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What considerations go into a conservatorship?

Not all matters connected with Missouri family law have to do with separation and divorce. Sometimes the matter before the court has to do with how to take care of family members who in some way cannot take care of themselves. When this happens, the result can be the creation of a conservatorship.

My spouse wants a divorce, but I do not. What can I do?

19426905_S.jpgIf your spouse filed for divorce against your wishes, you still have options. Missouri is a no-fault divorce state. This means that a spouse does not have to prove some fault or misconduct on the part of the other spouse in order get a divorce. Rather, a court need only find that a marriage was irretrievably broken in order to grant a divorce. However, you can challenge whether the marriage is indeed over.  

How to get a marriage annulled

8164886_S.jpgAn annulment is a procedure by which a marriage is declared invalid under the law. It is different from a divorce, in which a valid marriage is ended. When a marriage is annulled, it is as if the marriage never even happened if the first place. 

When a new relationship terminates maintenance

3589209_S.jpgAccording to Missouri law, maintenance ends when the spouse who receives the support remarries. There are exceptions to this rule. One exception is if the couple agrees otherwise, and that agreement is made an order of the court. Another exception is if the recipient spouse is in a domestic partnership, as opposed to a legal marriage.

Property division and military pensions in Missouri

11597904_S.jpgThe many members of the military and their families living in Missouri routinely make sacrifices and endure the harsh realities of a lifestyle that few people outside of the armed forces can understand or appreciate. When service members go through a divorce, they experience the same emotional stresses as civilian couples, but they must also confront family legal issues unique to the military.

Grounds for annulment in Missouri

14368614_S.jpgFor the majority of cases in Missouri, the end of a marriage means a divorce. But in very few cases, a divorce is not necessary. In these instances, couples may be able to file for annulment. In this process, the courts deem the marriage to essentially have never happened. Missouri law has very stringent laws regarding these types of separation, and specific criteria must be met to qualify.

Don't assume that marriage and family law are same in each state

41597455_S.jpgAnyone who has followed the publicity surrounding the same-sex marriage debate have probably heard that, until the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, it was legal in some states but not in others. In fact, if a same-sex couple was married in a state where their marriage was legal and then moved to a state that had not yet legalized same-sex marriage, they were not considered legally married in the new state of residence.

Assisted reproduction raises tricky legal issues

14119122_S.jpgCouples who are unable to conceive often turn to other means of having children. Luckily, they have many options, including surrogacy, artificial insemination, and egg fertilization. However, these options can raise some complicated legal questions. Having a baby should be a positive experience. With so many difficult legal issues, a couple can very easily become overwhelmed.

The benefits of a collaborative divorce

34744296_S.jpgThe first images that generally come to people's minds when they hear the word "divorce" are couples screaming at each other, going through lengthy court battles and generally being very unhappy with the outcome of the case. While this is all-too-common, it does not have to be the only way. One of the easier ways to handle the end of a marriage is to go through a collaborative divorce.

How property (and debt) is divided in a Missouri divorce

32496022_S.jpgOutside of a child custody dispute, property division is one of the hottest topics in a divorce. Both parties generally want the lion's share of the assets, sometimes leading to a fierce battle. What many couples do not consider, however, is the division of debt in a divorce. In Missouri, property and debts are divided the same way.

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