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.
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.
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.