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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
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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
What to Look for in Onlin…

What to Look for in Online Co-Parenting Tools

When parents get divorced, they might not live together anymore, and they might not be a couple, but they will continue to be parents to their children for many years to come. Their parenting plan must address issues like where the children will live… Read More
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How Missouri Courts Are Applying Recent Changes to Child Custody Law

Missouri law states that a child custody arrangement must be in “the best interests of the child.” It does not provide a specific definition of the term. Instead, it gives courts rather broad discretion when deciding custody issues, and provides… 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