Child Custody Cases

As a lawyer practicing in the area of family law, I am intimately familiar with the various ways that child custody can be established because it’s part of what I do for a living. People may want or need to establish child custody for a variety of different reasons. Establishing child custody must be done […]

Filing First for A Divorce

Is there an advantage to filing first for a divorce? This question comes up occasionally in divorce cases. The answer to the question, like most answers to legal questions,  depends on the circumstances of the divorcing couples. Venue (meaning the county where the divorce is heard) is initially established when the petition for dissolution of marriage […]

Divorce: Another Reason to Hire Your Own Lawyer

The following hypothetical situation happens more frequently than most non-lawyers imagine, but yet husbands and wives continue to either choose not to hire their own divorce lawyer or somehow think that it’s a good idea to share a divorce attorney: Husband and Wife have been married a couple years and have one child born of […]

Divorce – Property Division – Marital Property

In an opinion from the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, filed on October 4, 2012, the Court determined during a divorce proceeding that two items of real property and a business were marital property. The court found that the real estate was acquired during the marriage and the business was started during the marriage. The Husband […]