Missouri Divorce Process
Compassionate, Personalized Legal Counsel
Couples seldom enter a marriage believing it will one day end in a divorce. Unfortunately, circumstances can change, making ending the marriage the best and only option for both spouses. During the divorce process, even the most reasonable couples can encounter problems with dividing martial property or determining one spouse’s right to maintenance/alimony. When faced with these difficult circumstances, it is imperative to retain the services of an experienced divorce attorney to protect your best interests and enforce your rights.
At The Roberts Law Firm, P.C., we offer a practical and flexible approach to the resolution of your divorce issues. Our dedicated Chesterfield divorce attorneys can work with you to help reach your divorce decree objectives and keep costs down.
To discuss the factors surrounding your divorce and settlement options, please contact us at (636) 590-4864.
Grounds for Divorce in Missouri
In order to file for divorce in Missouri, you must first meet a residency requirement. The requirement states that:
- Either you or your spouse must have been a Missouri resident for at least 90 days prior to filing
If you meet the residency requirement, you can then file for divorce. Missouri is a no-fault divorce state. This means that you can file for divorce on the grounds of irretrievable breakdown, instead of trying to prove that your spouse did something that caused the breakdown of your marriage.
After you file, there’s a mandatory 30-day cooling off period. This was put in place to give couples more time to possibly reconcile.
Helping You Navigate Through Every Aspect of Your Divorce
The beginning of the divorce process can be a confusing time. Many of our divorce clients come to us with a multitude of questions. We always take the time to listen to your concerns and discuss how different options may influence your particular situation.
Our firm is prepared to help you pursue a strategy in-line with your goals in the following matters:
- Martial property division
- Spousal maintenance/alimony
- Orders for protection in situations of domestic violence
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
Our lawyers understand and appreciate that each divorce is unique. As such, they customize their representation to meet your exact needs, whether you are facing a high net-worth divorce or are a member of the military.
Pursuing Options Beyond Trial
Divorce cases do not always have to end up in a courtroom with attorneys battling for their clients’ wishes. Many times, an agreement can be reached through negotiation or mediation. This not only saves time and money, but may help preserve amicable relationships between spouses who must continue to co-parent their children.
For additional information about how we can go to work for you, contact us at (636) 590-4864. Our Chesterfield-based divorce attorneys serve clients in the St. Louis area and throughout all of Missouri.