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.
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 emotional stress will be much less.
A: The first thing you should do before divorcing is discuss your case in detail with an attorney to find out the right plan for you. Typically, the first step is filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. You also want to begin developing a parenting plan if you have children together.
A: Years ago, you had to have a “reason” or grounds to obtain a divorce. For example, if your spouse cheated or abandoned you, these would be considered grounds for divorce. Now, Missouri is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that neither party has to take “blame” for the dissolution of the marriage. A divorce is usually filed with “irreconcilable differences.”
A: First, before you can file for divorce in Missouri, you must have been a resident in the state for at least 90 days prior to the initial filing. Your divorce will be filed at the courthouse in the county that you reside in.
A: Many people think they can go through DIY divorces, especially if they have an uncontested divorce. However, this almost never ends up meeting the needs of the divorcing couple. By having an attorney on your side, you can ensure that your rights are adequately represented at each stage of the divorce, from the initial filing to property division, child custody, and more.
If you’re considering a divorce or have already begun the process, contact the Haefner Law Office today for compassionate, zealous legal representation. Call now at (314) 200-6101.