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I want my kids for Christmas, but my ex won't cooperate: Visitation & Parenting Time During the Holidays

Posted: December 25, 2018

Visitation and Parenting Time During Holidays

 

With Christmas fast approaching, separated parents must deal with dividing time with their children during holidays. This time of year is generally already busy, sometimes frantically busy, so not having a plan in place can cause added stress.


What is the Difference Between Divorce & Legal Separation?

Posted: December 25, 2018

    Strictly speaking, the difference between a divorce and legal separation is that at the end of a divorce, a couple is legally separated or no longer married. Whereas at the end of a legal separation, a couple is still lawfully married.

 So how do I know what to file for?

    When filing for divorce under Missouri law, a spouse must allege that a marriage is “irretrievably broken”, that is, that there is no reasonable likelihood that a marriage can be preserved, in order to obtain a dissolution of the marriage. However, in order to obtain a legal separation, a spouse must allege the opposite; that there is a reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved and, therefore, that the marriage is not “irretrievably broken”. There are several reasons why a spouse may be interested in legal separation over divorce. Some of those motives could be for religious reasons, practical (i.e. continued insurance coverage), or for emotional purposes.


What is a Level Pay Plan?

Posted: March 02, 2018

The lawyers at Worsham Law Firm offer level pay plan options that help clients pay reasonable monthly amounts rather than a one-time lump sum. This program allows you to spread out attorney fees over time with a payment once every month. The firm's goal is to help clients with all their needs, especially those that are financial. Family law issues are rarely cost-efficient, and paying extensive lawyer fees on top of other expenses for this change can place an individual in difficult situations. The firm understands financial difficulties and wants to help clients save as much money as possible. Divorce is already an expensive endeavor and often leads to stress. The additional stress of having to fork over a large chunk of money at one time does not aid the client's situation. The level pay plan is available to those facing family law issues. A Springfield, MO divorce lawyer from the firm can discuss whether or not this option fits your situation.

One of the most significant elements of level pay plans is that monthly payments will never exceed $500. Under this arrangement, you will pay the minimum monthly payment until there is no longer a balance. The purpose of the firm's level pay plan is to relieve unnecessary stress from those who are facing divorce, child custody issues, or legal separation. Many individuals do not have the full amount that is due in their account at the time of the situation, and this plan can help both parties get back on their feet after divorce or another family law matter. It is the firm's wish that clients have control over their bank account during their difficult family law trial and that they will be protected from having to shell out the entire payment at one time.

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THINK YOU CAN'T AFFORD A DIVORCE ATTORNEY? THINK AGAIN.

Posted: February 23, 2018

It is common knowledge that divorce is a financially daunting task, especially in regard to hotly contested divorces. In order to save money, many couples attempt to undergo the divorce process without the legal assistance of an experienced attorney.

Although not hiring a lawyer may save money, those who do so will suffer several consequences. For instance, the legal system is complex and the stress of a divorce makes it difficult to think clearly. Making a mistake in a divorce proceeding may cause financial harm or will require future legal proceedings to correct it, resulting in more money being spent than originally intended.

At Worsham Law Firm, we are committed to helping you get a fresh start in life and doing so in the most cost-effective way possible. Since we understand financial difficulties experienced by our clients, our Springfield family law attorneys offerreasonable monthly payment plans rather than a one-time lump sum.


TAX INCENTIVES & OTHER BENEFITS OF A CHARITABLE REMAINDER TRUST

Posted: February 09, 2018

If you wish to offer a significant gift to charity, you may want to consider a charitable trust. Since 1969, countless families have used charitable remainder trusts (CRTs) to increase their incomes, save taxes and benefit charities.

A CRT allows you to convert a highly appreciated asset, such as a stock or real estate, into a lifetime income. It essentially reduces your taxes now and estate taxes when you pass away. Additionally, you pay no capital gain tax when the asset is sold and lets you help one or more charities that have special meaning to you.

In order to set up a CRT, you need to initially establish a trust and transfer to that trust all the property that you wish to donate to charity. The charity you select must be approved by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which typically means that the charity must be exempt from taxes.


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