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January 2013 Archives

Couples share the causes of their divorces

A recent unscientific survey found that everyone seems to have different opinions on why nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. While many couples last a lifetime, some find they aren't built for the long run. In order to discover if any factors were consistent across failed marriages, individuals were asked their opinions on why couples opted for divorce. The results were surprising in that there was little consensus among the responses. Several major themes emerged, and some of the respondents gave completely unique answers to the question. For example, one respondent devised a formula that for every negative interaction, there should be five positive conversations. However, not everyone agrees with that formula. Several respondents stated that partners simply "grew apart" as they changed with age.

Sex crimes, extortion trial underway in federal court in Missouri

Opening statements were heard recently in the trial of a federal indictment against a 36-year-old man. Authorities allege he engaged in a number of sex crimes in Missouri that involved a 16-year-old girl. He is also charged with extortion and witness tampering.

Fatal Missouri auto accident: Driver sentenced; Wrongful death?

A foreign national attending Missouri State University on a student visa has finally been sentenced in criminal court for his role in a fatal car accident dating back to Dec. 2010. The 26-year-old man originally pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He was accused of causing an auto accident that took the life of a 24-year-old man near the university. In Nov. 2012, he withdrew his not guilty plea and admitted guilt.

Baby Belcher child custody matter heating up in Missouri

The mother of Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher, who killed both himself and the mother of his child last month, is seeking child custody in a petition filed with the probate court in Kansas City. Belcher's mother, who resides in New York, has filed for custody of the 4-month-old daughter of the deceased couple as well as a petition to be administrator of Belcher's estate. However, Belcher's mother is not automatically the first choice for custody. Relatives of the mother have now entered their own petition to be considered for custody of the child as well. The next hearing is expected to change the status of the custody case from uncontested to contested based on the entry of the new custody petition.

Man faces drunk driving charge after Missouri police pursuit

A man from another state is now facing a drunk driving charge in Missouri after an alleged police pursuit. The vehicle was allegedly stolen south of Missouri but then crossed over into our state. Police authorities managed to stop the vehicle in Macon County, Missouri and the man is now facing a drunk driving charge, along with several other criminal allegations.

Husband and wife killed in Missouri truck accident

All too often, truck accidents devastate the lives of victims and family members who are left behind to mourn the loss of those who succumb to their catastrophic injuries. One recent Missouri truck accident resulted in the deaths of a husband and wife who were in their 60s. The two were killed in a collision with a 32-year-old truck driver that took place in Pike County, Missouri.

Sperm donor asked to pay child support

In a unique case involving a father's rights and responsibilities, the state of Kansas asserted that a sperm donor who provided material to impregnate a lesbian woman must now pay child support for the baby that he helped to create. The decision has set off a backlash of controversy, with some claiming that the state is politically motivated in its decision. The Topeka man answered a Craigslist advertisement soliciting sperm donations for a lesbian couple who wanted to have a baby together. The man agreed to give the women his sperm, donating it free of charge according to his testimony. He delivered the sperm to the women and also allegedly signed an agreement stating that he would not have any financial responsibility in regard to the child once it was born.

How to tell it is time for divorce

The decision to divorce is never easy. It can involve changing homes, jobs or even locations, and it may bring financial difficulties as well as emotional distress. However, there are times when divorce really is the best option to solve relationship problems. When counseling has not worked and two people can no longer live together, divorce may be the only reasonable option. There are some tell-tale signs that divorce is imminent. For one thing, when communication stops altogether, it is a reliable sign that working problems out may not be feasible. Loss of communication usually goes along with loss of respect and a wish to be alone rather than with your partner. In some cases, partners may feel that they are only in a relationship because they prefer to deal with known problems rather than unknown problems.

Woman facing drug distribution charges in Missouri

Being accused of committing drug crimes can lead to serious penalties that can include jail time along with monetary fines, if a criminal conviction should result. One Missouri woman was recently faced with drug distribution charges in connection with Valium pills. Authorities allege that she tried to sell 10 of the pills to an informant who was working for police.

Missouri car accident leaves 5 injured just after Christmas

The holiday season can be an especially difficult time to deal with injuries caused by a Missouri car accident. Car accident injuries can mar a time that is meant to be festive and lead to costly medical bills in the future. One recent auto collision led to five people suffering injuries that required hospitalization.

Company, project manager face felony charges in Missouri

The serious tornado that rocked a Missouri town in May 2011 left a path of destruction that caused significant damage to many of the town's buildings. Now, the Missouri Attorney General and a county prosecuting attorney have brought felony charges claiming that at least one company and project manager attempted to take advantage of the deal they had to demolish three of the town's schools. The contracts that Urban Metropolitan Development received were subject to Missouri's prevailing wage law since they were considered public works projects.

Man injured while operating a motorcycle recovers in Columbia

Motorcycle accidents can often lead to serious injuries due to the fact that vehicles which collide with them are often larger. Furthermore, the open nature of a motorcycle also makes it more likely that a driver could be seriously injured while operating a motorcycle. One recent Missouri motorcycle accident sent a man to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of injuries that included pelvic injuries and a broken wrist, elbow and leg. The man was taken to Rusk Rehabilitation in Columbia once he was discharged from the other facility.

Living with ex-partners after divorce

A surprising number of couples still live together after filing for divorce simply because the economy, job loss, and a soft housing market will not allow one or both to acquire a separate residence. Financial disagreements may lead to separation, but they do not necessarily resolve themselves simply because a couple chooses to end their relationship. A recent survey by the NPR-Kaiser Family Foundation found that couples who have suffered a job loss by one or more partners in the last year reported significant negative changes in their relationships, including damage to health. When couples decide to separate, however, they may be faced with even more bad news: The marital home may be underwater, or they may be unable to sell, often a crucial factor in resolving divorce financial issues.