a new year. Unfortunately, the holiday can provide an opportunity for child custody and visitation disputes to...

Should I Start Dating During the Divorce?

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Nov 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

There are lots of reasons why someone going through a divorce would want to start dating. Dating can make a person feel wanted after years of a loveless marriage. Dating can also help distract someone from such a stressful and painful process. However, there are a number of reasons why dating dur...

Thanksgiving and Child Custody Visitation

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Nov 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Thanksgiving is one of the most important family holidays for families in the U.S. Most people have at least the Thanksgiving Thursday and often following Friday off of work or school, to allow for time together as a family. For parents who share custody of a child, Thanksgiving can be a source o...

Can You Change Your Child's School After a Divorce?

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Nov 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

A divorce represents a significant life-changing event. Parents may need to move out of the family home, move to a more affordable area, move closer to family, or move for a new job. Divorce can be hard on kids and combining a recent divorce with a new move can be stressful for both parents and c...

What Happens if You File a False Report of a Crime?

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Oct 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

When people see reports on the news or social media of a crime, they often go immediately to condemn the accused and defend the alleged victim. However, it may come out that the accused was totally innocent and the victim made up the whole story. Even after the truth comes out, the accused may be...

How to Handle Halloween for Child Custody and Visitation

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Oct 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

In child custody proceedings, parents often address the major holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or other religious or family holidays. The holiday may be important to the parent and the parent wants to spend time with the child during those times. However, parents often ignore other holidays...

Bill Proposes Changes to Missouri Alimony Laws

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Oct 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

In a divorce, one spouse may be entitled to maintenance--also known as alimony or spousal support. The purpose of a maintenance award is to assist the dependent spouse in maintaining the standard of living he or she was accustomed to during the marriage. These payments are typically made until th...

Is a Personal Injury Settlement Part of the Divorce?

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Oct 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

After an accident, the laws of Missouri allow the injury victim to file a claim for damages in a personal injury lawsuit. These lawsuits may take years to resolve and can result in a large financial award or settlement to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and any other damages.  Depending on t...

Social Media in Fatal DWI Accident

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Sep 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

While many people post images and videos to social media of partying or having a good time, posting images of drinking or doing drugs can be used as evidence in a criminal case. Videos of drinking shots, smoking weed, or videos showing the individual appears impaired can be admissible in court. ...

What is the Divorce Rate in Missouri?

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Sep 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

No one gets married with divorce in mind. But over time situations and people change, and a couple may decide that separating is the best option. According to the American Psychological Association, about 40% to 50% of married couples in the U.S. end up getting divorced. However, divorce rates ea...

Are Divorces in Missouri More Likely in August?

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Sep 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Stress in a relationship can be triggered by seasonal events, like the financial stress of the holidays. Couples going through a separation may even consider the tax implications of a divorce and wait a little longer to file for divorce. There may be no ideal time of year to file for divorce, but...

New College Students With DWI Arrests

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Sep 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Many families in Missouri are seeing their kids off from home to a college or university. Whether the new college-bound students are off to the University of Missouri, to Kansas University in Lawrence, or thousands of miles away, these young people may be facing new challenges. Unfortunately, som...

Social Media and Your Missouri Child Custody Case

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Aug 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

When parents are fighting over child custody after a separation or divorce, a parent may go to great lengths to get the upper hand in court. This can include gathering evidence from past social media posts or activities, even if they happened before the individual ever became a parent. Even if yo...

Back To School Can Be Time to Evaluate Parenting Plans

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Aug 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

Stores in Missouri advertise sales on kids clothes and school supplies weeks before kids return to school after a summer break. The summer may have flown by but back to school means children are starting a new year of education. As children continue to mature and start new activities, back-to-sch...

Does Missouri Have Common Law Marriage?

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Aug 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

Common law marriage allows for a couple to be considered formally married even if they have not had a wedding or not been formally married under according to civil or religious ceremony. When people present themselves as being married (even without formal marriage), some states allow the couple t...

Changes in Bond for Suspects Arrested in Missouri

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Jul 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

After an arrest in Missouri, a bail hearing will generally be held to determine if and how much bail should be required before the defendant can be released. Bail is supposed to give a financial motivation for the individual to show up to court and not flee the state. However, bail also favors th...

Operation Dry Water in Missouri

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Jul 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

There are a number of lakes, rivers, and waterways across Missouri that give residents the chance to cool off on a hot summer's day. Recreation includes boating, fishing, kayaking, jet skis, wakeboarding, and swimming. Many people like to spend their time on the water while relaxing with a drink....

What Happens to Student Loan Debt in a Divorce?

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Jul 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Student loan debt is increasing for young people across the country. According to one survey, 58% of 2017 graduates in the state of Missouri leave with student loan debt. The average amount of debt nationally for 2017 grads is $28,650. Students pursuing advanced degrees can end up hundreds of tho...

Fourth of July and Missouri DWIs

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Jul 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

After the 4th of July, many of us wake up to the sight of charred cardboard from fireworks on the street, a stray bottle rocket stick, or maybe a couple of empty cans leftover from the night before. Unfortunately, others wake up the morning after the 4th of July in jail with the possibility of cr...

Two People Arrested In Missouri Robbery

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Jun 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

A man from Columbia was arrested Sunday, June 23, 2019, on suspicion of felony robbery. The robbery allegedly occurred over the sale of a PlayStation gaming console. A spokesperson from the Columbia Police Department, Jeff Pitts, stated that Marquan Dejuan Pitre, age 18, traveled to the alleged ...

Changes to SNAP Could Protect Your Children in Missouri

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Jun 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has authored a memo meant to create changes to the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. In the memo to state agencies, the USDA encouraged state directors of SNAP programs to institute requirements that any beneficiary c...

Marijuana DWI in Missouri

Posted by Joshua Wilson | Jun 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

When most people think of a DUI charge (called DWI in Missouri), they typically picture a person intoxicated by alcohol. They may even picture open containers of beer or liquor strewn about the car. However, it is just as possible to become intoxicated by marijuana and be charged with a Missouri ...

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