Divorce Attorneys Serving the Greater Kansas City Metro
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 and 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 divorces can be highly contested cases where some or all of the issues are disputed. Sometimes it is necessary to also use the services of qualified third parties (accountants, mental health professionals, parent coordinators) to provide valuable expert opinions at trial.
At Leonard Rodarte Siegel, our experienced divorce lawyers 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 divorce lawyers are prepared to tailor your legal representation to meet your specific needs. Our family law firm is conveniently located in Lee’s Summit, MO, providing divorce legal services throughout the greater Kansas City metro. Our law firm includes divorce attorneys licensed in both Missouri and Kansas law, so our team can assist you in either state.
An Overview of Divorce Law in Missouri and Kansas
If you are interested in filing for a Missouri or Kansas 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. Known as a divorce in Kansas, while there are several grounds for divorce, “incompatibility” is one such ground and is often treated as a “no-fault” 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 our divorce lawyers prior to filing so that you better understand what actions you can take to settle your divorce proceedings.
Filing for Divorce in Missouri and Kansas
The family law firm of Leonard Rodarte Siegel LLC has a history of experience, success, and training in divorce law of all complexities. Even in “no-fault” situations, divorces may take quite a bit of time and effort to work through the legal matters. Divorces are a complex matter and one should always consult a divorce lawyer when dealing with matters of dissolution in Missouri and Kansas. 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.” The experienced divorce attorneys at Leonard Rodarte Siegel can assist with divorce forms, divorce filing, divorce court and many other divorce matters that you may encounter throughout your divorce proceedings in Kansas and Missouri.
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. Below are some benefits our divorce lawyers near you in the greater Kansas City area can provide throughout the divorce process:
- 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.
- Our divorce attorneys 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.
- Our divorce lawyers 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.
- Our divorce lawyers 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.
FAQ for the Divorce Process in Missouri and Kansas
Contact Our Lawyers Today for A Professional Divorce Consultation
Our divorce attorneys located near you in Lee’s Summit, Missouri have assisted many clients with divorces across the greater Kansas City metro including Cass County, Clay County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Lafayette County and Platte County, and other surrounding counties. Let our Missouri and Kansas Divorce Lawyers at Leonard Rodarte Siegel work for you. Call us at 816-836-9950 or contact us online.