Co-Parenting Tips

There are few things more frustrating than trying to co-parent with someone you genuinely dislike (I will not go as far as hate, because how can you hate someone who is responsible for your children being here).  The reality is that no matter how much you do not like your ex, how much it frustrates you that they are not doing their fair share, you need to work on co-parenting if it is at all possible.   There are some valid complaints … Continued

The Single Parent’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays

One of the selling points that I often hear parents tell their kids about the upside of divorce is that they will be getting two Christmases. In theory, that is great news. In reality, it sucks. The holidays are already stressful, everyone has plans, and there is nothing worse than having to keep checking the clock to see when you have to gather up the kids and go meet your ex somewhere. Your kids don’t want to go, you rush … Continued

Maintenance in Missouri

Maintenance in Missouri is one of the most difficult things to predict in family law cases.  Maintenance has little structure, varies greatly between counties and Judges, and often depends on several factors.  These are included in RSMo. §452.335, and include the following: Does the person asking for maintenance lack sufficient property to provide for their reasonable needs? Is the person asking for maintenance unable to support themselves through appropriate employment? Can the person asking for maintenance acquire sufficient education or … Continued

The Difference Between Legal Separation and Divorce in Missouri

While looking at something as serious as the dissolution of marriage, it is important to know what all your options are. Divorce can be a scary word because of connotations, the finality it brings, and how it seems to end any hope of a positive resolution. For those who retain the hope or desire to have reconciliation with your spouse, there is a lesser known option known as legal separation. What is Legal Separation? In the state of Missouri, there … Continued

Talking to Kids About Divorce: Dos and Don’ts

When a couple decides to divorce, it affects the entire family. So how should you approach talking to kids about divorce? How can you keep the impact of divorce on children to a minimum? This is one of life’s situations where it’s important to remember that you can’t control anyone else’s feelings, actions, or emotions. You can, however, control your own – which is much easier said than done in emotionally-charged situations like this. Here are a few tips for … Continued

Divorce in Missouri: All Your Questions Answered

If you’re considering filing for divorce in Missouri, know there are many options available to you and your family. The divorce process can be confusing and difficult to navigate, and it’s natural to have questions. As one of Missouri’s top family law practices, Haefner Law Office offers compassionate, zealous legal representation and consultation in the field of divorce law. We’ve answered inquiries and concerns from thousands of other people in your situation, and we understand the deeply sensitive nature of … Continued

5 Crucial Strategies to Cope with Divorce

Divorce is never easy, even if you were the one who first signed the papers. Coping with your divorce emotionally is just as important as the legal aspect of it. If you aren’t in a healthy emotional place, it will be difficult to make critical decisions. Here are 5 crucial strategies to cope with dissolving your marriage. 1. Grieve the Loss of Your Marriage Divorcing is almost like a loved one passing away. The person who was once a significant … Continued

Missouri Divorce Q&A

Before filing for a divorce, learn as much as you can about the process and prepare yourself for the various steps. Here are answers to some of your most important questions about divorce in Missouri. Q: What Is the Most Important Thing to Know About Divorce? A: Every case is different, but remember that if you and your soon-to-be-ex spouse can come to a compromise on various aspects of the divorce and avoid a contested divorce, the cost, time, and … Continued

The Do’s and Don’ts of Divorce

Since a divorce will affect you for the rest of your life, it’s important that you do everything you can to ensure the final results are something you can live with, and are something that sets the stage for a new and better chapter of your life. Here are some do’s and don’ts of divorce. Don’t Get Divorced for the Wrong Reasons Make sure you’re getting divorced for the correct motives. People change over time. Communication in a marriage can … Continued

What You Need to Know About Marital Property in Missouri

One of the most contentious issues in a divorce is property division. This is particularly true of high net worth divorces, and divorces where significant mutual property was accumulated. Here’s what you need to know about marital property in Missouri and how to get the legal help and advocacy you need during this challenging time. Property Definitions Missouri law divides property into two categories: Marital property Non marital property Marital Property Under Missouri law, marital property is defined as property that … Continued

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