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Content Reviewed by Kristin Siegel, JD | Attorney at Law
Divorcing spouses are often confronted with a variety of legal issues that can range from child/spousal support to the division of property, including retirement assets and real estate to arrangements for parenting time with the children. Divorces can be relatively simple uncontested matters, where the parties are able to reach an agreement on all issues or be highly contested cases where some or all of the issues are disputed. Sometimes it is necessary to use the services of qualified third parties (accountants, mental health professionals, parent coordinators) to provide valuable expert opinions at trial. Our attorneys are prepared to utilize whatever resources are necessary to ensure that your rights are protected. Whether your divorce matter is straightforward, highly complex or somewhere in between, our attorneys are prepared to tailor your legal representation to meet your specific needs.
Missouri Divorce Law
If you are interested in filing for a Missouri divorce, it is important to understand your rights and the process behind divorce proceedings. A divorce in Missouri is legally known as a “dissolution of marriage.” Dissolution of marriage in Missouri is limited “No-Fault,” meaning that a spouse only needs to show that a marriage is irretrievably broken to be granted a dissolution. When going through the divorce process, a series of facts or questions will be presented in the original filing, and a spouse only needs to satisfy one fact or question in order to qualify for a dissolution of marriage. In other instances where a divorce is contested or proof that that a marriage is not irretrievably broken, it is important to consult a lawyer and understand what actions you can take to settle your divorce proceedings.
Filing For Divorce in Missouri
The law firm of Leonard Rodarte Siegel has a history of experience, success and training in divorce law of all complexities. While Missouri is a “No-Fault” state, this does not necessarily mean that a divorce will be completed quickly. Divorces are a complex matter and one should always consult a lawyer when dealing with matters of dissolution in Missouri. To begin a divorce, official dissolution paperwork is filed at the County level by a spouse who is known as the “petitioner.” The receiving spouse is known as the “respondent.” If the divorce is uncontested, the second spouse may also be known as a “co-petitioner.” Upon initial filing, there is a minimum of 31 days for a dissolution to be finalized as the respondent is given 30 days to receive official notice. This process will often times take longer as it is seldom that spouses agree on all aspects of a divorce including, but not limited to: property division, child support, child custody, visitation rights, and more. Leonard Rodarte Siegel can assist with divorce forms, divorce filing, divorce court and many other divorce matters that you may encounter.
How Can A Lawyer Help With Divorce?
While a no-fault divorce may seem open and shut, there are strict laws governing how a divorce should proceed. First, each county including Jackson, Clay, Cass, Platte, Johnson and Lafayette have specific statutes that determine when and what local forms should be filed. Our divorce attorneys are familiar with each counties specific paperwork requirements and can work to ensure there are no missed steps. Second, a lawyer can assist by guiding you through the grounds for divorce and which right to petition you should use on your dissolution proceedings. Understanding the process, time frames and expenses during a divorce is an important step to ensure that a divorce does not become a costly undertaking. Third, an attorney can guide you through this emotional time by providing objective advice and expertise on divorce negotiations. It is unlikely that you and your spouse will agree on all points regarding separation and a legal battle may ensue involving multiple lawyers, mediation or court representation. Last, an attorney can assist with asset discovery, property division, matters involving children, settlement negotiation and many other aspects of a divorce that arise during discovery and negotiations.
Contact Us Today For A Professional Divorce Consultation
Our divorce attorneys have assisted many clients with divorces in Lees Summit Missouri including Cass County, Clay County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Lafayette County and Platte County, and Other Surrounding Counties. Let our Lees Summit Missouri Divorce Lawyers at Leonard Rodarte Siegel work for you. Contact us at 816-836-9950 or contact us online.