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Missouri: Your Divorce is Final, What’s Left?You have finally signed all the paperwork. Or you have just received your Judgment and Order from the Court. You have exhausted all of your remedies, including appeal. Is it finally over? Well, almost. Now you need to follow your order. Did you agree to sign a car over to your ex? . . . .If you have an order of child support against you, you are aware that it needs to be paid every month. Many clients wonder when their child support is going to end. In the State of Missouri, there are several different ways that child support can end, or be terminated. Emancipation . . . .

Missouri Child Support: Will it Ever End?

Ahh, summer time. For children its that magical time of the year when they are off school. For divorced parents, it can be a switch in the usual custody plan. Every parenting plan has different language for summer vacation and subsequent travel plans, so please read your Parenting Plan . . . .

Teenagers Struggle With Whom to Live With

In the State of Missouri, there are three kinds of custody for children who are the subject of family court cases. The first kind is physical custody. That covers where the child physically is at, at all times. The second time is legal custody. Legal custody covers all major decisions . . . .

Missouri: Separate and Marital Property

The State of Missouri is considered a modified no-fault state in terms of filing for Dissolution of Marriage. This eliminates the requirements either party may have to prove dates of separation or bad acts on the part of the other party. The State of Missouri also offers to parties . . . .

Missouri: Mediation? Can it Work?

The role of mediation in resolving divorces and paternity is becoming much more common. One of the reasons it is so popular is because if successful, it can be much less costly than a contentious court battle. Mediation is mandatory in some states. In some of these states mediation . . . .

Missouri: How Fast Can I Get Divorced?

I conduct several initial appointments a week for potential clients. One of the most frequent questions I am asked is how fast can we get this done? In today’s economy and times, many clients want to streamline what can be a lengthy and costly process. The request for a quickie divorce . . . .

Missouri: The Role of Maintenance

An issue that I deal with in my practice that seems to be coming up more frequently is that of maintenance, otherwise called alimony, or spousal support. In this economy, many adults are out of work. They need every penny to meet their monthly expenses. One such source of funds is . . . .

Living With Step-Parents, a Kids’ Perspective

When two people get married, they expect to be together forever. As adults, we know that people’s feelings can change over time. This can happen even if both adults are dedicated to the children they share. Divorce is never an easy decision. Many times your children will be happier if . . . .

Missouri: What is Legal Custody?

What is legal custody? When most clients come in they know what kind of physical custody they are looking to enjoy with their children. Many though do not realize that physical custody is not the only kind of custody available. Legal custody covers major decision making responsibilities . . . .

I Lost My Job, How Do I Lower My Child Support?

As we all know, the economy has been in a slump. Many people in Missouri have lost their jobs or seen their paycheck and hours cut. Every client or potential client I meet with asks how much child support might be. Most clients are horrified at how high child support can be, even with . . . .

Educational Decisions for Your Minor Child

As we are heading into the heart of summer, many clients are wondering where their child will be attending school in the Fall semester. I have several clients who are going through this same decision process right now. If you are in the middle of litigation on where your child is . . . .

Divorce and Co-Parenting

When clients come in to see their attorney, their first comments usually include that they want full custody of their children. In the State of Missouri, there is a growing trend towards joint parenting, or co-parenting. In Missouri, there are three types of custody available to parents . . . .

Grandparent’s Rights in Missouri

In recent years, the issue of whether a grandparent has the right to visit with a grandchild has become more prevalent. Sadly, when parents decide to get divorced, the parents of the non-custodial parent often end up cut off from their grandchildren. The issue of a grandparent . . .