What if you and your spouse can’t reach an agreement on your divorce?

Couples are sometimes in the predicament of both wanting a faster and easier divorce process than litigation, but not knowing how to get past the issues that are preventing them from filing an uncontested divorce. Here are some ways to get to a settlement: Hire a Mediator Mediation is a process to help couples work…(Continue Reading)

What is a non-contested divorce hearing?

When the parties in a divorce case have reached an agreement on how to end their marriage, a marital settlement agreement is drafted that reflects those terms along with a proposed judgement and parenting plan for the court to review and approve. In some cases, particularly if neither party is represented by an attorney, the…(Continue Reading)

What is Spousal Maintenance?

Many people are familiar with the concept of Alimony. But what exactly is spousal maintenance? Is it the same as alimony? Alimony is no longer awarded in Missouri and has not been for quite some time. The old concept of alimony was based on concepts anchored in traditional gender roles and a fault-based system of…(Continue Reading)

How long does it take to get divorced in Missouri?

When couples are considering ending their marriage, one of the questions that often comes up is how long will the divorce take? A related question is, how fast can I get divorced in Missouri? The minimum amount of time it takes to get divorced in Missouri is 30 days. Missouri law requires that at least…(Continue Reading)

How much does an uncontested divorce in Missouri cost?

The cost for an uncontested divorce in Missouri can range from $600 to $1,500 and up, depending on the kind of law firm you hire and the particulars of your case. One thing that can make a big difference is the fee structure of the firm you choose and the attorney. Traditional law firms bill…(Continue Reading)

What is marital property in Missouri?

A common divorce question is, “What is marital property in Missouri?” The easy answer is that anything a couple accumulates during their marriage is considered marital property. This includes both assets (stuff) and liabilities (stuff you owe). Here is the important part most people miss: it doesn’t matter who bought it, who earned the money…(Continue Reading)

What is an uncontested divorce in Missouri?

The short answer to the question “What does ‘uncontested divorce’ mean?” is that a husband and wife agree that they no longer want to be married to each other and agree on exactly how they wanted to conclude their marriage before they file any documents with the Court asking it to dissolve their marriage. Sound…(Continue Reading)