In the state of Missouri, it is required for spouses seeking a divorce to have lived in the state for 90 days. As a no-fault state, it is not necessary for the spouses to prove fault against one another, however adultery, extended separation or abandonment, or criminal activity can affect how the court decides the marriage should be terminated.
Whatever the reason for pursuing a Missouri divorce, our clients typically have several questions about the divorce process and want to know more about their rights and legal obligations before and after the divorce is finalized. At Coyne, Cundiff and Hillemann, PC, our St. Charles County divorce attorneys educate our clients on some of the legal issues raised by divorce as well as what a client can expect from the divorce proceedings in St. Louis and St. Charles County including the time frames, the procedure, and how much the entire process will cost.
Getting a divorce requires compromise on many issues including asset and debt division, adoption, child support and custody, alimony, among many other matters. Not all divorcing couples can agree on the terms of their divorce and many don't agree on the need for a divorce at all.
When it comes to divorce there are two categories your situation calls into: contested or uncontested divorce.
Uncontested divorce: the couple agrees on most issues and are able to come to their own conclusion. Uncontested divorces are often quicker than contested divorce and likely won’t require a trial.
Contested divorce: the couple is unable to agree on the terms of their divorce and must be settled in court by a judge. Contested divorce is sometimes unavoidable and can take a considerably longer time to be finalized.
Contested divorce is often emotionally charged. Having experienced attorneys by your side to fight for you is crucial to ensuring you get the best possible outcome. Our attorneys are well-experienced in divorce proceedings and are here to support and help you.
In Missouri, it isn’t necessary for either party of the divorce to have been at fault. If it isn’t reasonable that the marriage can be kept together, then it can be broken.
When someone is ready to terminate a marriage contract, he or she will need the assistance of a competent and experienced divorce lawyer from our family law firm. If a divorce cannot be settled through mediation, we are not afraid to take the case before a judge in order to look out for our client's best interests as the divorce is finalized.
Our St. Louis divorce attorneys help our clients mediate the following issues involved in their divorce: