Missouri Divorce & Family Law Blog

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Determining Child Custody in Divorce Cases Involving Domestic Violence

Many people who have experienced domestic violence in their marriages fear that they will lose custody of their children to the abusive spouse. Although Missouri courts favor joint custody whenever possible, an exception may sometimes be made in case… Read More
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Missouri Court Holds Joint Custody Award Not Appropriate When Parties Cannot Effectively Co-Parent

Child custody arrangement is often one of the most contentious issues in any divorce case. No matter how challenging it might be, it’s essential for parents to put aside their differences in order to co-parent effectively. Unwillingness to do so co… Read More
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What Qualifies for an Annulment in Missouri?

Most people are familiar with divorce. However, an annulment is another way a marriage can legally be ended in Missouri. Unlike when a marriage is dissolved through the divorce process, an annulment makes it as if the marriage never existed. However,… Read More
Categories: Annulment
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Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem Not Required to Advance a Spouse’s Litigation Tactics

A guardian ad litem can serve a crucial role during the divorce process. While appointment is required in any case involving child abuse or neglect allegations, the court has the discretion to assign a guardian ad litem in cases where custody, visita… Read More
Categories: Divorce
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10 Tips for a Financial Fresh Start After Divorce

Ending a marriage can result in many changes to your life, especially when it comes to your finances. While you’re going through the divorce process, it’s important to develop a comprehensive financial plan for your post-divorce life. By taking a… Read More
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How to Handle the Holidays After Divorce

The first holiday season after a divorce can be the hardest, especially if you and your ex-spouse share children. Divorced parents might have to navigate family changes, handle overwhelming emotions, and deal with a considerable amount of stress. Eve… Read More
Categories: Divorce
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Valuing the Assets and Debts of an Inherited Family Business in a Missouri Divorce

When two people get divorced in Missouri, they must divide many or most of their assets and debts. If either spouse owns a business, that is an asset that might be subject to division. The entire business could be a marital asset, or the divorce migh… Read More
Categories: Divorce
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At what age can a child refuse visitation in Missouri?

Children who are subject to a child custody order typically have a schedule for visitation, also known as “parenting time,” with each parent. They may reside primarily with one parent, known as the “custodial parent,” and see the “non-custo… Read More
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Getting a Divorce When You Have a Special Needs Child

Divorce is a difficult process under the best of circumstances. You must deal with a wide range of emotions in addition to all of the legal and practical issues. If you have children, you must help them through a confusing and painful time. A divorce… Read More
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Can I Travel Internationally With My Child Under a Missouri Custody Order?

Parents often travel with children for a variety of purposes, such as visiting family or going on vacation. It is easy to take the ability to travel with one’s own children for granted, but when a child is subject to a Missouri child custody order,… Read More