Even the most amicable splits require the help of a skilled family law attorney. Family law outcomes can have lasting effects on your life, especially since they will dictate the living arrangement of your children, the quality of your life, and your financial state after a divorce. The Higher Level Legal Law Firm provides services in family law including divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, and asset division.
Missouri is a "no-fault" state which means that a divorce can be obtained simply because of irreconcilable differences rather than needing to prove other reasons to divorce such as adultery or abuse. A divorce can be "uncontested" which means that both partners are able to agree on issues such as child custody and property division. When spouses aren't able to agree, mediation or a trial may be necessary.
The top concern of most parents in a divorce is their children. Through the divorce process, the parties must come to an agreement on how to handle issues such as custody, visitations, and child support through a "Parenting Plan" or seek a determination from the court. As life circumstances change, the final Parenting Plan may need to be modified.
Spousal maintenance is known by a few different names including alimony and spousal support. It is a contractual agreement that person will pay a certain amount of money to assist their ex-spouse. The amount of spousal support might be determined by the two parties during the divorce or by an order from a judge. There are no specific guidelines to determine how much support should be awarded or how long an obligation should last.
Following a marriage, it is likely that spouses have accumulated marital property. If the parties involved do not have a premarital agreement in place, the courts will determine how this property is split using factors such as income and contributions to raising children. Missouri is an equitable distribution state which means that there is no one rule to determine how property will be divided.
At The Higher Level Legal Law Firm, our goal is to aid our clients in finding their way to healing and a more settled life. If you need experienced representation for any family legal issues in the Cass County area, call us today at 816-331-9968.