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Does your new job opportunity mean custody agreement change?

For the past few years, you have been complying with the terms of the child custody agreement that went into effect upon your divorce. You have a good track record, and no significant issues have come up.

Now you have the opportunity to take the next step in your career, but the job the company is offering you will mean relocation, which will disrupt the existing visitation routine you have with your son. Will the court see fit to modify your child custody agreement?

Should you submit to a breathalyzer test in Missouri?

Drunk driving is a serious epidemic every state has to contend with. According to data collected by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 3,300 people died in drunk driving incidents between 2003 and 2012 in Missouri. 

People pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving can expect for a police officer to administer a field test. This usually consists of a breathalyzer to determine a person's blood alcohol content level. While most submit, many deny, assuming they are within their legal rights to do so. While a person can technically deny a breathalyzer test, one should seriously consider whether that is the best course of action. 

Two issues to consider for parenting plans

If you are going through a divorce and decide to co-parent your children with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, chances are the two of you will develop a parenting plan at some point. Such a plan covers basics such as physical and legal custody and child support, but some plans neglect or do not fully address a few areas.

It is better to be safe rather than sorry. If you think an issue will never arise because the two of you apparently have the same philosophies, address it anyway. Life has a tendency to sneak up on people and deliver surprises.

Sobriety checkpoints an issue in 2017 budget

Motorists on Kansas City roadways at one time or another may have encountered a sobriety checkpoint. At these checkpoints, police randomly stop vehicles to determine if the drivers are operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If the motorist shows any signs of impairment, the officer will perform a more detailed investigation to see if the driver should be arrested.

These sobriety checkpoints have often been cited as an effective tool in the fight against drunk driving, but, this could be changing in 2017. The Missouri state legislature is currently debating whether or not to include DWI checkpoints in this year’s budget. If the funds requested are not approved, it could mean changes for the way that police look for drunk drivers.

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