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Attorney Fees in a Divorce

A litigant is typically responsible for his/her own attorney fees in a lawsuit. This frequently has the practical effect of making litigation not so much about the merits of a case, but, instead, more about the cost of enforcement or defense versus the likelihood of success and exposure at trial. In Missouri, the two main…

Joint Legal Custody & Sole Legal Custody

Missouri Revised Statutes 452.375 is the primary statutory section on point relating to custody. Custody is the umbrella term that can, without qualification, refer to physical custody and legal custody. The former is which parent/guardian actually has the child with him/her; the latter refers to which parent/guardian has decision-making power regarding the child. The presumption…

Legal Separation

Flowing from concerns regarding the finality of a dissolution of marriage proceeding, one of the more common questions posited by potential clients regards whether filing for legal separation, rather than divorce, is best. Quite obviously, the ultimate decision as to whether divorce is appropriate versus a legal separation is appropriate is up to the client…

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