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courthouse.jpgChoosing the right attorney to help assist and guide you through the divorce process is critical. But, what do you need to know when you first meet an attorney to help you make the correct choice? In this two-part blog we examine 5 factors that are critical in this process.
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domestic violence.jpgIn 2012, alone, there were 41,494 reported incidents of domestic violence in Missouri according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. In today’s blog we examine the use of an Adult Order of Protection as a tool against the perpetuation of domestic violence.
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playing.jpgIn our previous blog we discussed the difference between sole legal custody and joint legal custody and the importance of having a well drafted parenting plan. In today’s blog we discuss those factors that will be considered by your family court Judge in determining legal custody in a contested custody case.
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father son.jpgIn Missouri the general concepts involved in an award of sole legal custody or joint legal custody can be simply explained. However, prior to accepting a specific legal custody arrangement, Missouri parents should be aware that the specific language contained in their court order regarding legal custody can have a significant impact on both their interactions with their child’s other parent and with those involved in their child’s medical care, education and extracurricular activities.
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trust.jpgThe answer to a broad question such as this obviously depends on the type of assets a client possesses and what his objectives are. But, the place to start evaluating the answer is to begin with an understanding of why a revocable living trust can benefit a client and his family relative to other non-probate transfer tools.
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worried spouse.jpgOften clients get confused with the concept of misconduct and what impact it may have in the outcome of their Missouri divorce. Some of this confusion may be due to the accepted legal principle of Missouri as a no-fault divorce state. However, this is a separate and distinct concept from marital misconduct. Misconduct during the marriage can impact the financial outcome of your divorce.
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fighting parents.jpgIn 2013 we covered many issues relating to child custody in our blogs including those specific factors your judge must consider when entering an order of child custody. In today’s blog we will discuss both practical and specific information every party in a child custody case in Missouri should know.
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frustrated man.jpgIn Part I of our blog on The Missouri Division of Child Support Enforcement (Division) we discussed their role in establishing orders of paternity and child support and the importance of legal representation in this process. In Part II we discuss the tools that the Division uses to enforce support orders and the how these efforts can often be effective but at other times potentially counterproductive when the Division is ineffective for the receiving parent, incorrect in their information or overzealous in their punitive efforts.
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Missouri seal1.jpgThe Missouri Division of Child Support Enforcement (Division) is a state government agency that is part of the Missouri Department Of Social Services working in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Family Services whose objectives include the establishment and enforcement of child support orders. Despite this clear mission, as defined in our Missouri statutes, many parents and Missouri family law attorneys spend a great deal of time involved in legal wrestling matches over the decisions this agency makes and the manner in which they make them.
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happyfamily.jpgAt your death, is it your intention to pass on a significant portion of your worldly assets to lawyers, personal representatives and other unknown entities through court supervised administration? Without simple planning that is what will happen.
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