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Overview of Missouri’s relocation rules

Like many other states, Missouri has specific rules that cover situations in which a parent in the Kansas City area needs to move. The purpose of these rules is to make sure that, on the one hand, parents who need to make a move for good reasons have the ability to do so without having to worry about losing a relationship with their kids and, on the other hand, the other parent gets to maintain his or her relationship with the children as well, at least to the fullest extent possible. While this post is meant to serve only as an [...]

2019-03-15T16:26:32+00:00August 10th, 2018|Categories: Child Custody|

Who decides who gets custody of the children after divorce?

Missouri parents know that divorce can be extremely difficult on the youngest members of the family. As a parent facing the divorce process, it is likely that one of your main concerns is the protection of your children and allowing them to have a strong and stable future. It can be helpful to understand how child custody works and who makes these important decisions. Parents have the right to maintain a strong relationship with their children after divorce. It is important for you to pursue a final order that respects your rights as a parent while allowing your kids [...]

2019-03-15T16:26:01+00:00August 10th, 2018|Categories: Child Custody|

When might child support end in Missouri?

While Missouri parents will want to pay child support to care for their children after they have parted ways with the other parent, it is still a significant financial outlay that can cause them to struggle to make ends meet. There is nothing wrong with asking when the child support will no longer need to be paid. On the other side, the custodial parent will also want to know the circumstances under which child support might terminate so they can be prepared for it. Knowing when child support can be terminatedis critical for all parties. According to the law, the [...]

2019-03-15T16:25:05+00:00July 27th, 2018|Categories: Family Law|

What are the requirements for a divorce in Missouri?

It is an unfortunate reality that many marriages in Missouri and across the U.S. simply do not work out and the couple decides to divorce. The end of a marriage can be a difficult time rife with dispute over various issues, but it can also be a positive if the parties are able to move on. What is key to a successful divorce proceeding is understanding the requirements to complete the process. Couples in Missouri must meet the residency requirement by living in the state for a minimum of 90 days. Missouri is a "no-fault" divorce state. That means that neither [...]

2019-03-15T16:23:50+00:00July 11th, 2018|Categories: Divorce|

What if there is a failure to pay child support in Missouri?

When parents share a child in our state and have parted ways as a couple, one of the issues that must be addressed is child support. In most cases, the custodial parent and the supporting parent will want to ensure adequately care for the child. This is true even if there are lingering issues between the two of them. Unfortunately, in some cases, there is a dispute between the parents and the supporting parent does not pay what is owed on time, in full, or does not make the payments at all. When this is the case, it is [...]

2019-03-15T16:23:20+00:00June 28th, 2018|Categories: Family Law|

Navigating Missouri child custody issues requires legal help

Parents in Kansas City and throughout our state will always want to place their children and their well-being first. This is especially important when the couple ends a marriage and must determine child custody and visitation. Unfortunately, this is also the most contentious matter in a divorce. Therefore, it is important to have competent and experienced legal advice. Some cases are relatively amicable. In these instances, despite the issues that led to the parents parting ways, they can communicate in a friendly and agreeable manner to serve the best interests of the child. On the other extreme though, couples [...]

2019-03-15T16:22:47+00:00June 13th, 2018|Categories: Child Custody|

Can visitation plans be expanded to include grandparents?

When a Missouri couple ends a marriage and there are children involved, it is not simple to determine the visitation plans. Often, this is limited to parenting time, but there are others, such as grandparents who believe they should have the right to see the child. This can be the foundation for a dispute. Understanding the law regarding grandparent visitation is key when there are issues preventing it. Reasonable visitation can be given to grandparents in four circumstances. First, if the parents have decided to dissolve the marriage, the grandparents can intervene in the action only because of visitation issues. They [...]

2019-03-15T16:20:59+00:00May 30th, 2018|Categories: Divorce|

What factors are considered with property division in Missouri?

When a Missouri couple decides to move forward with the end of a marriage, property division is frequently one of the most contentious issues that they must face. As rife for dispute the disposition of property is and how it is decided who will get what, there are laws as to how property and debts are handled in a divorce. Understanding what factors will be considered is a foundational aspect of dealing with the case. When the couple is divorcing, the court will determine what is marital property and what is non-marital property. The same holds true for debts. [...]

2019-03-15T16:20:20+00:00May 17th, 2018|Categories: Property Division|

What are the two types of child custody?

Going through a divorce and witnessing the impact that event may have on the lives of one's children can be difficult for a Missouri parent to bear. It is often during negotiations related to the futures of their children that parents zealously fight for what they think with provide their kids with the best possible lives in the wake of divorce. Child custody is one of the biggest topics that a parent will have to address when their marriage comes to its end. Child custody can be divided into two main categories: legal custody and physical custody. A parent who [...]

2019-03-05T15:19:08+00:00May 4th, 2018|Categories: Child Custody|

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|
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