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Understanding divorce

42425711_S.jpgCouples in Missouri who are considering ending their marriages should have a clear idea of exactly what a divorce does and how it can affect the rest of their lives. Having a realistic view of what to expect and understanding the futility of attempting to predict how the divorce court may rule in a certain matter can help divorcing individuals be more satisfied with the outcome.

The QDRO and splitting retirement plans in divorce

13583508_S.jpgMissouri couples who are getting a divorce may have property they need to divide, and a retirement account might be one of those pieces of property. Before certain types of retirement accounts can be divided, a document known as a Qualified Domestic Relations Order must be prepared and signed. Attorneys who are well-versed in the legal aspects of divorce might still refer people to a certified divorce financial analyst to get a better understanding of this complex document.

Protecting a trust during a divorce

46931102_S.jpgWhen Missouri couples start planning to get married, it is recommended that their parents take steps to protect any assets that they intend to leave for their family member. If those assets are in a trust, taking precautions can ensure that the trust can only be accessed by the family member and not by the other spouse, especially if the couple ends up getting divorced later on.

Helping kids adjust to divorce

36719655_S.jpgMissouri parents place a huge priority on the well-being of their children. This is particularly true during and after a divorce. Even in amicable divorces, the transition from living together as a family to separate households can be very difficult for kids. That is why parents often take special care to minimize the trauma and to stabilize their lifestyle as quickly as possible.

Use your parenting plan to change your focus

38661705_S.jpgThe irony of divorce is that while your marriage can be ended, if you have children, your relationship with your child's other parent may continue for many years. Consider, if you have a two-year-old, your child custody and visitation order is likely to be in force for the next 16 years. That's four presidential elections.

Is your dog like a chair?

40823066_S.jpgIn the eyes of most family law courts, it is. While Missouri courts have elaborate statutory rules and much case law precedent to guide their determinations in questions involving child custody, your family pet, no matter how cute, cuddly and beloved by the family, has a much lower status.

When family disputes arise, legal advice can be necessary

37454648_S.jpgEvery family deals with problems. They fight, disagree and may not even like each other all that much. Many people prefer to keep these issues private and don't exactly want to go discussing them in public. In these situations, people may think that they can't or shouldn't talk to anyone about their concerns; asking for help may seem like the last thing they want to do.

What will discovery discover?

14867207_S (2).jpgOne of the legal tools used during a divorce is known as discovery. This is the process both sides use to obtain the information they need to argue their side of the case and to create a reasonable and fair divorce settlement.

Why you probably don't want DIY divorce

13725420_S.jpgIf you and your spouse have decided to divorce, you know money is going to be an issue. Both the cost of filings the divorce paperwork in the courthouse in Columbia and the need to split up your marital assets. Perhaps you figure that if you handle the legal documents and avoid hiring an attorney, you can at least save that cost in the process.

Divorce and expectation setting

34842907_S (1).jpgIt is understandable that if you have never been through a divorce, you may not have a firm idea of what to expect. You have read books, seen movies or talked friends and relative who have been divorced, but none of that will likely prepare you for your experience of divorce.

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