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Missouri parents need only to peruse a daily newspaper or swipe through the day's headlines online to realize that, in America, dads are winning. In decades past, it was considered the norm for a mother to be awarded physical custody of a child, often through no particular merit of her own. These days, fathers across the nation are fighting for their rights, and their children, and winning child custody cases. 

One Missouri father was awarded custody of his young son after it was discovered that the child had illegal drugs in his system while living with the mother. The court agreed that the father could provide a safe, stable environment for the boy. The mother was granted visitation rights, allowing the boy to maintain contact with her. 

After one particular visit, the mother failed to return the child. Weeks have passed and authorities are growing evermore concerned because the boy has not attended any school in the area, and no tips and sightings have panned out. The father pleads with the community, asking anyone who can help to please contact local police. This matter is being pursued as a kidnapping. 

When a father is ready to establish, modify or enforce a child custody order, he may want to make sure to be prepared for court. An experienced attorney can help a father organize his concerns into a solid argument. Good fathers do their best to make sure children can grow up happy and healthy, and when it comes time to fight for rights in a court of law, it is nice to have a helping hand.

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Missouri parents surely do their best to make sure the needs of their children are met. Sometimes, whether due to the poor choices of a parent, or circumstances beyond a parent's control, child protective authorities may feel some action is warranted to protect a child. While this may be a difficult situation for a family to face, parents should be aware that child custody is a legal matter, and if they do not comply, they may face serious consequences. 

Recently, the Missouri Division of Children's Services looked into the home life of a 13-year-old boy. Though it was not disclosed what concerns initiated the investigation, it was determined that the state would take custody of the boy. When social workers returned to the home to take custody of him, they discovered he was missing. 

Authorities are now reaching out to the community for help locating the child, and they advise that he may be in danger. They have been unable to contact the boy and fear he has been kidnapped or hidden by family members. As days pass, authorities grow more worried and have so far disclosed no leads they may have to his whereabouts or condition. 

Matters of child custody must be handled by the court. A parent or family member interested in the establishment, modification or enforcement of a child custody order may want to contact a reliable attorney. An attorney can educate a client about the legal process and stand by one's side as he or she attempts to sort a custody matter while remaining in compliance with any applicable laws.

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The leftover turkey is probably long gone, and many Missouri residents have probably set their sights on upcoming December holidays, but November still holds a few festivities. November is National Adoption Month, and many communities across the state aim to educate and celebrate. Adoption is a matter of family law, and many children dream of finding a forever family with the help of the court. 

Recently, one community offered a movie night, free of cost, to local residents. The film "Instant Family" was shown to attendees, and afterwards, people could enjoy refreshments and mingle with their neighbors as they learned about the need for adoptive families in Missouri. Information on foster care was also made available. 

Teens and older children are often overlooked when families consider adoption, and many of them lose hope that they will ever find a family. Teens with no family of their own may feel as if they have no one to love and care for them, and they can face troubles such as low self-esteem, depression or abandonment. A loving family for a child of any age can make a big difference, and the holiday season is a wonderful time for interested families to consider adoption. 

If a person is considering adopting a child, he or she may not know how to begin. Adoption is a legal process, so it can be a good idea to rely on an attorney experienced in family law. An attorney can explain the adoption journey to clients and assist them as they make sure everything is in order to welcome a new child to their family. 

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Missouri parents may be among those who assumed the stressful part was behind them when their divorce and custody matters were finally resolved in court. Many parents do not consider that the holiday season can quickly become an emotional burden on their families. The holidays are generally viewed as a time to gather with family and friends, but for those who have experienced a recent change in child custody, it may be difficult to approach the holiday season. 

Fortunately, experts offer a few tips to make the holiday season a bit less stressful. They advise that even though a parent may be upset by the fact that a child may not be around on a certain holiday, the parent should focus on the positives. Parents are encouraged to think of other ways to spend their time without their children. A shopping trip or a lunch date with a friend can help pass the time. 

Parents are also warned not to make too much of a holiday. It may be helpful to focus on the fact that the child custody order was entered in the best interest of the children involved. If a child is aware that a parent is upset, it may put a damper on his or her holiday excitement. Parents should make plans to utilize the time they have scheduled to enjoy family time and not be discouraged by a specific date on the calendar. 

If a Missouri parent wants to establish, modify or enforce a child custody order, they may wonder how to get the ball rolling. A compassionate attorney can help. A lawyer can speak on behalf of a client in court, and offer ongoing support and assistance regarding all child custody issues. 

