Family Law and Divorce Options
Finding a family law or divorce attorney can be difficult. I care about being straight with you and taking a problem-solving approach to stand up for your interests.Take a look at the questions below to better understand my background and the services I can help you with.
There are several options I can offer our clients, including the traditional divorce, mediation services and collaborative practice:
Here, each party is represented by its own attorney who attempts to resolve their differences. If both parties cannot settle, the issues will be decided by a judge or commissioner.
No. Because of the conflict of interest between divorcing spouses (even those that maintain a cordial relationship), a lawyer cannot represent both parties. If you are asking this question, you may want to consider Divorce Mediation. If you and your spouse have already reached agreement on all aspects of your divorce, I recommend that one party retain an attorney to draft the settlement papers and other documents. The other spouse, at his or her option, can retain an attorney simply to review the agreement.
Generally, a divorce can take as little as 31 days or as long as 1 year, depending upon how complicated and contentious the case is.
Yes. Although an uncooperative spouse can make the divorce process longer and more expensive for you, he or she generally cannot prevent a divorce.
In most cases, child support is calculated according to the Missouri Child Support Guidelines. These Guidelines may not apply if both parents share custody for equal amounts of time(50-50) and have equal or relatively equal income.