Frequently asked questions about divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

Missouri residents and others may have many questions about how to get a divorce. For example, they may be wondering how much it will cost to end their marriage. In most cases, uncontested divorces will cost less than contested divorces. However, even if a case is resolved through mediation, it may be necessary to pay for a lawyer and other professionals who will help negotiate an agreement. Generally speaking, there is no way to prevent a divorce from happening.

Assuming that the state’s requirements have been met, an individual may petition to dissolve a marriage at any time and for any reason. In most cases, the terms of a divorce settlement will not be influenced by the fact that a spouse committed adultery during the marriage. However, it may be used as leverage when negotiating the terms of the settlement.

It is important to mention that a divorce is different than a separation. If a couple is separated, they are still considered to be legally married. A separation may be ideal for those who want to remain on a spouse’s health plan or obtain other benefits that they may be entitled to while married. If a couple had children during their marriage, a court may craft a child custody order based on what is in the child’s best interest.

While each divorce is unique, there may be certain issues that come up frequently when individuals choose to end their marriage. An attorney may be able to explain how child custody is determined as well as why a person may or may not be entitled to spousal support. Legal counsel might be able to talk more about how property is divided in a divorce and which assets could be split in a given case.

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