Blog Posts in 2015

  • Divorce Advice for Women: Helping Professional Women Make Sound Legal Decisions to Protect Their Future

    Over the last few decades, societal and family dynamics have evolved beyond the typical paternalistic household where a husband goes to work each day while the wife stays home to tend to domestic duties such as cooking and cleaning. The Pew Research Center conducted an analysis of this shifting perspective and determined that the mother was either the sole or primary breadwinner for 40% of ...
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  • Child Custody Laws in Missouri Evolve with Changing Parenting Roles

    The nuclear family of the fifties is no longer common in American households. Today, more women work outside the home than ever before, and more fathers take on active parenting roles than in previous generations. This changing dynamic can lead to interesting divorce cases, and child custody laws have long struggled to keep pace with changes in society as a whole. Because of the evolving role of ...
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  • Divorce Mediation May Be Smarter than Litigation

    When a divorce ends up in court, the judge has to decide the issues most important to the family, and once a disputed issue goes before the judge, the judge has the power to make binding legal decisions on the issue. This includes for issues such as child custody and visitation, spousal support, child support, property division, and allocation of debts. Because the outcome of a judge’s decision is ...
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  • A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding if Alimony is a Factor in Your Divorce

    Some people mistakenly believe that alimony (also referred to as spousal maintenance or spousal support) is a guaranteed element of their divorce settlement. This is not always the case. In the absence of a validly executed prenuptial or postnuptial agreement specifying the terms of an alimony arrangement, alimony determinations in Missouri are made on a case-by-case basis. The court is not ...
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  • A Guide to Child Support in Missouri

    Child support is an important factor in many divorces as well as in many single parents’ lives. Calculating child support payments accurately will help ensure that your children are well provided for and can help you protect your and your children’s financial future. When it comes to child support in Missouri, there are a couple of important factors to consider to help ensure that payments are ...
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  • Divorce Advice: Key Considerations During Divorce in Missouri

    Once word gets out that you or your spouse is seeking a divorce , you may find yourself inundated with well-meaning (but often inaccurate) divorce advice from friends and family members. While it is important to get your divorce advice from a licensed attorney who specializes in family law, there are certain factors to consider when divorcing in Missouri in order to ensure your rights and best ...
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  • Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce in Missouri

    After the first spouse files for divorce , the second spouse has the right to contest the divorce. This means that the second spouse may formally disagree with something the first spouse (the Plaintiff) has said or requested in their Petition or request for divorce. An uncontested divorce is one in which both parties completely agree on everything requested in the Petition. Both of these types of ...
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