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Missouri Courts Bulletin: Substantial Change in Circumstances Not Required for Change in Parenting Time in Joint Custody Arrangement

Standard of proof for modification of joint physical custody. Kimberly Russell n/k/a Kimberly Bichsel, Respondent v. Mark Russell, Appellant, No. 87917 (Mo. banc, January 9, 2007), Wolff, C.J.   It is axiomatic that the modification of visi… Read More

Hearing over paternity of Anna Nicole Smith's infant daughter slated Friday

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The melodramatic legal fallout from Anna Nicole Smith’s death shifted Friday from where to bury the former Playboy Playmate to who gets custody of her baby, who could inherit millions. Attorneys for Larry Birk… Read More

Entering rehab can bolster Britney Spears' bid for custody of children, lawyers say

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears’ decision to check into rehab could help her in court as she to tries to retain custody of her two young children with estranged husband Kevin Federline, according to family law attorneys. That is, of cou… Read More

Kevin Federline to appear at Los Angeles courthouse for emergency hearing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As Britney Spears was checking out of rehab for the second time in a week on Wednesday, her estranged husband was making plans to go to court amid a custody dispute over their two children. Kevin Federline and his lawyer were… Read More

This Week in Missouri Family Law: More than one incident was at issue supporting termination of parental rights

Mother’s inability to discipline children appropriately, or protect them from Father’s abuse, supported a termination of her parental rights under provisions related to abuse, neglect, and failure to rectify. Her repeat conduct after pare… Read More

This Week in Missouri Family Law: Father's failure to rectify conditions that supported termination of rights

  Father’s continuing life of professional crime, romantic relationship with a 14-year-old, and uses of pornography supported Juvenile Court’s judgment that Father had failed to rectify conditions and that termination of Father’… Read More

This Week in Missouri Family Law: Court Must Set Visitation

Circuit Court did not err in denying Father’s unwritten motion for continuance that was unsupported by affidavit or Mother’s consent. Father did not show that Circuit Court failed to divide property according to judgment because he offere… Read More

Missouri Case Law Development: Presumed correct child support regarding daycare

Presumed correct support amount even if daycare paid separately. John Mitalovich, Appellant, v. Tammy Lee Toomey, Respondent, No. 87755 (Mo. App. E.D., November 21, 2006, Ahrens, P.J.   This summary is strictly for the purpose of noting the… Read More

Missouri Case Law Development: Parenting Plan Must Address School Holidays and Birthdays

Record supports Trial Court’s order for anger management, and order is sufficiently specific to enforce. Trial Court did not stop Father from participating during in-chambers interview, and Child’s statements in that procedure support cus… Read More

The Missing Spouse and How It affects your Divorce

I found the following post on the blog, and it caught my attention because I have many cases where missing spuose/parent is in issue.  The post appears below, with a few comments following. We hear from many spouses who are t… 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