On a scale of stressful events, divorce ranks second only to the death of a spouse. This is true even if both parties agree that a divorce is in their best interest. The stress is compounded when there are children involved. Decisions have to be made about property distribution, child custody, visitation and support as well as spousal support.
Missouri is an equitable distribution state, which means that the family court divides property according to what it deems is fair. This does not necessarily mean an equal division. The attorneys at the Bertrand Law Firm, serving essentially all Missouri counties, including Cape Girardeau, Perry, Bollinger, Scott, Mississippi, Stoddard, Butler, and all others, will help you present to the court your proposal for a fair property settlement.
Other issues that fall under the purveyance of the family law court include:
- Modification of court orders: Court orders are considered final. There are some situations in family law that require modification of those orders. Either party may petition the court for the modification of any order if there has been a substantial change in circumstances of one of the parties or of the children.
- Paternity: Children are entitled to know who their biological parent is. Mothers need to verify who the father is in order to collect child support. A father needs to confirm he is a child’s father in order to establish visitation and other parental rights. The family law court may order paternity testing when there is a conflict and a man asserts he is not the father when a mother says he is, or when the reverse occurs: A man claims to be the father and the mother say he is not.
- Adoption: Missouri has its own set of adoption rules. Whether you are adopting a step-child, foster child, newborn baby, older child or one with special needs, you need the assistance of experienced adoption attorneys. You will find them at the Bertrand Law Firm, LLC.