According to the definition from the Missouri Supreme Court, mediation is “a process in which a neutral third party facilitates communications between the parties to promote settlement.” Essentially, it is a way to help improve communication between parties, so they can more easily resolve the issues causing conflict.
Missouri divorces are never easy, even when you know it’s the right decision. Divorces are not only emotional but can take a toll on your mental state given how many decisions you need to make that could affect you for years to come.
When you start to consider divorce as a Missouri resident, it can bring up a lot of questions. If you have a lot of assets, you likely want to be sure they are protected. Understanding the procedures and rules associated with divorces and asset protection can go a long way toward setting you on the […]
One of life’s most complicated decisions may be deciding to file for divorce. However, it does happen, and understanding the process is important while moving forward. While every divorce is unique, a common question married residents of the state often have is: does Missouri require separation before a divorce?
Legal separation—also known as separate maintenance under Missouri law—is an alternative to divorce. While these orders contain many of the same details as a divorce decree, they do not bring a marriage to a formal end. Instead, these agreements provide divorcing spouses with terms on things like property division and child custody.
If you are facing a child custody dispute for the first time, you might be wondering whether Missouri is considered to be a “mother state” or a “father state.” The reality is that Missouri law is not designed to favor either the mother or the father. Instead, the law is designed to give both parents […]
Despite what many people believe, St. Louis courts do not favor the mother or the father in child custody cases. According to state law, both parents are entitled to an unbiased chance to secure custody of their minor children in cases of custody disputes or divorce.
Every parent in Missouri has a legal obligation to provide financial support to their children. In most cases, parents voluntarily meet this obligation without issue. When they fail to uphold their duty, criminal charges can be one of the consequences that follow. If a person is more than 12 months behind on their child support […]
If you are behind on your child support in Missouri, the courts have a number of ways to persuade you to pay. The most extreme of these options is pursuing criminal charges against you for nonpayment. When it comes to large unpaid back child support bills, these criminal charges are treated as a felony.