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Missouri parents may personally know the stress that may arise when one parent disagrees with an arrangement regarding a child. It is important to be aware that, once an order has been put in place regarding custody rights, neither party can change the arrangement without utilizing the legal process. Recently, a Missouri child has gone missing, and authorities think they know who took him.

The 4-year-old Missouri boy resides with his father, who has full custody of the child. The mother of the boy allegedly took him from his home and is on the run with the child. Police state she is refusing to return him to his father's home, despite a court order prohibiting such an action.

Investigators are desperately trying to locate the pair so the child can be returned to his father's care. They warn that the mother may be accompanied by an adult male who has been prohibited from having any contact with the missing child. The boy has been missing since August, and police have issued an endangered person advisory on his behalf.

Fathers should be aware that there is help available if they feel they need to establish, modify or change an order regarding custody rights. Once such rights have been granted by a court, anyone who violates the order can be prosecuted in criminal court. A compassionate attorney can help a client stand firm in court as he or she makes a judge aware that his or her parental rights have been violated by another party, and may be able to help expedite a just resolution.

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Missouri parents may be looking forward to the holiday season, which is quickly approaching once again. Though there is much to look forward to, the holiday season can also become costly. Many families pay for special meals, travel expenses and gifts for loved ones. Though certainly enjoyable, parents need to be sure they set aside enough money to cover their regular financial obligations like child support

Currently, a parent who falls behind in child support payments may be subject to penalty, and one current punishment for non-payment utilized by the state is suspension of a driver's license. If a parent who is not up to date on payments loses his or her ability to drive, he or she may lose his or her job or be unable to meet scheduled appointments. A parent who is behind on child support may also have a professional license suspended. 

The governor of Missouri is trying to change the license suspension penalty. He reasons that a parent who is already behind may fall further behind if he or she loses his or her job or winds up in jail for non-payment. There has been no news on when this change may happen or what penalties may replace the current.

If a parent feels he or she needs some help when it comes time to establish, enforce or modify a child support order, he or she may want to contact an understanding attorney. An attorney may be able to help a parent ensure that his or her child's financial needs are met without fear of a serious penalty for non-payment. An attorney may be more familiar with the court process and can explain what a client can expect moving forward as he or she deals with the issue at hand.

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It can be challenging enough to break away from a marriage in which the other party is a narcissist. They tend to view themselves as the victim under these circumstances. This could make a high asset divorce from someone with this personality type even more of a challenge than being married to one.

Most narcissists, whether they live here in Missouri or elsewhere, refuse to be cooperative. They tend to ignore the other party's points of view and do not want to compromise. They tend to lash out whenever possible, especially in private.

In public, and especially in court, narcissists often do what they can to push the buttons of the other party. If that person responds, they could end up looking unreasonable to the court. They are often experts at pushing the buttons of their spouses, so this is a risk for the other party. He or she will need to make sure to watch out for this scenario because it will more than likely happen.

Another problem is that outsiders will probably not understand that one of the parties has this type of personality. Instead, they will lump the reasonable party in with the other. This could cause some frustration and anxiety that needs to be overcome before entering the courtroom.

It is not necessary to deal with a high asset divorce from someone like this alone. Having a family law attorney to advocate for a Missouri resident who has experience with difficult personalities could prove invaluable. It is important for everyone going through a divorce to protect his or her rights, but when a narcissist is involved, that need could become even more pressing.

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Marriage is looked upon as the beginning of a wonderful journey that a couple will share for the rest of their lives in Missouri. The reality is that almost half of all marriages end in divorce. People enter into it promise to share worldly goods, support each other and care for each other in sickness and health. Divorce can change this perspective, particularly where worldly goods are concerned. Having a prenuptial agreement can simplify property division.

Having a prenuptial agreement may even reduce the chance of divorce. In addition to financial concerns, another cause for a marriage ending is a lack of communication. Establishing clear lines of communication needed to create a prenuptial agreement can help forge skills that can last a lifetime.

A prenuptial agreement allows each partner to have a say in division of assets in the event of a divorce. Spousal support may also be addressed. The prenup can spell out divisions of physical belongings, assets, debt and other concerns. A couple does not have to be wealthy to benefit from a prenup. Most people have something they would want to protect.

A couple considering marriage in Missouri may wish to consult with a family law attorney regarding the creation of a prenuptial agreement. A marriage that starts off on a strong foundation of communication and understanding has a better chance of lasting. A knowledgeable family law attorney can help evaluate a couple's financial position and guide them in the process of writing a comprehensive agreement. Such a move is sure to get a marriage off on the right foot.

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