divorce law in missouri

Divorce is a complex and emotionally challenging process that requires a thorough understanding of the legal framework. Attorney Jim Knappenberger recognizes the difficulties individuals face when navigating divorce proceedings in Missouri. Understanding the intricacies of divorce law is essential to protect your rights and achieve a fair outcome.

Grounds for Divorce:
Missouri is a modified no-fault divorce state, meaning that if both parties admit that the marriage is broken, neither party needs to prove fault or misconduct to obtain a divorce. The court must find that there is no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved, and that it is therefore irretrievably broken. Conduct of the parties, however, can affect child custody, property division and maintenance.

Residency Requirements:
To file for divorce in Missouri, at least one of the spouses must be a resident of the state. The residency requirement mandates that the petitioner must have lived in Missouri for at least 90 days before filing the divorce petition.

Spousal Support:
In divorce cases, spousal support, also known as maintenance or alimony, may be awarded to provide financial support to a spouse. Missouri courts consider many factors such as the length of the marriage, the financial resources and earning capacity of each spouse, conduct, and the standard of living during the marriage when determining spousal support.

Child Custody:
Child custody is one of the most crucial and sensitive aspects of divorce cases involving minor children. Missouri courts prioritize the best interests of the child when determining custody arrangements. Factors such as the child’s relationship with each parent, the ability of the parents to cooperate, the child’s adjustment to home, school, and community, and any instances of domestic violence or abuse are considered.

Child Support:
Child support is a financial obligation that ensures the well-being of minor children. In Missouri, child support is calculated based on guidelines that consider the income of both parents, the number of children, and the child’s needs. Additional factors such as healthcare and childcare expenses may also be taken into account.

Divorce Process:
The divorce process in Missouri typically involves several stages, including filing the petition, serving the other party, discovery of information, negotiations, and, if necessary, trial. Throughout the process, it is essential to have legal representation to ensure that your rights are protected and that you achieve a fair resolution.

Divorce can be a challenging and emotionally charged experience, but having a solid understanding of divorce law in Missouri can help you navigate the process more effectively. Attorney Jim Knappenberger is committed to providing the guidance and support you need during this difficult time.