St. Louis County Divorce Representation
How to Get a Divorce in Missouri
The decision to divorce is never easy and the process can be complicated, especially if there are minor children or marital property disputes. At Cavanagh & Associates, our primary goal is to guide our clients through the process and advocate for their best interests. With more than 50 years of legal experience handling divorce in St. Louis, we fight to get the best decision for every client.
The Process of Divorce in Missouri
The simplified process is as follows:
- The first step in a divorce is for one party to file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, stating that the marriage is irretrievably broken. At least one party must be a resident of Missouri for at least 90 days.
- Once the required documentation has been filed, a 30-day mandatory waiting period is required before a court hearing.
- During the hearing, the spouses present their arguments and the court will enter orders concerning child custody, child support, spousal support, and division of marital property.
Whether you intend to file a Petition for Dissolution or need to respond to a petition filed by your spouse, our lawyer can help. Many issues must be decided during a divorce, depending on the situation and whether the couple has children or not. It is wise to have a legal advocate by your side who can help you understand the best decisions to make for you and your family.
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Elements of Your Divorce That We Can Handle
Our legal services include, but are not limited to:
- Pre-divorce consultation
- Mediation/collaborative divorce
- Dissolution of marriage
- Marital misconduct
- Division of property
- Spousal support
- Child support
- Child custody
- Post-judgment actions
Our practiced attorney can advise you and look out for your best interests in the division of property and assets, spousal support, child support, and custody of minor children.
What Are the Costs Associated with Divorce?
Divorce costs fluctuate depending on the complexity of the case and whether it’s contested. Still, there are some standard fees that you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse can anticipate. Missouri divorces will incur costs including:
- Verifying the divorce petition, which banks do for varying fees
- Filing fees, which typically cost $145
- Service fees, which cost $36 and are incurred if an officer must serve your spouse
In addition to the formal fees associated with the process, it’s important to recognize the long-term financial impact divorce can have. Assets are split, alimony may be owed, and debt is divided, possibly leaving you with some of your partner’s debt if you’re unprotected by a prenup.
Many are averse to hiring an attorney, viewing it as just another cost in what could be an already expensive process. While this may be true short-term, handling the matter independently could lead to further fees down the road if legal intervention is needed to resolve a mistake made during the finalization of your DIY-divorce. Save yourself the stress, money, and time by calling on Cavanagh & Associates.
How an Attorney Can Help You With Divorce in MO
At Cavanagh & Associates, we counsel our clients thoroughly about their complex family law issues in dispute, helping them consider the most rational tactics for dispute resolution. When it is not possible to avoid a fight, we have the skill to win that fight. Regardless of how your divorce dispute is resolved, we always work to protect your legal interests and guide you through the process as easily and painlessly as possible.
Get the advice you need during a consultation. Call (314) 309-2799 to schedule an appointment.
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