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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
Categories: Blogs, Divorce
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Legal Challenges a Blended Family May Face During Divorce

Blended families have become more and more common in the past few decades. Families always come with challenges, but a family composed of stepparents and stepsiblings can present a distinct set of challenges. Similar challenges are likely to arise if… Read More
Categories: Blogs, Divorce
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How to Financially Prepare for Divorce

Divorce can create chaos in nearly every aspect of your life. When preparing to get a divorce, it can be easy to overlook some of the ways the divorce is likely to affect you. Our society often talks about how to prepare for divorce emotionally, but… Read More
Categories: Divorce
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8 Common Reasons for Divorce

Every divorce case in Missouri brings a unique set of issues, circumstances, and personalities. Divorce often involves strongly negative emotions, including anger, sadness, loneliness, and even grief. Some people going through a divorce may finally f… Read More
Categories: Divorce
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Why You Shouldn’t Divorce Without a Lawyer

One of the first questions to come up for most people when they are thinking about filing for divorce in Missouri is whether they need a divorce lawyer. Even if you and your spouse agree on everything, and you have a truly uncontested divorce, it is… Read More
Categories: Divorce
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Reasons to Include Fault in Your Missouri Divorce Case

In order to obtain a divorce in Missouri, it is not necessary to prove that either spouse is at fault for the breakup of the marriage. “Fault” can refer to misconduct by a spouse, such as adultery or abandonment, separation for an extended period… Read More
Categories: Divorce
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What You Should Know About a Name Change After Divorce

No one is required to change their name when they get married. For those who choose to change their name, nothing obligates them to change it back if they get divorced. Many people wish to do so, however, so Missouri’s family laws allow them to inc… Read More
Categories: Divorce
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How to File for Divorce in Missouri

A divorce in Missouri, commonly known in legal terms as a “dissolution of marriage,” requires filing a petition in court and getting a final judgment. If both spouses agree on how to resolve the issues presented by the divorce, including division… 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

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