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Uncontested divorce vs. litigated divorce

5774322_S.jpgWhen Missouri couples are facing the end of their marriages, they need to go through a series of legal decisions. How they reach terms for property division, child custody and spousal support depends upon their personal needs and their ability to control their emotions during negotiations. An uncontested divorce and litigation represent the opposite ends of the spectrum of legal options.

Your credit cards and divorce

9404933_S.jpgCredit cards are an important financial tool to think about before you begin your divorce. They are a convenient source of financing for emergency expenses and there will be emergency expenses as the process goes along. The reason you need to carefully review your cards before your divorce is due to the nature of the financial liability they pose.

To state the obvious

11686437_S.jpgDivorce is a court proceeding. This means that on occasion, you may have to appear in court. And even when you are not appearing in court, you have to understand that once you begin a divorce, your conduct and behavior is going to be under a microscope.

How easy would that be?

49590229_S.jpgIf you decided, with your spouse that your marriage was over, and that you both agreed that a divorce was the best solution to the problems of your relationship, why can't you just walk up the courthouse in Columbia, sign a document and pay the clerk $56, shake hands, and walk away divorced?

Your property division involves planning for the future

45139321_S.jpgDivorce can greatly complicate your life. For any couple involved in divorce proceeding here in Columbia or for those who have completed the formal court hearing and who have to obtain the final order of dissolution of marriage, there are many challenges. Determining the equitable distribution of assets in a property division or working through the details of a parenting plan, there is a great deal to work through with your attorney.

The end of the family home

48169374_S.jpgHome is where the heart is, and as often, where our family lives. We often view "home" as being virtually synonymous with "family." We refer to the "family home." And when we refer to our parent's house, we may unconsciously speak of going "home," even if we have not lived there for years and have a house of our own, with our own spouse and children who reside there.

Will a divorce harm your children?

18107768_S.jpgFor parents, the prospect of a looming divorce can create a significant amount of anxiety. While they have probably accepted that a divorce is all but certain, they have some doubts, worrying that a divorce will negatively affect their children and lead to lifelong problems.

A simple statement

24393215_S.jpgDivorce is often spoken of in hushed tones, especially during first stages, when it may carry an aura of tragedy. While not as catastrophic as death, for many, it may feel like a death has occurred in the family. And so with the process comes the stress and worry as you deal with the end of your relationship and the creation of your new life.

Do you feel contempt?

10298742_S.jpgAccording to one researcher, the number one reason for divorce among couples is contempt. When one or both members of a marriage develop feelings of contempt, it is unlikely they will remain married long.

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