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Child Visitation and Pare…

Child Visitation and Parenting Plans in Missouri During the Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has changed almost everything about life in Missouri over the past few months. While businesses and the government are gradually reopening, people must still be careful. This includes both avoiding exposure from other people… Read More
Filing for Divorce in Kan…

Filing for Divorce in Kansas City in the Time of Coronavirus

These are uncertain times. We have all heard that phrase, or something like it, countless times in the past few months. Life has gone on amid uncertainty, fear, and contagion. Those who have been able to work from home have done so, and those with … Read More
What Happens to a Coronav…

What Happens to a Coronavirus Stimulus Check that Arrives During a Divorce?

The global coronavirus pandemic is a truly unprecedented event in modern history. It has caused extensive upheavals across Missouri, the United States, and the world. Much of our society has slowed to almost a halt as people practice “social distan… Read More
Modification of Spousal M…

Modification of Spousal Maintenance After a Divorce in Missouri

In a Missouri divorce, a court may award spousal maintenance — formerly known as alimony — to one of the spouses when they would otherwise be unable to support themselves with their own income or other resources. Courts can order the payment of m… Read More
Taxation of Spousal Maint…

Taxation of Spousal Maintenance Payments in Missouri

Under Missouri’s family laws, courts can order a party to a divorce to pay two different kinds of support to their soon-to-be-ex-spouse. If the parties have one or more minor children, the court will usually order a parent to pay child support to t… Read More
Division of Retirement Be…

Division of Retirement Benefits in Missouri Divorces

A Missouri divorce case often involves multiple complicated issues that the parties or the court must resolve. This includes questions about child custody and child support, as well as division of marital property. Some assets are easier to divide an… Read More
Missouri Court of Appeals…

Missouri Court of Appeals Rules on Disputed Division of Military Benefits After Divorce

In a Missouri divorce case, a judge must dispose of all issues between the spouses before signing a final order. This includes child custody and child support, as well as division of marital property. Courts encourage parties in any kind of litigatio… Read More
Missouri Court Awards Sol…

Missouri Court Awards Sole Custody to Man Who Believed He Was the Child's Father and Fulfilled that Role

A parent-child relationship, defined at the most basic level, is the relationship between a person and one of the people who contributed directly to their birth. There is far more to parenting than biology, though, and Missouri family law recognizes… Read More
Missouri Courts Cannot Us…

Missouri Courts Cannot Use Child Custody as a Reward or Punishment for Parents

Even when parents in a Missouri divorce are able to agree on a custody plan, a family court judge must confirm that it is in “the best interests of the child” and meets all other requirements of state law. Once a judge signs a custody decree, sta… Read More
What Happens When One Par…

What Happens When One Parent in a Missouri Child Custody Dispute Intentionally Interferes with the Other Parent’s Visitation Rights?

In any Missouri divorce involving children, or any other dispute over child custody or visitation, decisions by the courts of this state must be in the “best interest of the children.” This is an intentionally ambiguous term. Every case is unique… Read More

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 has handled thousands of Missouri divorce and family cases and has practiced extensi… Read More