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How to do I talk to my soon-to-be spouse about a prenup?

33121807_S.jpgFor many couples, a prenuptial agreement is synonymous with one word: distrust. It is not a fun topic to discuss, as it lends to the idea that you believe you will not be together forever, and if that's the case, why get married at all? Yet a prenup can be very beneficial for both parties and can save a lot of money and headache down the road, should the worst happen.

The role of guardian ad litems in family law

26397674_S.jpgFamily courts in Missouri have the power to appoint a guardian ad litem in certain cases. In general, a guardian ad litem, also known as a GAL, is an attorney who is appointed by the court to represent the interests of a child or an incompetent adult. The child or incompetent adult is then referred to as the "ward." The GAL's role is to conduct an investigation and provide a recommendation to the court about what is in the ward's best interests.

Asset division issues for non-married couples

3151278_S.jpgBoth the definition of what constitutes a family, and the ability of Missouri law to keep up with changes in social attitudes are in a state of flux. Today what the law sees as a committed couple is not always confined to a heterosexual marriage, nor is an actual marriage a prerequisite. These developing new norms for how a couple can form can also interact with state law when couples decide to split up.

Attorneys helping members of the military with family law issues

20690107_S.jpgMissouri is home to many men and women serving in the United States military. Service members accept the fact that serving their country may involve uprooting their families at any time to move to a new base anywhere in the U.S. or the world, but relationships may suffer. This is particularly true where a service member is forced to leave his or her family for deployment to hostile locations overseas.

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.

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.

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:

How to change a Missouri divorce settlement or decree

14532822_S.jpgOrdinarily, when a couple divorces, they do so because at least one of the spouses wants to get a fresh start with his or her life apart from the other. The key to this objective is a divorce settlement or decree that both sides can accept as final, so that the issues that led to the divorce do not have to keep being revisited.

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