Those seeking a family law attorney are often going through a difficult time in their lives. As a mother and divorcee, Kelli understands the stress and anxiety that comes along with the end of a marriage or custody dispute.
When hiring an attorney to represent you in a family law matter, whether that be a Divorce, Child Custody Dispute, or Adoption, it is important to select a skilled attorney who will fight for the outcome you deserve. We will provide you with effective and cost efficient representation.
We offer reasonable fees.
We offer skilled representation in Divorce, Child Custody, Adoption, Legal Separation, and Paternity matters. We can help you obtain a fair judgment regarding Child Support and Child Visitation. We can protect your hard earned money and assets, help you secure a fair child support order, and ensure your right to access to your children is protected.
Divorce in Missouri starts with filing a petition to end the marriage. In the petition, the wife or husband informs the court that they wish to end the marriage. They also inform the court what they want the desired outcome to be. We will help you to explain to the court why your marriage should be ended and how the disputes between you and your spouse should be settled.
The petition will include the request for how the marital property should be divided. It should all also include a request for how the petitioner wishes to resolve custody matters, if the husband and wife had children. We will ensure that the petition is drafted to clearly state how you wish your hard earned property to be divided. We will also clearly inform the court how and why custody should be structured the way you believe is in the best interest of your children.
If you have been served with a petition for divorce, you must file a response with the court, in writing, no less than 30 days from the day you are served with the petition. Failing to file this answer to the petition can result in losing your property and even custody of your children. If you have been served with a petition, we will ensure that your answer is filed with the court within the limited time and that your answer clearly states how you want your property to be divided and/or the custody of you children to be awarded.
In some marriages, the parties agree regarding all issues and they can file for divorce “uncontested.” This means that the parties agree on all terms. This agreement includes issues of property and child custody. If you are divorcing and you and your spouse agree on all issues regarding your property and children, we will draft the papers necessary to start and finalize your divorce. Agreeing on all terms means that your divorce will settle more quickly than an uncontested divorce and will cost you less money to complete.
In most marriages, there are disagreements about how money, work benefits, and debts should be divided. There are also commonly disagreements with regard to how custody should be awarded. The courts will always attempt to divide property in a “fair” manner if the parties disagree. This does not always mean an “equal” manner. The court will consider the financial resources of each party, the wealth of the parties before they entered the marriage, and other factors. It is very important to select an attorney that will urge the court to understand that how you wish your property to be divided is the most fair and just resolution to your marriage. If you and your spouse cannot agree on how to divided money, property, and debt we will fight for your position on how those issues should be resolved.
The court will consider child custody in light of the best interest of the child. The court will considered certain factors laid out in Missouri law. Including:
There are five types of custody arrangements in Missouri. They include:
Child support is determined through a standard calculation in Missouri. However, every case is unique and the court may allow the parties to deviate from the standard calculation or award an amount more or less than the standard calculation. We will assess your financial situation and conduct calculations to determine what amount of child support is suggested by Missouri statute. We will also help you assess if a deviation from the guidelines would be appropriate in your matter.
We can also help with the following issues:
The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements.