Sainte Genevieve Family Law Blog

How to prevent a child custody battle in Missouri

As you face the termination of your marriage, are you worried about the impending battles you and your ex will have? When there are children, usually the most contentious aspect is figuring out the parenting time schedule.

The stereotypical scenario is parents fighting it out in court for months and getting the children involved in the argument, but this does not have to be your story. You can take steps now to prevent a child custody battle in your Missouri divorce.

3 tips for protecting your assets during marriage

As you get ready for your wedding, you are probably feeling a mixture of excitement and discomfort. While it is an exhilarating time, you may have concerns about your finances. Preparing for marriage requires tough financial decisions and awkward conversations. 

This is especially true if you have significant wealth. How can you protect your assets and discuss finances without making your fianc√© feel hurt? Check out the following methods for safeguarding your money and property during marriage. 

How to get a favorable divorce settlement

One common pitfall of divorce in the St. Louis area involves divorce settlement. Many separating couples believe they deserve to receive what they want in their settlements. Little do they realize that divorces rarely end up that way. If you and your spouse cannot agree to a divorce settlement, the courts will do it for you. 

Many divorces become chaotic because couples cannot agree on how to separate their finances. It is possible for you to get most of what you want out of your separation, but you must be willing to negotiate. To avoid leaving your relationship with an unfavorable financial settlement, you should consider the following information. 

Why you should have a prenuptial agreement

If you recently accepted your partner's proposal for marriage, congratulations. As you start planning your wedding with close friends and loved ones in St. Louis and the Jefferson County areas, be sure to think ahead beyond the honeymoon. You may feel so in love with your partner that you cannot fathom the idea of separation or divorce. Though you have committed yourself to your soon-to-be spouse and are ready to spend the rest of your life with him or her, life happens. When you go through divorce or death, sometimes what appears to be the strongest of relationships comes to an end. 

You should prepare for anything life throws your way, especially if it is a divorce. If you and your spouse have personal or business assets, it is a good idea for you to enter into a prenuptial agreement. It gives you and your partner the opportunity to preserve your wealth, protect your interests and eliminate surprises in divorce. Here are some things for you to consider about prenuptial agreements

How does Missouri divide property in a divorce?

Divorce comes with a long and unpleasant to-do list. At the top of the list is probably figuring out child custody. After dividing your parenting time with your ex, you next have to worry about the division of your property.

You may wonder what exactly this entails and which assets you should fight for. Although much of it depends on your personal circumstances, understanding the basics of Missouri law is a good place to start.

3 reasons to consider divorce mediation instead of litigation

Getting a divorce can be a scary thought. How will you deal with all the toxicity? If you are concerned about hostile court battles, you may want to consider mediation instead. When you mediate your divorce, you and your spouse try to resolve issues together with the help of a third party. 

Even if you are not sure about your willingness to compromise yet, you should heavily consider mediation, because it comes with a variety of benefits. Here are the ways that mediation can help your divorce go more smoothly than you think is possible. 

How to protect assets in a divorce without hiding them

The division of property in a divorce is normally highly contentious. With so many factors that determine equitable distribution, you may not receive as much as you hope for, nor the things you wanted.

Unfortunately, this leads to many spouses hiding assets before or during divorce. This illegal act can cause you to lose even more, but you may not know what else to do to protect important assets. The good news is you have options that do not entail breaking the law.

Spousal maintenance in Missouri

Couples about to begin the divorce process often have concerns about several important topics, including spousal maintenance, which is also known as alimony. Areas of concern typically include establishing who can get maintenance, how courts determine appropriate amounts and whether it is possible to make changes later depending on circumstances.

Missouri law allows judges a wide range of discretion in making decisions about maintenance. Unlike child support, the law does not provide specific calculations.

Divorce mediation in Missouri

People often approach divorce proceedings thinking they have a choice between agreeing on everything and filing for an uncontested divorce, or having to battle out any disagreements in the courtroom. Many states, including Missouri, promote divorce mediation as an alternative way to resolve disputes without engaging in financially and emotionally draining litigation.

A divorce mediator acts as a neutral third party to facilitate discussion and compromise concerning contentious issues. Even couples who have trouble communicating can benefit from mediation. Working with a mediator can allow the couple to deescalate emotional tension and stay focused on productive discussion.

Helping children deal with two homes

Divorce is difficult for everyone, and the transitional period immediately following a separation or divorce can prove especially taxing for any children involved. In addition to adjusting to the obvious change of their parents no longer being with one another, children of divorced couples typically must also learn to adjust to living in two different homes. While there is no magic formula for minimizing the emotional impact your divorce may have on your child, there are some key steps you can take to help ease the transition and make both parents' residences feel like home. Consider taking the following actions.


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