Family Law


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 […]


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, […]

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How To Choose A Family Law Attorney

by Mat Camp • November 24, 2021

Family law is in many ways unlike many other areas of law. Like most areas of law, issues of right and wrong and of course asset-related concerns are part of family law. But the emotional aspects of family law and the often-times involvement of children in family law matters creates an emotional factor not often […]

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Get to know Denise Gabel: Marler Law Partners’ new Family Law Attorney

by Mat Camp • November 20, 2021

Denise Gabel sits down and answers questions about why she loves the work she’s doing, her food and entertainment recommendations, and gives us other fun facts about your favorite family law attorney. What made you want to pursue a career in law? It sounded like the best way to take the skills I have and […]


Wishing Our Clients a Wonderful Holiday Season and a 2022 Filled with Peace and Joy

by Mat Camp • November 17, 2021

Without a doubt, 2020 and 2021 have been tumultuous, tragic, and historic years. It is safe to say nearly everyone has been touched by the pandemic and/or the social, economic, and political shock waves associated with it. So we believe it is especially important for our firm to take a moment to thank each of […]

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School & Office Re-Openings Can Mean It’s Time To Consider A Custody Modification

by Mat Camp • September 30, 2021

As many schools re-open and offices and other businesses begin bringing employees back onsite, custody arrangements for divorced parents may need a second look. Fortunately, existing custody plans can be modified and re-established by family courts. However, successfully seeking a court-ordered modification to an existing plan that had worked for a period of time does […]

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What You Need To Know About Legal Separation In Missouri

by Mat Camp • July 29, 2021

While divorce in the U.S. was once rare and carried a negative stigma, it has become increasingly common. From 1960 to 1980 the U.S. divorce rate more than doubled, going from 9.2 divorces per 1,000 women to 22.6 per 1,000 women. This was likely due in part to cultural and societal changes in the U.S., […]

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Which Aspects Of A Divorce Affect Child Custody In Missouri?

by Mat Camp • June 3, 2021

Divorce is tragic, especially when children are involved. Their lives are upended, they often face undue stress, find themselves in the middle between parents who are at odds and deal with constant uncertainty. For many children, questions like “Where will I live?”, “Where will I go to school?”, “Will I get to see both of […]

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Circumstances Change & So Can Your Missouri Custody Plan

by Mat Camp • January 27, 2021

The pandemic has brought tragedy and economic upheaval to most of the world. The U.S. has seen nothing comparable in decades – seemingly overnight, the U.S. economy went from boom to bust. Record low unemployment of 3.8% in February reached 13.0% in May as 14.3 million Americans lost their jobs due to widespread shutdowns meant […]

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COVID-19 Custody Issues: School Quarantines For A Divorced Family

by admin • November 11, 2020

Now that many St. Louis area schools are returning back to in-person instruction (or a combination in-person and virtual education), there are many more concerns about school quarantine protocols. This Fall, many private and charter schools tested the waters for St. Louis City / County, and an early look at their results have raised a […]