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Family Violence: Legal Help for Those Living in Missouri With an Abuser

Domestic violence is a serious crime under Missouri law in most situations, particularly when it involves physical violence or actions meant to put someone in fear of physical injury. Abuse victims often find it difficult to leave relationships with… Read More
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How Long After Divorce Can You Remarry in Missouri

Divorce marks the end of a marriage and the beginning of a new chapter of a person’s life. Sometimes, a new chapter includes a new marriage. What do Missouri’s family laws say about getting married after a divorce? Missouri does not place any spe… Read More
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What is a Gray Divorce?

Divorce is a difficult and emotional process for everyone involved. While the country’s overall divorce rate appears to be near its lowest point in about half a century, the rate for older adults has increased in the past couple of decades. This tr… Read More
Categories: Divorce
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Relocation After Divorce With Children: Child’s Best Interest

When the parents of a minor child get divorced in Missouri, their relationship as co-parents continues even after their marriage ends. Missouri law presumes that maintaining a close relationship with both parents is best for a child. Co-parenting pla… Read More
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How Does Presumption of Parenthood Work in a Same-Sex Marriage?

When a married couple with minor children gets a divorce in Missouri, any child born to the spouses must be part of the case unless they are already subject to an order for child support and custody from another court. As the concept of marriage has… Read More
Can a Missouri Judge Deny a Divorce

Can a Missouri Judge Deny a Divorce?

Divorce is a difficult, emotional, and often messy process. Missouri is a “no-fault” divorce state. The person who has filed for divorce, known as the “petitioner,” only needs to show that no reasonable chance exists for them to reconcile wit… Read More
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How to Value a Business in a Divorce

Missouri family law states that most assets acquired during a marriage are marital property, which is subject to division in a divorce case. If either spouse owns a business, all or part of their ownership stake in that business might be marital prop… Read More
Categories: Blogs, Divorce
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Changes to Missouri Child Support

Missouri law states that a court may order either or both parents of a child to pay child support in a divorce or legal separation. The Missouri Supreme Court sets guidelines for how much a parent should pay in child support. In May 2021, it issued a… Read More
Categories: Blogs, Child Support
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Practice Area: Rights of the Unwed / Cohabitation Rights in Missouri

The number of people in romantic, committed relationships who live together without getting married has grown at an enormous rate in the past few decades. People might live together before getting married, while engaged, or with no plans to get marri… Read More
Categories: Blogs, Divorce
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Divorce FAQ: How Long Does a Divorce Take in Missouri?

How long does it take to get a divorce in Missouri? This is a question that family lawyers hear often. Divorce is a difficult, often painful process, but it does not always have to be a lengthy one. The amount of time it takes to finalize a divorce d… Read More
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Mark A. Wortman

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Kansas City family law attorney Mark A. Wortman handles only divorce and family law matters, and practices only in the State of Missouri. Due to this specialty, Mark Wortman has handled thousands of Missouri divorce and family cases and has practiced… Read More