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Monthly Archives: May 2013

St. Louis Property Division Lawyer: Following Missouri’s Laws

Every state has its own set of marital and divorce laws.  Missouri law has very specific provisions on how property is to be divided in case of a divorce.  Determining how property should be divided can be complicate, which is why it is extremely important to have a St. Louis property division lawyer representing you throughout the entire divorce process.  Even if you and your spouse purportedly agree on division of assets you may not realize the full range of decisions that must be made and you may leave some loose ends.  Such unsettled issues can cause a court to not approve your divorce petition.  Jeffrey A. Heater is a dedicated and experienced divorce attorney who is well-versed in Missouri marital laws and can help you reach a fair agreement for your property division. Continue reading

St. Louis Prenuptial Agreement Attorney: Drafting Enforceable Prenups

Prenuptial agreements are also known as anti-nuptial agreements or premarital agreements and are often abbreviated to “prenup.”  Whatever they are called these agreements are entered into by two people who are about to marry.  The content of these agreements widely varies depending on the couple’s wishes however prenups often set out terms for spousal support or property division in the event of a future divorce.  One issue that is never allowed in prenups is child custody.  Originally courts in the United States believed that prenups corrupted marriages because they anticipated divorce from the very beginning and they would not uphold the agreements in court.  Modern courts generally recognize prenuptial agreements though courts do not always enforce the all of the provisions of the agreements.  For this reason it is imperative that you hire a St. Louis prenuptial agreement attorney to draft your agreement to ensure that it is later enforceable in court. Continue reading

St. Louis Divorce Lawyer: Uncontested v. Contested Divorces

Usually when a marriage falls apart both spouses recognize the need for a divorce.  Missouri is a no-fault divorce state which means the divorce does not need to be blamed on one particular spouse or their actions.  You can dissolve the marriage without a showing of particular wrongdoing by either party or a breach of the marriage contract.  This often makes the proceedings more peaceful with less finger-pointing or blaming.  However even though the divorce may be amicable it is still important for each spouse to have their own St. Louis divorce attorney to ensure their needs are met and rights upheld.  Also the proceedings could take a turn for the worst at any time if you disagree on certain terms. If they do you want an experienced attorney representing you. Continue reading

St. Louis Child Support Lawyer: How Child Support is Calculated in Missouri

When two people have a child together the law imposes responsibilities on both parents to provide for the needs of the child. Under Missouri law the parent with custody supports the child directly, and a court may impose a duty of child support on the parent without custody. Courts can impose a duty of child support even if the parent with custody has the means to support a child. Child support can place a significant strain on a person’s finances and can also have a significant impact on your child’s well-being. As a result it is important for anyone facing a child support issue to consult with an experienced St. Louis child support lawyer. Continue reading

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Jeffrey A. Heater
Attorney at Law

5205 Hampton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63109

Phone: (314) 541-7421

Fax: (314) 932-7672

jeff@heaterlaw.com

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