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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’s righ… 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 proper find… 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 trying t… Read More

Tips for Newly Single Parents

The Following practical tips are offered by New York Times/ author Jennifer Wolf on how to get through your first year as a single parent. Develop a Support Network This is absolutely crucial. You need to know who you can depend on right now… Read More

Communicating effectively with your child through divorce

The following are some tips for communicating with with your child during and after divorce. Thanks to the folks at for this great information Remember to be as open as possible, which will reinforce and even enhance your trust for… Read More

Telling Your Child About Divorce

Divorce is stressful for parents and children alike. Although children’s emotional reactions usually depend on their age at the time of the divorce, many children experience feelings of sadness, anger, and anxiety – and it’s not unc… Read More

Giving Depositions in your family law case: An Overview and some tips

In its simplest form, a deposition is the giving of oral testimony under oath before trial. Depositions are conducted in front of a court reporter and will assist your attorney in the preparation for trial. The use of oral depositions is a standard p… 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