Our practice is limited exclusively to family and divorce law, and while the focus of our practice is complex cases involving substantial assets, business interests, professional practices, contested child custody issues, and appeals, we also routinely represent individuals in less complicated cases with efficiency and meticulous care. The following is a list of the most common services we provide in our practice.
We regularly represent individuals in appeals of family law cases, and we regularly defend appeals brought in family law cases, whether we tried the case or are brought in afterwards to handle the appeal.
Issues involving the care and custody of children arise within both traditional and non-traditional families. Our firm is very experienced in dealing with child custody issues in a wide variety of contexts.
The consultation is a private meeting with one of our lawyers in which you may have your questions answered, explain your circumstances, and learn about the legal options we believe may be available to you.
Any time two people are to be divorced or legally separated, their assets must be allocated between them. Sometimes the assets are uncomplicated and other times it is not so simple.
The primary focus of our practice involves divorce cases. The termination of a marriage must ultimately be ordered by a court, regardless of how the case was resolved, i.e. whether by trial or negotiated settlement.
Surprising as it may seem, people don’t always do what they are supposed to do with regard to a judgment. In such circumstances it may require the intervention of the court to enforce a judgment.
Couples with substantial estates may wrestle with a variety of additional issues in their divorce cases, such as unique executive and deferred compensation arrangements that can be challenging to appraise and divide.
Legal separation is not the same thing as a mere physical separation. Rather, like divorce, legal separation is a status conferred on the parties by a court in the context of a legal separation proceeding.
In certain circumstances, for example as children's needs change over time, existing judgments involving child custody and child support may be modified by the court, or by an agreement approved by the court.
Paternity suits establish parenting plans and custodial rights for the parents, and determine their respective support obligations. Our firm regularly represents fathers and mothers in paternity cases.
These agreements allow the parties to alter existing legal rights and to specify with precision how a future divorce should play out, and may also specify the rights of the surviving spouse in the event of death.
After 2015’s Obergefell decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, the rights to custody and property of same-sex couples remain unclear, to be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on a variety of factors.
The vast majority of family law cases are resolved by an agreement between the parties. Few cases are tried in court. Resolution may be achieved through negotiation, mediation or collaborative practice.
As part of a divorce, legal separation, modification or enforcement case, the topic of spousal support may arise; it is called “maintenance” under Missouri statute and “alimony” under the Internal Revenue Code.