Family Law

Legal Guardianship in Missouri

An Overview of Legal Guardianship in Missouri

by admin • April 28, 2022

Do you have a nephew or a granddaughter whose parents are no longer able to take care of them? Oftentimes the parents of the child might be unable or unwilling to take care of their child. In such situations a guardianship option is provided by the law to ensure that the minor child is looked […]


Child Custody and Divorce: What you should know.

Child Custody and Divorce: What You Should Know

by admin • April 27, 2022

Child custody is an issue on the minds of millions of Americans, across the country. There are currently 750,000 divorces in the US, every year! Missouri has not been excluded from this divorce epidemic, ranking 31 in a 2019 list of states with the highest divorce rates. What is even more surprising is that divorce […]


Are Objections to Relocation Effective?

by admin • March 30, 2022

For the past couple of years, a combination of factors has worked to make our society increasingly mobile, including lingering concerns about the pandemic, a desire to escape higher living costs, and the availability of more remote working opportunities. In the first few months of 2021 alone, more than one in 10 Americans relocated, either […]


Top 5 Things to Know When Considering Divorce

Top 5 Things to Know When Considering Divorce

by admin • March 30, 2022

The decision to end a marriage is highly personal and never made easily. But if you have concluded that divorce is the only option, here are five important things to consider as you navigate Missouri’s process for “dissolution of marriage,” the state’s legal term for divorce. 1) Where Do I File for Divorce? To file […]


Are Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements Effective?

by admin • March 1, 2022

You and your fiancé have discussed it and decided that to protect both your interests when you get married, you will draft a pre-nuptial agreement. Although it may not be as fun or as romantic as shopping for wedding dresses or writing your wedding vows, a prenup is still an integral part of planning your […]


How to Legally Change Your Name and Avoid Complications After You Do

by admin • March 1, 2022

Changing your name legally is a straightforward process that will probably be approved by the court, if you follow the procedures and understand what is allowed and what isn’t. However, the change itself is just the beginning of a process. You will need to notify a number of governmental and non-governmental entities to ensure you […]


Same-sex divorce: An overview

by admin • January 24, 2022

When the U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal everywhere in 2015, same-sex divorce was already a fact of life in most of the country. But, almost seven years later, divorcing for LGBTQ+ couples continues to be a complicated endeavor. Many of the difficult issues stem from the fact that many of the relationships began […]


What You Need to Know About Grandparents’ Rights

by admin • January 24, 2022

The bond between a grandparent and a child can be strong, particularly if the grandparent has been a primary caregiver. But that connection does not necessarily bestow any legal rights for visitation should family situations change. It is important to realize that laws regarding visitation vary from state to state, and courts have wide leeway […]


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A Major Step: How To Adopt Your Stepchild

by Mat Camp • December 29, 2021

For blended families, adoption of a stepchild can be a wonderful way to strengthen the bonds between stepparent and stepchild, while adding legal certainty concerning major life events like medical care, schooling, or the death of the natural parent. If you are considering adopting a stepchild, know that the law makes such adoptions easier than […]


Annulment

Is An Annulment Right For You?

by Mat Camp • December 29, 2021

If you are considering pursuing the civil annulment of your marriage, the first thing you should understand is that they are relatively rare and for good reason: Annulments are only obtainable under specific conditions that must be affirmed by a court. But, if those conditions are met, annulments offer some advantages to traditional divorce. So, […]