Legal Updates

Missouri Child Custody: Part 3 – Interference with Child Custody

This is part 3 of our series on Missouri child custody this week. In case you missed it, be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 for more information on child custody in Missouri.

Under Missouri law once the issue of child custody is decided by a court both parents must abide by the terms of the order unless both parents agree to not follow the order.  If one parent ...

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Missouri Child Custody: Part II – Physical Custody

This is part 2 of our child custody series this week. In case you missed Part 1, you can read about Missouri Child Custody Part 1: Legal Custody here.

Under Missouri law when the issue of child custody is decided by a court the specific issues of legal custody and physical custody will be addressed.  Legal custody deals with the issue of which parent will be in charge of the decision making for the child and ...

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Missouri Child Custody: Part I – Legal Custody

This week, we will be featuring a series of 3 articles on the topic of child custody. Make sure you come back to the site to read all 3 parts!

Under Missouri law when the issue of child custody is decided by a court the specific issues of legal custody and physical custody will be addressed.  Legal custody deals with the issue of which parent will be in charge of the decision making for the child.  The issue of physical custody ...

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The Attorney/Client Relationship: Never Lie to Your Attorney

Never Lie to Your Attorney

Lawyers have to follow many rules when dealing with their clients, but there is probably on one real rule a client should follow when dealing with their attorney:  Always Tell the Truth.

A lawyer cannot adequately represent you if he does not have all of the information.  I cannot begin to count the number of times in my legal practice that I ...

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An Overview of the Law Relating to Prenuptial Agreements in Missouri

 An Overview of the Law Relating to Prenuptial Agreements in MissouriPrenuptial agreements are generally favored and enforceable under Missouri law.  To be enforceable, a prenup must be fair and reasonable and based upon full disclosure of all relevant facts.  The parties must both fully understand what they are agreeing to and both parties must be acting in good faith.
Prenuptial agreements must be entered into before the marriage.  Post-nuptial ...

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Missouri Family Law: What Can You do if Your Ex-Spouse is Not Paying Child Support or Allowing Visitation?

In Missouri, if a court enters an order for child custody or child support and one of the parties willfully fails to meet their obligations under the order, the other party may file a Motion for Contempt.  Under Missouri law a court may enter “appropriate orders” to address a party’s failure or refusal to comply with the court’s orders.

A court may use contempt powers to enforce its orders in cases dealing with Child Support, Child Custody and maintenance (alimony).

To get ...

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Reasonable Doubt and Why the Casey Anthony Jury was Right

 Reasonable Doubt and Why the Casey Anthony Jury was RightPeople are screaming all over the country.  They are angry and upset that the jury in the Casey Anthony murder case made the wrong decision and that there was no justice.  There is an old saying in American criminal law ‘It is better to set a thousand guilty men free than to convict just one innocent man’.  This expression could ...

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Child Support In Missouri: Do You Know the Law?

 Child Support In Missouri: Do You Know the Law?In Missouri, a Court may order child support to be paid by one parent to another in divorce cases, legal separation cases, child custody cases and child support cases.  (Under certain circumstances, a court may also order temporary support in an Order of Protection case.

Depending on the specific facts of the case, a court may order either or both parents to ...

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Divorce and Legal Separation in Missouri, What Does it Mean?

Divorce and Legal Separation in Missouri, What Does it Mean?Missouri is a no-fault state. It is not necessary to show that either one of the parties was at fault. The statutory basis for a divorce in Missouri is that there is no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved and, therefore, the marriage is irretrievably broken.

Since Missouri is a no-fault divorce state, one does not have to prove that ...

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Filing For Divorce: What is an Uncontested Divorce & Is it an Option?

In the simplest terms, an uncontested divorce means that both parties agree that the marriage is and should be ended.   In many states, a finding a fault is required in order for a court to enter an order dissolving a marriage.  Missouri is a no-fault state.

Missouri law requires no finding of fault.  Once all of the jurisdictional requirements are met, a Missouri court will enter an order dissolving a marriage if the court finds the marriage is irretrievably broken and ...

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