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Are Couples Growing Older or Growing Apart?

old couple While at the alter saying those fateful vows, visions of growing old together float through your head. As you utter each promise, you imagine you and your partner sitting on the porch in rocking chairs watching the time fly by, moving together in perfect sync.

For many couples, growing old, in reality, means growing apart. As the anniversaries rack up, so do these couples’ differences, and suddenly you are no longer the same people you were forty years ago on your wedding day. Out of respect for the longevity, many take measures like marriage counseling to try to repair what is broken.  [Read more…]

How do we Make Joint Custody Work for our Family?

babyAfter the custody agreement is settled, you and your ex-spouse decide that for your children’s sake, joint custody is the best option for you. Allowing both of you to remain in their lives on a daily basis is important to all. But you’ve heard the sad tales of divorced families headed toward troubles, sparked by disorganization and plagued by miscommunication. [Read more…]

Savor the Taste of St. Louis

taste of st. louisThe truest way to test a city is with your taste buds. The easiest way to enjoy all the flavors St. Louis has to offer is at the annual Taste of St. Louis.

Voted St. Louis Magazine’s “Best Food Event” for the past two years, this citywide party offers music, entertainment, and the best food in Missouri. From Sept. 19-21, head down to the Chesterfield Amphitheater—with a big appetite, of course.  [Read more…]

Stephen Bardol Honored by Missouri Lawyers Weekly

Bardol_Logo_final_webFor Immediate Release:
Contact: Stephen Bardol
Bardol Law Firm, LLC
Phone: (314)- 918-0100

[St. Louis, MO]- Family law attorney, Stephen Bardol of Bardol Law Firm, LLC, a law firm in St. Louis, Missouri, was recently honored by being welcomed into the 2014 class for Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s annual Up & Coming event.

According to Missouri Lawyers Weekly, the editors chose these winners based on their “demonstration of excellence and their potential to make a difference in the legal profession and their communities.” The winners must have been 40 or younger, or have been practicing for less than ten years.

Stephen founded his own law firm, Bardol Law Firm, LLC, and has experience representing clients through their divorces, custody cases, support disputes, and more and has had success with clients in and around St. Louis County.

Founder and current managing attorney at Bardol Law Firm, LLC, Stephen Bardol mostly practices family law, and is committed to operating with communication and honesty.

“I am incredibly honored to be recognized by this reputable organization and celebrated at this event with the rest of my talented colleagues. Embracing the recognition, I hope to continue to grow and improve as a family lawyer, serving the people of St. Louis.  I can’t fathom anything more rewarding than helping families through their legal trouble, and I get to do it every day, “ said Stephen Bardol.

At Bardol Law Firm, LLC, dedicated attorneys help families through difficult legal circumstances. The firm handles cases with integrity and with exceptional service.

For more information, visit Bardol Law Firm, LLC, or call (314)-918-0100.

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About Bardol Law Firm, LLC: Assisting the St. Louis, Missouri area, Bardol Law Firm, LLC is devoted to helping families through stressful family law processes.  Whether their clients are going through a divorce, in the middle of a custody battle, or changing their name, Bardol Law Firm, LLC has the experience and dedication to find the best possible solution. For more information, call (314)-918-0100.

Head to a St. Louis Cardinals Game

Therest. louis cardinals aren’t many things I enjoy more than dusting off my baseball cap, finding my old glove, and heading down to the infamous Busch Stadium for a St. Louis Cardinals game.  While watching the game on television after a long day is quite satisfying, there is nothing like sitting under those bright lights and hearing the umpire yell, “Play ball!” [Read more…]

Back to School Tips–Divorce and Parenting

back to schoolWhen summer ends, it signifies the commencement of the new school year. When a marriage ends, it means the beginning of the ongoing battle known as child custody arrangements.

While the Family Court of St. Louis City mandates that all parents going through a divorce attend a Parent Education Class, these classes don’t teach you everything. When you are helping your child cope with the new changes in their life, there are some hardships for which you truly can’t prepare them.

