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Views on child custody have changed over the years

To many Missouri residents, divorce may seem inevitable. While that certainly is not the case for everyone, numerous couples do choose to end their relationships. As a result, they must separate the lives that they began to build together, and if they have children, child custody matters need to be addressed.

Finding the right custody arrangements can be difficult because each family is different and because traditions and times change. For instance, in the past, it was often considered the norm for mothers to obtain sole custody of the children. However, there has been an increased acceptance and advocacy over the last few decades regarding shared custody. In fact, some states are considering joint custody from the start when considering custody matters rather than starting with the presumption of sole custody.

What does it mean to expunge your criminal record?

Being convicted of a crime comes with consequences that can linger well after you have paid your dues. Your criminal record may show up whenever someone runs your background check and may hurt your chances of landing a job, renting an apartment or taking out a mortgage.

Fortunately, the State of Missouri allows for certain individuals to wipe arrests and convictions from their records. The term is “expungement,” and it can offer a second chance for those who manage to stay out of further trouble.

Man in need of criminal defense after being charged with theft

An arrest for any type of crime can weigh heavily on a person. Not only does he or she have to contend with the anxiety-inducing possibility of facing jail time or other consequences, but that individual may also have to contend with the personal reputation damage. Nonetheless, a meaningful criminal defense may help.

It was recently reported that a man in Missouri was taken into custody for an alleged theft. Details regarding the incident were few, but apparently, the incident occurred at a truck stop. Authorities received a report from the truck stop, and as a result, police conducted an investigation. It was unclear what may have prompted the report, and the details of the investigation were not disclosed.

Wrongful death: Missouri man suffers fatal injuries in crash

Though the loss of a loved can happen in an instant, the grief and hardships stemming from that loss can last for years. Families may struggle in many ways as they not only try to learn to live without their loved one's presence but also as they try to figure out how to provide for themselves without that person's help. In many cases, these struggles could warrant a wrongful death claim if the fatality occurred due to someone else's actions.

One family in Missouri may find it useful to obtain information on their legal options after a recent crash that claimed the life of one person. According to reports, a 43-year-old man and his 39-year-old wife were on a motorcycle when the driver of another vehicle did not stop at a stop sign. As a result, the vehicle collided with the motorcycle.

Many Missourians do not realize the hazards of drowsy driving

Many people get behind the wheel when they are drowsy, and some may even think it is unavoidable. However, according to the National Safety Council, an estimated 5,000 people died in 2015 because of crashes caused by drowsy driving.

Many people do not realize how dangerous it can be to drive while tired, but being tired can cause many of the same effect to your driving as alcohol consumption can. It can cause slower reaction times, delayed awareness of hazards, difficulty focusing on driving. If you drive while tired, you are three times more likely to be involved in a car crash.

Does language automatically make divorce adversarial?

It is common for Missouri residents and those elsewhere to consider ending their marriages an adversarial event. After all, much of the language associated with divorce proceedings can seem harsh and adversarial in itself. Some people may want to consider changing the way they speak about marriage dissolution in hopes of seeing less conflict in their cases.

In a recent article, the idea of changing the adversarial language associated with divorce was explored. For instance, when a person receives a summons associated with the other person's divorce petition, the summons indicates that the recipient has been sued. This idea in itself can cause individuals to become defensive as lawsuits are serious matters and can be immensely upsetting. As a result, the case is already starting off on a somewhat adversarial foot.

Criminal defense info useful to woman accused of murder

Many people believe that love can make others act in ways that they normally would not. While this notion often applies to instances where a person may daydream too often or overlook poor qualities in a desirable person, it could also seem to apply to more drastic situations. In fact, some people may be accused of killing in the name of love, and as a result, they undoubtedly need a meaningful criminal defense.

One woman in Missouri is currently facing this type of predicament. According to reports, the woman worked at a correctional facility as a nurse. While working there, she purportedly developed a romantic relationship with one of the inmates. However, she was also already married. The woman and the inmate allegedly had recorded conversations in which they discussed their life together after her husband's death.

Hit-and-run accident leads to injuries for Missouri driver

There are many roadway maneuvers that can prove tricky for drivers. These scenarios can be even more dangerous if other drivers are not paying attention. In particular, merging lanes or exiting interstate roadways can pose a number of hazards. In fact, a serious accident could result.

It was recently reported that a crash resulting in injuries took place in Missouri. Details on the incident were few, but the report stated that a collision between two vehicles occurred at the bottom of an interstate exit ramp. The incident resulted in one vehicle overturning and catching fire. The driver of the second vehicle involved did not stay at the scene. There was only one person in the vehicle that flipped, and details regarding the second vehicle and its driver were not given in the report.

Divorce month sees changes to alimony tax law

Certain times of Missouri residents' lives can trigger a need for change. Some people may find that the beginning of a new year is a perfect time to make changes in life, and it is not unusual for a considerable number of individuals to feel that those changes should involve divorce. In fact, January is often considered divorce month.

This year, January also brings about changes related to ending marriages. Changes to tax laws have recently gone into effect that alter how alimony payments are deducted and taxed. Previously, the ex-spouse ordered to pay alimony could deduct the payments from his or her overall income. As a result, he or she would not have to pay the associated taxes, and the receiving ex-spouse would pay taxes on the amount at a lower rate.

Missouri woman facing felony charges for child abduction

When it comes to their children, parents may not always act rationally. If someone tries to take a child away from a parent, that individual may feel the need to take drastic actions in order to keep the child. However, if those actions are illegal, it is possible for felony charges to result.

It was recently reported that a Missouri woman was taken into custody after a missing child was found in the attic of her house. According to reports, the child had been reported missing in August after his mother did not return him to his father. In October, an endangered person advisory was issued. The advisory was issued because it was suspected that the child was around his mother's boyfriend, who was ordered by the court to stay away from the child.

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