Factors that are considered before a spousal maintenance award

Not every divorce will result in a Missouri court awarding spousal maintenance. Spousal maintenance is also called alimony or spousal support and is the payment of money from one ex-partner to the other for after their divorce is finalized. This post will examine some of the important factors that courts can use to decide if spousal maintenance is appropriate. First, a court will look at whether a person asking for spousal maintenance is able to take care of themselves based on the property and income. If a person has not worked outside of the home because they have focused their attention [...]

2019-03-15T16:19:19+00:00April 18th, 2018|Categories: Spousal Maintenance|

Can a prenuptial agreement really benefit you?

As you are planning to get married, it can be beneficial to think about your plans beyond just the day of the wedding. It is prudent to consider financial roles, responsibilities and even what will happen in case of eventual divorce. One of the ways you can do this is to draft a prenuptial agreement. Some Missouri couples fail to draft a prenuptial agreement, even if they think it could be beneficial because it seems to be planning for the marriage to fail at some point. In reality, it is not planning to divorce in the future, but instead, it [...]

2019-03-15T16:17:44+00:00April 18th, 2018|Categories: Divorce|

Is relocation in the best interests of your child?

Family courts in Missouri make child custody decisions based on what is best for the child. In many cases, parents present these decisions to the court after working it out beforehand, and often, parents share child custody as evenly as possible. More studies support the idea that shared parenting is an important part of a child's ability to thrive as an adult. You and your spouse likely considered these factors when you arrived at your custody agreement. However, situations change, and you may be facing the choice of whether to relocate with your children. You may feel it is your [...]

2019-03-15T16:15:27+00:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: Child Custody|

The role of fault in a Missouri divorce

There are a multitude of reasons that the parties to a married couple may choose to end their union. They may find that over time they have grown apart, or the end of the union may be sudden realization based on the conduct of one or both of the parties. In Missouri, individuals do not have to plead fault to bring their marriages to their ends, but fault can play a role in a divorce if the legal matter is contested. A no fault divorce is one in which blame for the end of the relationship is not assigned [...]

2019-03-15T16:12:56+00:00April 6th, 2018|Categories: Divorce|