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How to Find the Best Divorce Lawyer for YOU

Divorce is never a pleasant process, but it does not always have to be war. Once the decision has been made—by you, by your spouse, or by both of you—to file for divorce, you must consider how you want to proceed. This includes deciding whether t… Read More
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Which Parent Can Claim the Children on their Taxes After a Divorce in Missouri?

Divorce is a difficult, often messy process that requires many tough decisions. Who will get which assets? Who will be responsible for which debts? Where will the children live, and how often will they see the other parent? The list of questions goes… Read More

In Missouri, party waives right to appeal when a Judgment is entered by consent/agreement

Party waives right to appeal when a Judgment is entered by consent/agreement. Recent case from the Missouri Court of Appeals:  Parties cannot appeal a Judgment that was entered by Stipulation (agreement). Father and Mother entered into a stip… Read More

Custody alternating year to year approved

Recent case:  Uncommon alternating year parenting schedule approved for military family Mother appeals the judgment of the circuit court granting the motion of Father, which modified the schedule of physical custody (parenting time) and which modifi… Read More

Petition for third party custody sufficient

Missouri statute allows custody in persons not biologically related to a child but having a familial bond. The Petitioner for third party custody must rebut a presumption of parental fitness or prove that the child’s welfare requires custody in pet… Read More

Spousal support awarded in 6.5 year marriage

Recent case from the Court of Appeals: Husband appeals from the trial court’s judgment, dissolving his marriage Wife, dividing the parties’ marital property, and ordering him to pay maintenance. On appeal, Husband asserts that the trial court err… Read More

Missouri Supreme Court Case: Dissolution of marriage involving non-biological child should be adjudicated with a separate paternity action

Recent Decision from the Missouri Supreme Court: Overview: A mother appeals a circuit court’s judgment awarding third-party custody of a child to her stepfather in the mother and stepfather’s proceeding to dissolve their marriage. In a decision w… Read More

Child Support Overnight Credit Denied if Recipient's Income is Below Threshhold

Recent Case-Missouri Court of Appeals:  Father appeals denial of overnight credit in child support case. In a judicial action for child support where the non-custodial parent has overnight parenting time with the child(ren), he or she is entitled to… Read More

Increase in Income Ends Maintenance but Strict Compliance With Statute Required

Recent Case from the Missouri Court of Appeals Wife appeals the modification court’s judgment granting, in part, Husband’s motion to modify his maintenance obligation. The purpose of maintenance is to meet the reasonable expenses of a depende… Read More

Spousal Maintenance (f/k/a alimony) reduced based on medical disability

Recent Missouri case:  On a motion to modify (reduce) maintenance, evidence of a substantial and continuing change included “detailed evidence” of Movant Husband’s stroke-induced disability and reduced income, and no evidence of an increase in… 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