Missouri 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.
The 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.
The 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.
When 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:
Ordinarily, 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.
As society evolves, its foundation adapts along with its changes. Nowhere is this more evident than in the American family. While the traditional nuclear family made up of a father, mother, and one or more children is certainly still in existence in Missouri and across the country, it has been joined by other forms of familial arrangements. What has not changed is the value placed on having a supportive and stable family, regardless of its makeup.