According to a recent blog post from the Huffington Post, one of the most confusing and difficult times in a divorce-affected family’s life is the beginning of the school year. This time of year brings a new schedule chock full of pick-ups and drop-offs for extracurricular activities, along with a myriad of parent-teacher meetings. Whether your child custody arrangement settlement went smoothly or was rocky, this time of year will be trying for all parties involved. [Read more…]

I’m Getting Divorced. But Can I Keep my Ring?

 ringAs you dot the I’s and cross the T’s on your divorce papers, you catch yourself looking longingly in the direction of your engagement ring. You remember every second of the moment you were given this statement piece. He got down on one knee as you thought to yourself, “This is the happiest day of my life.”  [Read more…]

Are Millennials Changing the Marriage Game?

young coupleDo you remember a time when you scrolled through your social media newsfeeds without seeing a wedding announcement, engagement photos, or a beach wedding scene? I certainly don’t. As you get older, these events increase amongst your peers. According to a recent CNN article, the millennial generation may not be seeing as many of these announcements as the previous generations.  [Read more…]

Missouri Lawyers Weekly | Stephen Bardol Selected as Winner

Recently our own Stephen Bardol was selected as a winner in the overall Up & Coming class by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.  A total of 54 Missouri attorneys will be honored among the 2014 class for Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s annual Up & Coming event.

Missouri Lawyers Weekly editors selected the winners based on their demonstration of excellence and their potential to make a difference in the legal profession and their communities. The awards recognize lawyers who are 40 or younger, or within the first 10 years of practice.

 

Family Law Glossary

Family law matters are confusing and can be difficult to navigate. Below are some terms frequently used in Missouri family law practices.

Adoption: Legal rights and duties of parenting are transferred from the biological parents or the court system to a new parent or set of parents.

Adult Order of Protection: This order can be filed to protect anyone over the age of 17 who was threatened, abused, or stalked.

Estate Plan: When you create an estate plan, you decide what will happen to your property and assets after you die. After divorcing, it is important to readdress your estate plan to make sure your property is going to proper parties, possibly not including your former spouse.

Parent Education Classes: When parents are going through a divorce, legal separation, or paternity case, these education classes are mandated by Missouri courts.

Full Order of Protection: One year legal protection for victims of abuse, harassment, or stalking from a member of their household.

Foreign Order of Protection: When you move across the state border, while having a Full Order of Protection, your Order would be deemed foreign in the new state of residence.

Motion for Family Access: When custody dispute decisions are not followed, it is best to get the court involved by filing a motion for family access. This will cause a speedy hearing to figure out the issues and reprimand the misbehaving parties.

Exchange Center Program: This is a Court regulated place where parents can exchange the children during a custody switch.

Ex Parte Order of Protection: When a victim of domestic violence, the court date sometimes does not come soon enough. When a victim is in danger, this temporary order is issued to keep the victim safe until the hearing.

Independent Placement Adoption: Sometimes called a private adoption, this occurs when parents looking to adopt find birth parents on their own and do not operate through an agency or state organization.

Interstate Adoption: When parents are adopting a child from another state, there are certain regulations they must follow not only in the state they reside in, but in the state they are adopting from.

Agency Adoption: This is the most common way to adopt. Agencies facilitate adoption and provide assistance throughout the entire process. The agency can be private or public.

Child Order of Protection: When a child gets caught in the middle of a domestic violence dispute or is the victim, this order provides security to the child and protection from the accused party.

Child Support: When there is a divorce or the parents aren’t married, the parent who does not have sole custody of the child pays a required amount to assist with providing for the child.

Contempt of Court: When a party does not follow the decision or does not pay the mandated fees after a custody, domestic violence, or divorce case, they are in “contempt of court.” This brings the problem into the eyes of the court.

Visitation: This is the court given right of a parent or grandparent to temporarily visit with a child. This is commonly given during or after custody disputes.

Divorce: The dissolution of marriage by the court. When this occurs, the obligations and privileges that accompany marriage are now null and void.

Legal Separation: This is quite similar to divorce, however, the main difference is that couples can more easily reunite down the road. Some have the misconception that a couple must be legally separated before divorcing. A legal separation can be motioned to become a divorce after 90 days, however.

Domestic Violence: Any attempt to attack or assault another member of your family or household. This includes stalking, sexual assault, kidnapping, and harassment.

Emancipation: A child under the age of 18 becomes emancipated and parental legal obligations cease. This would include child support.

Paternity: This is the proof that a father is the biological parent of a child.

Prenuptial Agreement: Before a marriage, this provides a plan for assets and property in case the marriage ends.

Postnuptial Agreement: When a couple is married but does not have a prenuptial agreement, they can create a plan for assets and property, just in case the marriage ends. Property Division:

Spousal Support: After a divorce or separation, some parties are required to provide money or other support to their former spouse.

Temporary Restraining Order: A victim of domestic violence can be in danger of further violence while waiting for the trial determining whether or not they receive an Order of Protection. In this case, a temporary restraining order is provided.

Uncontested Divorce: When a couple comes to agreement and the divorce does not go to trial, it is deemed uncontested. This lessens costs and provides for a more amicable process.

Contested Divorce: When a divorce case goes to trial and there are disagreements, this would be considered to be contested.