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Category Archives: Getting a Divorce

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Spousal Support (Maintenance) Denied in Missouri Divorce

Posted in Alimony / Maintenance, Child Support and Alimony, Divorce, Family Law, Financial Issues, Getting a Divorce, Property-Debt Division
Recent Case: Missouri Court of Appeals upholds Judgment denying spousal support when sufficient property is awarded Wife appeals from the trial court’s judgment that dissolved her marriage with Husband, divided marital property and marital debt, and denied her an award of maintenance. Wife challenges only the trial court’s denial of an award of maintenance. Judgment… Continue Reading

10 facts about divorce that every divorcing parent should consider

Posted in Family Law, Getting a Divorce, Marriage and Family
The following points are from a recent article on today.com, published by a divorce mediator.  If you are in the middle of a divorce or contemplating a divorce in Missouri, these are all excellent points to think about. 10 facts about divorce you should consider: 1.     Even if you are the one who wants to… Continue Reading

Parenting plan must have written time schedule and address holidays

Posted in Child Custody and Visitation, Custody and Visitation, Divorce, Getting a Divorce, Legal Separation
Recent Case:  Missouri parenting plans must have specific, written parenting time schedule and must address holidays. Mother appeals from a judgment entered in the Circuit Court of Atchison County dissolving her marriage to Father. Mother challenges the trial court’s designation of Father’s home as the child’s residence for school and mailing purposes and its division… Continue Reading

What is a “Foreign Divorce”?

Posted in Getting a Divorce
A divorce obtained in a different state or country from the place where one spouse resides at the time of the divorce. As a general rule, foreign divorces are recognized as valid if the spouse requesting the divorce became a resident of the state or country granting the divorce, and if both parties consented to… Continue Reading


Posted in Getting a Divorce
A situation in which the partners in a married couple live apart. Spouses are said to be living apart if they no longer reside in the same dwelling, even though they may continue their relationship. A legal separation results when the parties separate and a court rules on the division of property, such as alimony… Continue Reading

No-Fault Divorce

Posted in Getting a Divorce
Any divorce in which the spouse who wants to split up does not have to accuse the other of wrongdoing, but can simply state that the couple no longer gets along. Until no-fault divorce arrived in the 1970s, the only way a person could get a divorce was to prove that the other spouse was… Continue Reading


Posted in Getting a Divorce
A conflict in personalities that makes married life together impossible. In a number of states, incompatibility is the accepted reason for a no-fault divorce. Copyright © 2005 Nolo… Continue Reading

How does an annulment differ from a divorce?

Posted in Getting a Divorce
Like a divorce, an annulment is a court procedure that dissolves a marriage. But, unlike a divorce, an annulment treats the marriage as though it never happened. For some people, divorce carries a stigma, and they would rather their marriage be annulled. Others prefer an annulment because it may be easier to remarry in their… Continue Reading

What is an Uncontested Divorce?

Posted in Getting a Divorce
A divorce automatically granted by a court when the spouse who is served with a summons and complaint for divorce fails to file a formal response with the court. Many divorces proceed this way when the spouses have worked everything out and there’s no reason for both to go to court — and pay the… Continue Reading

Changing Your Name After Divorce

Posted in Getting a Divorce
I took my husband’s name when I married, but now we’re getting divorced and I’d like to return to my former name. How do I do that? In most states, you can request that the judge handling your divorce make a formal order restoring your former or birth name. If your divorce decree contains such… Continue Reading