Divorce Services in St. Charles MO
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Are you considering divorce? Though many are daunted by the divorce process, afraid it will be a long and painful process, you don't have to be worried if you work with Smith Law Offices, LLC.
Our attorneys have more than 30 years of experience representing clients in complex family matters. We recognize the emotional stress involved when it comes to dealing with these issues. Much of the stress related to divorce can be avoided when you have a skilled team handling your case.
Are you in the middle of a difficult divorce? Contact Smith Law Offices, LLC for compassionate solutions!
An experienced lawyer knows how to handle even the most contentious of situations, including those that arise around child support, child custody, division of property, and high-asset divorce. There is no "one-size-fits-all" solution to divorce. As such we will take the time to gather all the facts of your case, listen to your needs, and use effective conflict-resolution methods in order to achieve your goals. We will do everything in our power to achieve a smooth resolution.
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From the straightforward to the volatile divorce - our lawyers are qualified to handle your case. We have extensive legal experience with all types of divorce cases and are well-equipped to help you successfully resolve your divorce.
Types of Divorce Matters We Handle
How Do I File for Divorce in Missouri?
When beginning the divorce process, many find themselves overwhelmed and unsure of where to begin. The process of divorce begins when one spouse petitions the court for a divorce.
The petitioning spouse will need to complete a “petition for dissolution” and file it with the family court located in the county where he or she resides. Some counties may also require the completion of a Family Court Information Sheet.
Afterward, the spouse that petitioned must serve the other with divorce papers. The spouse served papers has 30 days to respond to the Petition filed and should file a Counter-Petition to protect their interests.
The Petition and Counter-Petition are the foundations of divorce and will guide the remaining litigation. These petitions help determine what items are contested. The parties will then work through the contested issues. Ultimately if no agreement can be reached, the case will be set for trial and the remaining issues will be resolved in Court.
What Is the Fastest Way To Get a Divorce in Missouri?
When both parties mutually agree on all terms of the divorce, such as division of property and debt, spousal support, and child custody without trial through written settlement agreements, then this type of divorce is considered uncontested.
Even though uncontested divorce is typically much faster, less expensive, and less stressful process, it may be mandatory for a short uncontested hearing to be held in court. Some courts need to review and approve the agreements after a brief testimony of one or both parties, while some courts only require an affidavit to be submitted without a hearing.
How Is an Uncontested Divorce Different From a Contested Divorce?
A contested divorce is the more complicated, as well as the average, form of divorce if both parties cannot come to an agreement on one or many issues.
Since the spouses cannot amicably resolve their issues, they end up in court, where a judge makes these decisions for them. These type of divorce proceedings take much longer to complete, are more expensive than uncontested divorce, and involve a greater amount of stress.
The reason why this type of divorce is more costly than the uncontested option is because it takes a longer amount of time to complete. Most attorneys require a retention fee prior to beginning a contentious divorce battle.
The amount is based on how complex the divorce is and what the spouses are arguing and fighting over. Another use of attorneys is because both sides will have a series of settlement conferences in court, in order to resolve their issues.
Whether this is your first divorce, second or third, it can be difficult not to act out of fear, anger, or sadness. Regardless of whether or not you were the one who initiated the divorce, it can feel almost like the death of a loved one. We see many divorcing couples come through our offices and we have a few tips to help you through the process. It is important to remember to do the following three things:
- Don’t let your emotions determine your actions
We understand that divorce can be an emotional time, but it is important to remember not to make emotional decisions based on how you are feeling in that moment. Fighting your ex on some marital assets or child custody simply because you are angry and wish to get back at him or her only makes the divorce last longer, become more expensive and cause more stress. Our firm can help make sure the decisions surrounding your divorce are ones decided based on what is best for your future.
- Remember to communicate with your children
Imagine the emotional turmoil you are experiencing right now. Now, take that emotion and add in some more confusion, anxiety, sadness, and you have a good idea of what your children are feeling. If you and your spouse have decided to get a divorce, communicate with one another and decide what the best method to break the news to your children will be. Assure your children that you’re not divorcing because of anything they have done. You may also want to keep open communication with them regarding anything that could affect their lives. If they will be moving schools, moving rooms, or even living with only one parent, explain these things in ways they can understand.
- Don’t refuse to talk to your ex
If you and your ex have children together, completely cutting off communication is not something you should do. Children win awards, compete in sports matches and perform in plays and they will still expect you to be there for them, even throughout your divorce. In addition to communicating with your ex regarding your children, you should still communicate with your ex during the divorce as not doing so could lead to problems while trying to resolve your divorce and coordinate visitations.
These tips are just a start for how to handle your divorce. Contact our firm for additional guidance.
What Are the Divorce Laws in Missouri?
In order to file for divorce in Missouri, you or your spouse must meet the residency requirement of at least 90 days before filing the petition.
Since Missouri is a “no-fault” divorce state, you are not required to prove that your spouse has wronged you in order to qualify for divorce. You simply need to claim that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” and can’t be saved.
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