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Domestic Partnership does not constitute marriage for termination of spousal support (aka alimony)

Recent case: Missouri law states that remarriage terminates spousal support unless expressly agreed or ordered otherwise. Domestic partnership does not qualify for this purpose. Ex-Husband appeals the circuit court’s judgment denying his motion to… Read More

Same Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional in Missouri; Same Sex Couples Marry in Kansas City and St. Louis

A federal judge in Kansas City ruled on Friday that Missouri’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution in a decision that would extend the right of gay couples to marry across Missouri. U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith found tha… Read More

When Does an Engagement Ring Have to Be Returned?

Long after the heartbreak has healed, one nagging question often remains: Who gets to keep the ring? The engagement is over. In addition to the sorrow, the heartbroken must deal with the return of the deposits left with the caterer, the florist, and… Read More
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Marriage Rights and Benefiits

Learn some of the legal and practical ways that getting married changes your life. Whether or not you favor marriage as a social institution, there’s no denying that it confers many rights, protections, and benefits — both legal and pract… Read More
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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