Stange Law Firm, PC

Since our founding in 2007, we have dedicated our firm to the practice of divorce and family law because of the tremendous need for lawyers who focus in this area. We have since continued to grow and have offices throughout Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma in areas such as St. Louis Metropolitan Area, Kansas City Metropolitan Area, Columbia, Springfield, Wichita, Tulsa and beyond in the Midwest.

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During the COVID-19 crisis, access to the courts is limited. Many courts were only hearing divorce and family law matters virtually. The lack of access to the courts caused many distress and concern. Many had immediate needs they needed to have addressed. It could be a divorce that could not wait. It might have been a child custody case where the parties could not agree to visitation time through consent. With courts opening back up, many are having their cases heard again. Even then, most courts are suffering from backlogs. These backlogs might mean that some cases will still not move…
The Coronavirus is having a significant impact throughout the world. For many, this pandemic came out of nowhere and has changed their lives in ways nobody saw coming a short time ago. Apart from the imminent health concerns, many are asking about the impact on divorce and family law litigation. In many ways, this is still in flux. But there are some immediate effects. In the future, there could be other potential impacts that may arise in the near or long-term future. However, below are some ways the Coronavirus is already impacting some divorce and family law litigants: First, courts…
In the collaborative process, parties are attempting to resolve their divorce or family law matter outside of court in an amicable manner. Parties enlist collaborative lawyers and professionals to assist them. In traditional negotiations, if parties are not making progress on settlement negotiations, one or both parties may threaten litigation if a settlement is not reached. Often, just the use of the word “litigation” or “court” can be designed to get the other party off an unreasonable position or back to the bargaining table. A question some have is whether this same tactic can be employed in the collaborative process
In a divorce, the marital home is often one of the most valuable marital assets that the parties have. Typically, the parties also have a mortgage on the marital home with a balance due and owing. To resolve a divorce with a martial home, there are typically three possibilities in terms of what happens with the marital home. Either the husband retains the home, the wife retains the home or the parties sell it. In the first two scenarios, the mortgage balance is still due and owing. If the marital home was bought during the marriage, the likelihood is…
Most are familiar with prenuptial agreements, which are sometimes referred to as antenuptial or premarital agreements. Prenuptial or premarital agreements are documents signed before parties get married. Prenuptial agreements can encompass a wide range of issues from property and debt division, spousal maintenance and attorneys’ fees in the instance of divorce. For a prenuptial agreement to be valid, certain legal formalities need to be met. However, many are not so sure what a postnuptial agreement is and why they might want to enter into one. A postnuptial agreement is just like a prenuptial agreement, except it is entered into after
Parties who settle their divorce or family law matter amicably often do not want to go to court. Not going to court is one of the bonuses of settling the case. Going to court can cause some parties with lots of stress. Some parties not like the thought of being seen in court. They might not want to take time off work. Further, they worry that if they go to court, the matter will not resolve cooperatively. In a collaborative divorce, the hope is that the parties will sign settlement paperwork. In a divorce with kids, for example,…
In a divorce, courts require parties to identify all marital assets and debts. The exact way in which this takes place can vary. However, most courts require parties to disclose their assets and debts in financial statements early in the case. Discovery usually takes place to various degrees in a divorce as well. There could be interrogatories and requests for production propounded relate to marital assets and debt. Depositions often take place. The lawyers may also issue subpoenas. However, some parties may, unfortunately, decide to hide marital assets in a divorce. They might hide assets with the illicit motive…
Many want to settle their divorce or family law matter outside of court. However, versus hiring lawyers, they want to work it out on their own. Man ask why they should spend the money on lawyers? The thought makes sense on a lot of levels. If parties could settle their case on their own, maybe that would be best. But there are problems with this line of thinking for most: 1.) If parties were able to settle on their own, would they be getting a divorce in the first place? The cause of many divorce or family law…
Parental alienation cases are some of the most challenging kinds of child custody matters. In a parental alienation case, the children do not want anything to do with one of their parents for illogical reasons. Parental alienation is the opposite of realistic estrangement. Realistic estrangement is where a parent has behaved in such a way that the children logically do not want to be around a parent. Logical reasons typically involve severe instances of abuse or neglect. In parental alienation matters, one parent has either overtly or indirectly engaged in actions that cause the children not to want to
  In any divorce, including a collaborative divorce, all marital property and debt have to be divided. In an equitable division state, marital property and debt are to be divided in a just manner when considering all the statutory factors. Stock options are often overlooked by many parties when dividing marital property and debt. Some parties might forget to include them on their financial statements inoccently. In other cases, a party might, unfortunately, fail to disclose them in hopes that the other party does not discover it. In a collaborative divorce, it is vital that both parties act in…
In divorce and child custody matters, courts issue custody orders at the end of the case. In some states, these are referred to as parenting plans. Sometimes, a temporary order, known as a PDL Order in some states, is entered while the case is pending and before a final judgment is entered. In some cases, a party might think about denying the other party their custody or visitation time. They might even feel as if they have a good reason to do so. Take cases where they believe abuse or neglect is taking place. Thus, they might wonder what…
In collaborative practice, one goal of both parties ought to be a fair settlement. A fair settlement means that both parties generally believe that the settlement is fair and equitable for both parties. This is counter to traditional litigation where the goal is often to get the best deal possible for themselves. This is a mindset that is based on win-lose solutions versus win-win solutions. In collaborative divorce and family law, win-win is what both parties should strive for in their case. Win-win solutions help prevent future disputes and disagreements. Win-win keep parties out of court. Win-win solutions also…