Missouri Divorce & Family Law Blog

Missouri Divorce & Family Law Blog

for Missourians struggling with divorce and family law matters

Category Archives: Marriage and Living Together

Subscribe to Marriage and Living Together RSS Feed

Domestic Partnership does not constitute marriage for termination of spousal support (aka alimony)

Posted in Alimony / Maintenance, Divorce, Financial Issues, Marriage, Modifications, Trials
Recent case: Missouri law states that remarriage terminates spousal support unless expressly agreed or ordered otherwise. Domestic partnership does not qualify for this purpose. Ex-Husband appeals the circuit court’s judgment denying his motion to terminate or modify maintenance. First, movant argues that the circuit court erred in denying his motion to terminate maintenance because his… Continue Reading

Same Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional in Missouri; Same Sex Couples Marry in Kansas City and St. Louis

Posted in Family Law, Living Together - Cohabitation, Marriage, Marriage and Family, Marriage and Living Together, Same Sex Couple Issues
A federal judge in Kansas City ruled on Friday that Missouri’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution in a decision that would extend the right of gay couples to marry across Missouri. U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith found that the Missouri ban ran afoul of the Constitution’s guarantees of due process and equal… Continue Reading

Missouri Attorney General issues statement on same-sex marriages

Posted in Living Together - Cohabitation, Marriage and Family, Marriage and Living Together, Same Sex Couple Issues
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today issued the following statement related to the St. Louis Recorder of Deeds issuing marriage licenses to several same-sex couples: “While I personally support the goal of marriage equality, my duty as Attorney General is to defend the laws of the state of Missouri. While many people… Continue Reading

When Does an Engagement Ring Have to Be Returned?

Posted in Marriage
Long after the heartbreak has healed, one nagging question often remains: Who gets to keep the ring? The engagement is over. In addition to the sorrow, the heartbroken must deal with the return of the deposits left with the caterer, the florist, and the dressmaker. But when all that dust has cleared, one rankling question… Continue Reading

Domestic Partnership Benefits

Posted in Living Together - Cohabitation
Learn about the benefits of domestic partnerships — and whether they may be available to you. Despite the fact that it’s estimated only 10% of American families are made up of a working husband, a stay-at-home wife, and children, our legal and social systems still provide benefits and protections based on that model. Having been… Continue Reading

Living Together Contracts

Posted in Living Together - Cohabitation
Learn what a living together contract is and whether or not you need one. A contract is no more than an agreement to do (or not to do) something. Marriage is a contractual relationship, even though the “terms” of the contract are rarely stated explicitly or even known by the marrying couple. Saying “I do”… Continue Reading

Do We Need a Lawyer to Make a Prenuptial Agreement?

Posted in Prenuptial Agreements
by Shae Irving & Attorney-Mediator Katherine E. Stoner It may sound surprising coming from advocates of self-help law, but yes, you do need a lawyer when making a prenuptial agreement. If you want to end up with a clear and binding premarital agreement, you should get help from a good lawyer. In fact, you will… Continue Reading

Is a Prenuptial Agreement Right for You?

Posted in Prenuptial Agreements
By Shae Irving & Attorney-Mediator Katherine E. Stoner These steps will help you decide whether a prenuptial agreement makes sense for you. Whether to have a prenup is as personal and unique a decision as whether to marry in the first place. Here are a couple of things you can do to figure out whether… Continue Reading

Marriage Rights and Benefiits

Posted in Marriage
Learn some of the legal and practical ways that getting married changes your life. Whether or not you favor marriage as a social institution, there’s no denying that it confers many rights, protections, and benefits — both legal and practical. Some of these vary from state to state, but the list typically includes: Tax Benefits… Continue Reading