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St Louis organization counsels couples with children during divorce

A divorce can be difficult emotionally and financially for a couple, but this separation can be even more taxing on the family’s children. But according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, an organization in the region is helping families reduce conflict and co-parent more effectively after a separation or divorce.

Kids in the Middle, located in Kirkwood, is opening a new location in St. Charles to help better serve families in need of the agency’s services.

Read the DadsDivorce.com article on Kids in the Middle: “Helping Children with Divorce.”

The organization begins counseling spouses and families when the decision to separate is reached. Kids in the Middle then stays with each family as they transition through divorce and into their post-divorce lives. The aim is to provide counseling, education and support services that are all geared toward the best interests of the children.

To help parents understand their children’s needs, the agency has compiled a Kids Bill of Rights which declares that all children have the right to a safe, stable and loving environment. To feel this way, children need to express love for both parents, remain connected to both parents’ families, express their feelings and remain a child and not a parental confidant.

Mom flees with children violating visitation plan

A Michigan father is waiting nervously after the mother of his children has reportedly fled with their 11-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter, according to WOOD News.

Wendi Carpenter of Holland, Michigan, was supposed to return the children to their father at the Holland Department of Public Safety building after a scheduled visitation during the summer. The agency was asked to help with the exchange of the children.

The news source reports that the woman is believed to have fled the state with the children, Luke and Cambria. Authorities were looking for them in a 2006 Toyota Highlander, but that vehicle was recovered in western Missouri where Carpenter has a family member living. A nationwide warrant has been issued by the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s office for custodial interference.

The father has custody of the children in Colorado, the Holland Sentinel reports.

Holland Police spokesman Captain Bob Buursma told the publication that law enforcement officials do not have any information that would lead them to believe that the children are in great danger, and Carpenter’s motivations are not known.

Proposed Missouri bill eliminate child support

A proposed law in Missouri would eliminate child support in cases involving joint custody in certain situations.

Senate Bill 35 would allow for parents who request that the court award them joint physical custody to pay no child support if the difference in the two adults’ income is less than 25 percent and there is no evidence that no financial support or such a custody situation is in the best interest of the child.

Read the MensRights.com article “Bill Would Eliminate Child Support In Joint Custody Cases.”

In addition, the proposed law would reduce child support in cases where no joint physical custody is agreed upon if the other conditions are met. Specifically “the court shall award child support in an amount that provides for an 18 to 50 percent adjustment below the basic child support amount authorized by the child support guidelines,” if the other requirements are fulfilled.

The bill was introduced by state Senator Jim Lembke, who has been in the Senate since 2008, after serving for a number of years in the state’s House of Representatives.

In 2009, it was estimated that states received $3.8 billion from the federal government to enforce child support payments.

Custody Dispute Features Tammy Repaso

Cordell & Cordell attorney Tammy Repaso was featured in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article as the lawyer for a father fighting for custody of his child with the child’s disabled mother.

The mother and father share joint custody, but Repaso’s client is seeking full custody. Unfortunately, the case is being painted that the father is going after full custody solely based on the mother’s disability.

However, Repaso told the newspaper, “We would never pursue custody based solely on disability or disease of a parent. Instead, these matters are based on the best interest of the child.”

Click the link to read the full story on the custody battle.

At Cordell & Cordell, we regard it as a basic truth that father-child relationship is as important as the mother-child relationship, and that gender-based discrimination in family court is unconscionable. Representing a father in a custody case is a challenging task requiring skill and experience.

In a system seemingly predisposed against them, men can only hope to succeed by using all the help available to them, both legally and strategically. Cordell & Cordell has built its practice on helping men do just that.

Tammy Repaso is a Litigation Manager in the St. Charles, Missouri, office of Cordell & Cordell, where she practices exclusively in the area of domestic relations. To schedule an appointment with her, please contact Cordell & Cordell.

St. Louis Family Law Firm Focused on Men

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently discovered the carnage and aftermath of divorce that men encounter as seen on the forum section of DadsDivorce.com. The website is owned and maintained by Cordell & Cordell, a law firm dedicated to working with men facing divorce.

Father’s rights movements have been insisting for many years that family courts are biased towards women. When looking at these websites, it doesn’t take long to see the rage these father’s feel towards the court system.

Cordell & Cordell co-founder, Joseph Cordell, stated that although he is not a political activist, he doesn’t “want to shy away from being brutally frank.”

“We’re really less involved in a movement or a political cause so much as we want to help a group who have very practical issues,” he said. “They don’t want to spend the time in a political fight for justice.”