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West Newsmagazine 3-7-18

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2 I March 7, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE @WESTNEWSMAG WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM Paid Advertisement Average cost of divorce roughly equals the average cost of a wedding Stange Law Firm, PC According to national data, the average cost of a wedding is approximately $35,000. Obviously, some larger weddings can cost more than this amount, while other smaller weddings can cost less. But this is the average cost nonetheless. Many also wonder about the average cost of a divorce when they are about to get divorced. Many theorize that the cost of a divorce should be significantly less than the cost of the marriage itself. Is this realistic? Should it really cost less to get out of the marriage than it did to get married in the first place? If so, why? The reality is that to get divorced, parties can really only complete it one of two ways. The first way is through a comprehensive settlement where parties agree entirely on property and debt division, child custody, child support, spousal maintenance and attorney’s fees. The second way is when the parties cannot agree on one-hundred percent of those issues. Instead, after a trial, a judge ends up having to decide for them. According to a recent article, the average cost of a party to get divorced was $15,000. But when multiplying that number by 2 for both parties, the combined total cost is about $30,000. This is about the same as the cost of the average wedding — give or take a few thousand dollars. Of course, some divorces can be settled quickly and easily at less cost. Others, on the other hand, can be complicated and cost significantly more. This is really no different from the cost of a wedding average. Some weddings are small and do not cost a lot, while others are large weddings where the cost is much higher. For whatever reason, many are surprised that the cost to end the marriage is roughly about the same as the cost to get into the marriage. Why that is probably has more to do with the emotional willingness of parties to pay for something that is joyous (like a wedding) versus something not as joyous (like a divorce). Stange Law Firm, PC limits their practice to family law matters including divorce, child custody, child support, paternity, guardianship, adoption, juvenile matters, collaborative law and other domestic relation matters. Stange Law Firm, PC gives clients 24/7 access to their case through a secured online case tracker found on the website. They also give their clients their cell phone numbers. Stange Law Firm, PC understands the emotions that can come from a divorce or family law matter. No matter the family law issue you face, we are here to help you rebuild your life. Call for a consultation today at 855 805-0595. West County Office 16024 Manchster Road,, Suite 103 Ellisville, MO 63011 St. Louis County Office 120 South Central Ave., Suite 450 Clayton, MO 63105 855-805-0595 “Here to Help You Rebuild Your Life” The choice of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Kirk Stange is respsonsible for the content. Principal place of business 120 South Central Ave, Suite 450, Clayton, MO 63105. Neither the Supreme Court of Missouri/Illinois nor The Missouri/Illinois Bar reviews or approves certifying organizations or specialist designations. Court rules do not permit us to advertise that we specialize in a particular field or area of law. The areas of law mentioned in this article are our areas of interest and generally are the types of cases which we are involved. It is not intended to suggest specialization in any areas of law which are mentioned The information you obtain in this advertisement is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Past results afford no guarantee of future results and every case is different and must be judged on its merits. Your Concrete Specialists West Newsmagazine Specializing in: • Concrete Flat Work • Exterior Water Control • Driveways • Garage Floors • Room Additions • Excavating • Patios Locally Owned & Operated Since 1978 •Fully Insured and Bonded •Free Estimates •Contact Us Today! • Senior Discounts Available 636.946.3211 • • St. Charles, MO

FACEBOOK.COM/WESTNEWSMAGAZINE WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM Each week, West Newsmagazine will ask randomly selected questions – some serious and thought-provoking, others simply for fun – of local leaders and community members. This week, we’re talking with Donna Hearne, executive director of The Constitutional Coalition, a research organization based in Ellisville. Hearne is a former appointee to the U.S. Department of Education under President Ronald Reagan and author of “The Long War & Common Core.” Mark and Donna Hearne RANDOM THOUGHTS What is a small gesture from a stranger that made a big impact on you? This is not the setting that you would normally think of, but many, many years ago, my husband and I were invited to have dinner with some friends of ours. ... There was a special guest there that was extremely interesting and open and wanted to listen to what I had to say. I was a young mother-to-be of 28 years old and expecting my fourth child … it changed my life because that person was Ronald Reagan. He had an incredible depth of wisdom and intelligence and sense of humor. And yet, he wanted to hear what I, and some other people, had to say. It was just a small group of people for about four hours, but we sat down and had dinner and visited in the living room around the sofas and chairs. What is an unusual place you’ve visited? When we had four young children, 10 and under, we took a five-week camping trip west from here, all the way to the Pacific Ocean and back again. I think one of the biggest things that was so astounding to me, and so unusual, was the vastness of the prairie and of the area that we know A Community Conversation our forefathers and the pioneers sacrificed so much to get through, set up and live in. You stand out there in Kansas or Nebraska, or even up in Saskatchewan, which was probably the most profound, and you went hour after hour after hour and all you saw were fields of wheat ... it was just a profound understanding of all the effort that was put into settling North America. What would you show tourists to showcase life where you live? You asked a question close to my heart. I’m involved with something called New France: The Other Colonial America. It’s down in Ste. Genevieve, located about one hour south of here. It is the first town settled west of the Mississippi ... originally settled in the early 1700s. I’m part of a group [that] own and [maintain] five historic homes, three of which ... were built in the 1700s. It’s a story of entrepreneurship and ... of people who were able to take what they had, which was salt and lead, and figure out how to mine it and get it to New Orleans and get the people there to have salt, which was lifesaving. ... These people had nothing to really work with, yet they built magnificent houses in a style that is actually unique ... combining French-Creole porches with the Norman trusses of France. Big, huge oaks timbers are stuck in the ground upright, not crosswise and not horizontal, but vertical and stuck in the ground, and are still standing 260 years later. What would you want to be buried with you so you could use it in the afterlife? Well, my theology is that I basically go to the afterlife with my soul, initially, and then when Christ comes back again after that, with my body. What would I like to take with me? I’d like to take a young body and not an old one, which I probably will! I’m not going to have the aches and pains, and all the stresses of this world. I’ll take with me the promises of a world that is just glorious. When you stop to think, God says He hung the clouds in the sky. Now, how can you not want to stand there and just ask, “Wow, how did you do that?” • • • [Editor’s note: For more with Donna Hearne, visit] March 7, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE I OPINION I 3 Vacation Vacation Stays Stays for Mom and Dad for Mom and Dad FREE Aetrex gift with purchase this Friday, Saturday, & Sunday March 9, 10 & 11 Chesterfield Mall (upper level outside Dillard’s) • 636.532.0017 Caretakers deserve a break too! Caretakers deserve a break too! Have your parents stay with us when you Have go out your of town. parents They stay will with be us taken when care you of go out and of town. you won’t They will have be to taken worry. care of and you won’t have to worry. 700 Garden Path O’Fallon, MO 63366 1025 Chesterfield 700 Garden call Pointe Scott Path 636-240-2840 O’Fallon, Pkwy Chesterfield, MO 63366MO 63017 Scott 636-240-2840 13612 Big call Bend Hilary Road 636-537-3333 St. Louis, MO 63088 13612 Big Big call Bend Lila Road 636-861-0500 St. St. Louis, M MO O 63088 1025 Chesterfield call Pointe Kelly 636-861-0500 Pkwy Chesterfield, MO 63017 1025 Chesterfield 700 Garden call Pointe Leatha Path Pkwy O’Fallon, 636-537-3333 Chesterfield, MO 63366 MO 63017 call Leatha Hilary Scott 636-537-3333 636-240-2840 The Experts in Dementia Care The Experts in Dementia Care