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Child support a common concern for divorcing parents

Missouri parents and those around the country have obligations that nonparents do not. Aside from having to take their kids to soccer practice and making sure they do their homework, parents also have to take their children into consideration when getting divorced. In particular, parents in this type of situation commonly have concerns over child support.

When the children spend more time with one parent than the other after divorce, that parent is typically entitled to support payments. These payments can help that parent provide necessities for the children, including food, clothing, health care, transportation and more. Even if parents have a joint custody arrangement, it does not necessarily mean that child support becomes unnecessary as the children will still likely spend more time with one parent than the other.

Fatigued driving in Missouri is a huge problem

All drivers must ensure that they are well rested before they drive. There are many things that come into consideration when they are trying to prepare for any drive on the road. One of the most important things to remember is that no driver should ever try to push through fatigue. It is always best to stop, get some rest, and begin again when they are better rested.

In Missouri, there were 20 fatal crashes in 2018 that included fatigue as a factor. There were another 947 crashes involving a fatigued driver that led to injuries.

Accepting the possibility of divorce may mean living more happily

It may be difficult for many Missouri residents to consider the idea of ending their marriages. They may have heard that divorce is an embarrassing event that can often feel like a failure, though the public perception of divorce has changed over the years. It is important to remember that numerous marriages come to an end through legal proceedings, and the situation can go more smoothly if individuals do not have such a negative view of this outcome.

Certainly, it can be difficult to shake any negative stigma, but parties may want to consider that accepting the possibility of divorce could help them live happier lives and have happier marriages. In the event that they do decide to go their separate ways, couples may even have smoother divorce cases. By looking at ending a marriage in a way other than as a failure, many individuals may feel less guilty about wanting to get out of harmful or unhealthy relationships.

Animal abuse charges likely have man working on criminal defense

Some people participate in behaviors that are difficult to understand. The individuals themselves may not even fully know why they do what they do. Still, if their actions result in harm to another living being, it is possible for criminal charges to result. In turn, a person facing charges for animal abuse will likely need a meaningful criminal defense.

One man in Missouri is undoubtedly exploring his options for defending against charges recently brought against him. According to reports, someone allegedly saw the man disposing of a dead cat that was in a bag of water outside of his house. It was unclear whether this is the specific incident that led authorities to investigate. Nonetheless, the man allegedly told authorities that he looked for online ads in order to obtain cats or kittens. After obtaining the animals, he would then allegedly take them home to kill and mutilate them.

2 killed, 1 injured in Missouri car accident

Now that the weather has turned warmer, many like to drive through Southern Missouri to take advantage of the Ozark Mountains' vistas and scenery around Table Rock Lake. However, a particular drive turned into tragedy for one local family when two of their family members were killed and one was injured in a car accident. Now, the family is likely considering their options on how best to move forward from this horrific event.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred the evening of Monday, April 29, near Lampe and involved only one vehicle. Apparently, the driver, identified as a 49-year-old man, was trying to negotiate a turn when his Ford Bronco left the road and slid down an embankment. It then struck a tree and overturned.

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.

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