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Understanding The Divorce Process – St. Louis Divorce Attorney

If you are considering getting a divorce, it is imperative to retain the services of a St. Louis divorce attorney to help you navigate the process.

Missouri is a “no-fault” divorce state, meaning that there does not have to be a specific reason or misconduct by either party involved in order to seek a divorce. Divorces can be highly emotional and challenging for all parties involved, which is why it is important to seek the counsel of a St. Louis divorce attorney who can help you in the process.

A divorce may be granted if the marriage is determined to be irretrievably broken. In the case the respondent does not agree the marriage is irretrievably broken, the petitioner must prove at least one of the following:

  • The respondent committed adultery;
  • The respondent behaved with intolerable cruelty;
  • The respondent abandoned the petitioner for at least six months prior to filing for divorce;
  • Both parties have lived separately and apart by mutual agreement for at least 12 months prior to filing; or
  • The parties have lived separate and apart for a continuous period of at least 24 months before filing.

Both parties must be residents of Missouri for at least 90 days prior to filing a petition for divorce. Once that condition is met, they may file in any county one of the parties resides in. You must wait at least 30 days after filing the petition for divorce before a court will grant it.

In Missouri, all properties are divided in a fair and equitable manner based on a judge’s ruling. Many factors will be considered including each person’s economic circumstances and contributions to the home as well as who has custody of the children. The courts must also decide on spousal support or alimony to be paid, child support and child custody. Divorces can be very challenging and it is imperative to retain the services of an aggressive St. Louis divorce attorney who can fight for you and help you get a fair settlement.

Divorce Problems? Contact a St. Louis Divorce Attorney Today

Call (314) 541-7421 for Free Legal Consultation About Your Case

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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


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