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Child support paid by third party does not equal child neglect; Proposed Judgments prepared by counsel should not be signed verbatim.

The Constitution protects the fundamental right of a parent to custody of their child even though child’s best interests are the goal of statutes governing adoption.  An action for adoption without parental consent terminates, without a separate a… Read More

Child’s refusal to visit other parent no excuse to violate custody order; Parent held in Contempt

Recent Missouri Case:     Parent responsible for violating the court order when child refuses to visit the other parent as required in the court ordered parenting plan Appellant D.R.P. (“Mother”) appeals the judgment of the Circuit Co… Read More

60 day Notice required for relocation, not Motion to Modify

Case Law Update:  Motion to Modify is not required to relocate, but 60 day notice must be given to the non-moving parent, who then may file an objection. Under Missouri law the address designated as the minor child’s primary residence for educatio… Read More

Enforcement of Missouri Divorce Decrees: Contempt of Court Proceedings.

When a Missouri divorce is concluded, and the Judgment Decree is signed by the judge, regardless of whether the case was settled or tried by the court, the parties are expected to follow the order.  While most people do, there are always those who c… Read More

Trial court must identify all property as marital or non-marital in Missouri divorce proceeding; specific values not required

Recent Ruling: MP v. DLP Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District – WD75647 Husband appeals from the trial court’s judgment and decree of dissolution of marriage with respect to its division of property. Husband claims that the trial… Read More

Missouri Divorce FAQ: What is an Uncontested Divorce in Missouri?

An uncontested divorce in Missouri is a divorce where both the Husband and the Wife are in complete agreement with all terms of the divorce before the case is filed.  In almost all cases, if the case can be resolved as an uncontested matter, the… Read More

Missouri Divorce FAQ Series: How long will does a divorce case take from beginning to end

The duration of a divorce in Missouri varies from case to case.  Factors that determine length include how contested the case is, the cooperation of the parties, whether or not there are two attorneys involved, the complexity of the issues, whet… Read More

Court must consider division of marital property before ordering spousal maintenance (alimony); Factors that determine amount of spousal support.

In a recent ruling from the Court of Appeals, Husband appealed the trial Court’s decision granting maintenance to the Wife, claiming, among other things, that the Court did not consider the Wife’s award of marital property, and the abil… Read More

Debts ordered to be paid in Divorce Decree are not dischargeable in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Since 2005, the Bankruptcy law has been relatively clear that nearly any obligation resulting from a dissolution of marriage proceeding is not dischargeable in bankruptcy, whether that is in the nature of a domestic support obligation (11 USC 523(a)(… Read More

Electronic Domestic Case Filing Begins in March in Jackson County

News Release from the Jackson County Circuit Court: Starting in March, there will be no more mad dashes to the courthouse by attorneys to file papers at the last minute. The Circuit Court in Jackson County will begin paperless electronic filing which… 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