Recent reports suggest that many couples contemplating marriage, including, most likely, some in Missouri, have been previously married to others. Whether a first marriage ended through divorce or by the death of a spouse, anyone entering a new marriage will want to consider important issues regarding legal, financial and estate planning matters. Many experts claim that a prenuptial agreement is key to protecting one's assets and family for the future.
Some in Missouri enter into legal agreements with their intended spouses before marriage. However, in some circles, the prenuptial agreement has gotten a bad reputation. Indeed, some say they signify doubts as to whether a marriage will last. Others note that prenups are simply good business as marriages are financial mergers as well as loving relationships.
Many Missouri families struggle to fulfill the financial and emotional needs of their families. Sometimes, this can lead to situations that result in challenges which may be difficult to resolve without assistance. Especially in situations where family members disagree about child-care, guardianship, adoptions or other legal matters, it is typically beneficial to enlist the help of an experienced family law attorney.
Congratulations on your decision to adopt a child. Adoption can be a stressful process, but the end result is a beautiful family with a bond that cannot be severed. Whether you are adopting a child within your own state, somewhere else in the country, or an entirely different country, you will need to check your local state laws to insure that your paper-trail has been completed correctly. Like most adoptive parents, you probably have an abundance of questions. If you are a same-sex couple who are married or in a domestic partnership, you might have concerns about Missouri's laws governing LGBT adoptions.
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.
If 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.
According 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.
The 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.