Filing for Divorce in Chesterfield
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At Galmiche Law Firm, P.C., our experienced Chesterfield divorce lawyers have helped countless individuals navigate this intimidating and emotional process and secure favorable terms of their divorce. Our firm has more than three decades of collective family law legal experience. Our attorneys offer thoughtful representation and are well-versed in what needs to be done to secure the best possible results both in and outside the courtroom.
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Uncontested Divorce vs. Contested Divorce in Missouri
We're seeing more and more couples willing to put aside their differences and end their marriage in the most amicable and cost-effective way possible—by filing for an uncontested divorce. In an uncontested divorce, both parties must agree on the terms of their divorce. That means spouses must come to an understanding of various elements like property division, child custody, and so forth.
When spouses cannot come to an agreement on the terms of their divorce, the divorce is considered contested. In these cases, spouses must enter litigation and, with the help of legal counsel, present their arguments to a judge.
In both circumstances, legal counsel can help establish favorable terms for:
- The division of the marital estate
- The division of any existing debts
- How much child support is needed
- Any needed spousal support (alimony)
- How parents will share custody of the children
No one enters a marriage expecting it to one day end in divorce, but when marriages do end, it is critical that both spouses retain experienced legal counsel to see them through the process. It is critical that both parties' rights and interests are recognized and respected during the divorce procedure and that the court is made fully aware of factors that could affect these individuals' lives post-marriage.
No Fault Divorce in Missouri
The grounds for divorce in Missouri don’t require either spouse to prove a fault in the other spouse in order to justify the divorce. Instead, a couple can file for no-fault divorce. The ground for a no-fault divorce is that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” and can’t be repaired. The court must see that this is true. If the court decides that there is hope for the marriage to be repaired, then it might grant a legal separation instead.
While a spouse does not have to prove a fault in the other spouse to get a divorce, the courts might use fault-based factors when determining matters such as support or property division.
To learn more about filing for divorce in Missouri, don’t hesitate to contact our firm!
What is the Divorce Process Like in Missouri?
The process of divorce begins by filing a document that can be referred to as a complaint or petition. A copy of it will be served to your spouse, which can be done by the sheriff’s office or a process server. Your spouse will have some options as to how he or she can reply to the complaint, which can dictate the path that your divorce case takes from that point forward. For example, if the divorce is contested and you and your spouse cannot work together to negotiate a settlement, your case will have to go through litigation, which will likely result in formal court hearings.
What if I Cannot Find my Spouse During a Divorce?
If you are unsure of the whereabouts of your spouse, you will still be able to get a divorce, though it will take more time since you will have to go through a few extra steps to make it happen. First, you will have to attempt to notify your spouse that you have filed for divorce. Without knowing where he or she is, you will have to check telephone listings in the area where your spouse is last known to have lived, ask friends and family if they know of his or her whereabouts, check with the post office for a forwarding address, or check state records for driver’s license or vehicle registration. If none of these efforts yield any results, you may be able to go through a procedure known as service by publication, which will require you to obtain the court’s permission to publish a notice of the divorce in a newspaper.
Call a St. Louis Divorce Lawyer at (636) 552-4841 Today
At Galmiche Law Firm, P.C., we are well-versed in both contested and uncontested divorce procedures. No matter which route you need to take to dissolve your marriage, you can count on your St. Louis divorce attorneys to provide engaged, responsive, and assertive representation that has your long-term well-being in mind. We are ready to hear your story, assess your options, and devise a legal strategy that will help ensure that your divorce is completed as swiftly and efficiently as possible. To get started, contact us for a free, in-person consultation.
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