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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.

Divorce is useful for allocating property between soon-to-be ex-spouses. Normally, the assets in a marriage will be divided in the most economical manner the divorce court can manage. A majority of states prohibit the reallocation of property that was obtained before the divorce or that was received as part of an inheritance or as a gift. Community property states divide assets acquired during a marriage equally between both parties. Non-community property states will evaluate the financial situation, future financial plans and any other pertinent issues of each party when determining how to distribute marital assets equitably.

Support obligations are other issues resolved through divorce procedures. These can include child support or spousal support or alimony. State laws determine how child support payments, which can depend on the terms of child custody arrangement, are to be calculated, but courts allow deviations to be made in certain circumstances. Spousal support is typically determined by the factors surrounding the divorce and the financial situation of each party.

A family law attorney may advise clients who are seeking a divorce what they can expect from the process. The lawyer could inquire about a client's financial goals and engage in litigation and negotiation to obtain favorable divorce settlement terms. A family law attorney may also provide legal guidance regarding adoption, grandparents' rights and domestic partnership.

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