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Why Can't We Share a Lawyer?

One lawyer cannot represent both the Husband and Wife in a divorce action. It is unethical. Imagine a pitcher also trying to play the position of catcher. It just can’t be done. What about my ...
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The Top 10 Reasons why you shouldn't go to court

I know some of you won't like this post. You're thinking I'm not tough enough, I'm lazy, and I don't understand what you've been through. As your divorce lawyer, I've been ...
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The Football Draft of Divvying Up Household Goods

Having trouble dividing up your household goods? Try the good ole' football draft. Here is how it works: 1. Walk through the house and make a list of everything. 2. Each spouse independently puts ...
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How You Can Help the Person Getting Divorced

As a divorce lawyer, it's often not just the client that we deal with but the client's friends and family. Those well-intentioned friends and family often don't know how to help so ...
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I'm Divorced - Now What?

Now that you are divorced here is a checklist of items that you should make sure you take care of. These items relate only to property and debt and do not include custody or child support which is ...
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To All the Cheaters in the World-A Secret Message From Your Divorce Lawyer

Here is what your divorce lawyer isn't saying but wishes you knew when it comes to you cheating on your spouse: 1. We get it. You cheated. A lot of marriages fall apart for this reason. Quit ...
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Preparing for a Custody Case

So you think that you will be in court soon fighting over custody or child support. What should you be doing? Here are some things to think about that may help you: 1. Consider putting the kids in ...
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Tips for Getting Along with the EX

Taken from Dr. Judith Ruskay Rabinor, Ph.D. here are some tips for developing a better relationship with your former spouse: 1. Create a vision of the family you want to create. You are no longer ...
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What is a Temporary Order?

Temporary orders, also called pendente lite orders, are orders that are only in effect while your divorce or custody case is pending. Once final orders are made temporary orders go away. Either party ...
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Tips for Keeping the Marriage Together

So often I write about what to do when you get divorced and how to best handle situations that arise during the middle of the divorce. However, I came across an interesting post by Dan Pearce titled ...
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Should I Be the First to File for Divorce?

The answer to this question is it depends. In some states the first person to file has a choice of more than one court. When determining what county in Missouri your case will be heard in is disputed ...
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What is a Guardian ad Litem and Why Do I Have One?

A Guardian ad Litem is a licensed attorney appointed by the court to protect the interests of a minor child or children in a custody case. Guardian ad Litems are required to take additional classes ...
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Will My Child Be Called to Testify in Court?

Parents often want to know if their child will be called to testify in court. The answer to this question is that in Missouri it is left to the discretion of the judge hearing your case. In general, ...
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At What Age Does My Child Get to Decide?

I recently posted about children testifying in court. This goes hand in hand with one of the most common questions I am asked which is at what age does my child get to decide where he or she wants to ...
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What is Attorney Client Privilege and What Does it Mean to Me in My Divorce?

Information that you provide to your attorney concerning your case and the information and advice that your attorney provides to you is confidential and protected from disclosure. The purpose of the ...
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Tips about Attorney Fees

Here are some tips about Attorney Fees: 1. Ask upfront about your attorney's hourly rate and what you will be billed for. Never be afraid to ask the attorney to work on a slightly lower hourly ...
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How to Have Your Correct Gender Identity Recognized in Missouri

With the recent revocation of the Obama Administration's federal guidelines protecting transgendered students, the few other protections afforded to transgendered individuals under existing law ...
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Recent Poll Shows Possible Drop in Support of Supreme Court's Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

The Associated Press has conducted an online survey to determine if supporters of same-sex marriage legalization were standing their ground amidst all the controversy and protests. The poll – ...
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Are payments in stock considered part of my income for child support purposes?

In a recent case decided by the Western District Court of Appeals the Court found that payment in stock may be included in a parent's gross income for determining child support when the stock ...
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Why College Kids need to keep their Parents informed

Missouri law surrounding payment of child support and college expenses for children between the ages of 18-21 is confusing. What we do know is that in order for a child to continue receiving child ...
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Hey Dad--Get a Step Down Child Support Order

What is a step down child support order? A step down child support order is an order that applies to child support being paid for multiple children. The order specifically states that as the oldest ...
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Can my spouse receive part of my stock options in our divorce?

Stock options can often be valuable assets that come up in the midst of property division in a divorce. The leading case on stock options in Missouri is Warner v. Warner, 46 S.W. 3d 591 (Mo. App. W.D. ...
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Can my spouse get half of my severance package?

While severance packages are not that common they do come up in divorce cases from time to time. Under Missouri law the answer to whether a spouse can get half of a severance package is based on what ...
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Statistics related to Mediation

These statistics were compiled by Top Counseling Schools.org, divorce.usu.edu, census.gov, mediate.com, divorceinfo.com, ncronline.com and mckinleyirvin.com. Nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce. ...
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Can I Get All the Property in My Divorce?

We often hear stories about how one spouse received all of the assets in his or her divorce. Things like "she really took him to the cleaners" or "he was lucky to get the shirt on his ...
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