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February 2015 Archives

Missouri Supreme Court intervenes in same-sex divorce issue

19136293_S.jpgThe matter of same-sex marriage in Missouri has been growing in significance since last summer, when we covered a matter involving the attempt by two women who were married in another state attempting to divorce in Missouri, which does not recognize same-sex marriage. Now the state Supreme Court has entered into the controversy, but rather than jumping in it has dipped its toes in the water.

What can I do if my ex-spouse wants to relocate with our child?

21550803_S.jpgIt is an expected, even desired outcome that couples with children who have gone through a divorce should be able to move on with their lives. Part of moving on after a divorce can involve the desire of a custodial parent to relocate and to retain custody; this can take place for different reasons, such as remarriage, or new employment.

High asset divorces are high stakes matters

Thumbnail image for 29323304_S.jpgMaterial success, measured in terms of cash, property and other assets, can in some ways be a drawback when it comes to a marriage that ends in divorce. High-asset divorces are often the source of salacious stories involving short-term celebrity marriages, but for many people a divorce with considerable asset division implications comes after the couple has been together for many years.

Missouri offers many avenues to recover delinquent child support

Thumbnail image for 19664669_S.jpgWhen child support is ordered in a court proceeding, the court's determination of the amount and terms of the support to be paid are based upon the court's opinion of what is in the best interest of the child. So the failure of a parent to pay the ordered support becomes not just a problem for the child and the other parent but also for state authorities charged with the enforcement of child support orders.

How can an unmarried father protect his rights in an adoption?

unmarried.jpgThe adoption process in Missouri offers the opportunity for single individuals or couples to become the legal parents of a child. Once the adoption process is completed and finalized through the courts, the adoptive parents take on the same legal duties and acquire all legal rights generally afforded to the birth parents.

Enforcing child custody orders from another state in Missouri

Thumbnail image for Enforcing.jpgAfter a Missouri court grants legal custody to a parent or joint custody to both parents in a divorce, separation, or child custody proceeding, disputes might later arise between the parents. When this happens, the court that granted the original order is usually the one that retains jurisdiction over the matter.

Billionaire oil company couple going through high asset divorce

money.jpgWhether you live in Missouri or elsewhere, divorce is a difficult time from an emotional standpoint let alone the financial complications that ensue when money is involved. This is particularly true in a high asset divorce. Any property interests, including real estate, as well as pensions and business assets should be taken into account when deciding what each party will receive in the outcome.

What's an annulment and is it right for you?

question.jpgWhen a couple is considering ending their marriage, divorce is generally the default method. However, Missouri law also has a procedure called an annulment, whereby the marriage can be invalidated. In a divorce, the marriage simply comes to an end. In an annulment, it is as if the marriage never took place. An annulment, therefore, has different requirements than a divorce. In order for a couple to annul a marriage, there must one of the following:

What determines the best interests of the child in custody cases?

child.jpgThe child custody statute in Missouri makes it clear that public policy favors a continuation of the relationship between a child and both parents following dissolution of the marriage or a legal separation, because to do so is in the best interests of the child.

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