Family Lawyers in Jefferson County, Missouri in Arnold and Serving Hillsboro
For those who live in Jefferson County, Missouri, family is what is most important. When the family experiences turmoil and that foundation is shaken, it can cause hardship. Fortunately, an experienced family lawyer can help guide you through the maze of legal issues that affect your family.
At Stange Law Firm, PC, we exclusively represent clients in domestic relations matters, which gives us the experience to better even the most complex, sophisticated, and serious family law matters. From our office in Arnold, Missouri, we are a law firm you can trust and rely on to get you through this hard time.
We are prepared to help you with any aspect of family law, including:
- Divorce and separation in Jefferson County: Our attorneys are experienced in divorce and separation matters and can assist.
- High Asset Divorce in Jefferson County: We have the legal staff to help protect your assets in your high-asset divorce case.
- Jefferson County Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements: Our lawyers can help draft prenuptial and postnuptial agreements for your marriage.
- Paternity in Jefferson County: Our knowledgeable attorneys can help during your paternity matter.
- Jefferson County Guardianships and conservatorships: Our legal staff has the knowledge and devotion to assist in your guardianship and conservatorship case in Jefferson County.
- Surrogacy in Jefferson County: surrogacy cases can be a difficult process, and our attorneys can assist.
- Jefferson County Step-parent adoption: Our Jefferson County lawyers can help you with adopting your step-children.
- Adoption in Jefferson County, MO: Adoption is an exciting time in one’s life. Our attorney can help in making the process smoother.
- Jefferson County Minor emancipation: The attorneys at Stange Law Firm, PC can help with either the teen’s or the parent’s side in minor emancipation.
- Jefferson County Grandparents’ Rights Lawyers: We represent grandparents’ rights matters.
- Appeals in Jefferson County: Our attorneys represent appeals in Jefferson County.
- Jefferson County Mediation and Collaborative Family Law: Stange Law Firm, PC has lawyers who are trained in mediation and collaborative family law practices.
- Child Support in Jefferson County, Missouri: Our attorneys have the knowledge to guide you through your child support matter in Jefferson County.
- Child Custody in Jefferson County: Child custody in Jefferson County can be difficult, and our attorneys can help.
- Jefferson County Juvenile Matters Attorneys: We represent juvenile matters in Jefferson County.
- Modifications in Jefferson County: In need of a modification? Our attorneys in Jefferson County can assist.
- Jefferson County Contempt and family access motions: Our attorneys represent contempt and family access motions cases in Jefferson County.
- Military Divorce in Jefferson County: Our attorneys are more than happy to assist clients with their military divorce cases.
- Name Change in Jefferson County: The legal staff at our firm can help with legally changing your name.
- Jefferson County Orders of Protection: Feeling safe is only necessary, and that’s why our attorneys can help with your orders of protection.
- Same-Sex Divorce in Jefferson County: We represent same-sex divorces in Jefferson County.
You can learn more about the Jefferson County Courts that serve Arnold by visiting the following links:
- Jefferson County Government in Hillsboro, Missouri: Jefferson County’s main website.
- Jefferson County Missouri Judiciary in Hillsboro, MO: Click to view the Jefferson County Missouri Judiciary that is located in Hillsboro, MO.
- Directions to Jefferson County Courthouse: Google Maps directions to the Jefferson County Courthouse.
- Child Support Estimate: This link can help you figure out an estimate of how much your child support may be in Jefferson County.
To schedule a confidential initial consultation with our family law attorneys in Jefferson County, call 636-296-3060 or contact our law firm online.
Handling the Full Range of Domestic Relations Matters in Jefferson County, Missouri
When you choose a law firm to represent you, you want someone who has local legal knowledge. Family court judges in Jefferson County have different expectations than those in other counties, and our attorneys fully understand what judges at the Jefferson County Courthouse want to see in even the most difficult cases.
Our attorneys have received numerous awards and accolades for divorce and family law as outlined in their biographies. For example, both partners at our law firm have been recognized as Super Lawyer Rising Stars for Family Law. Kirk Stange has also been recognized as a Top 10 Family Law Attorney in Missouri by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.
What is Family Law in Arnold, MO?
Family law refers to the practice of helping individuals with family relationships. It includes helping families pick up the pieces of their lives while guiding them through this difficult time. Family law matters may include the dissolution of marriage, child custody and child support matters, adoption, paternity, and father’s rights issues. Because of the nature of these matters, family law cases tend to be very emotional and strenuous for the parties involved. At Stange Law Firm, PC, our attorneys are there to assist their clients through this difficult process. Family law practice may involve any of the following topics:
Divorce in Jefferson County
Divorce is the process of breaking the bonds of marriage. When parties get married, they form a legal relationship. If they decide that they would no longer like to be a part of this relationship, they must file the necessary paperwork with the courts.
Based on the state in which the divorce is being filed, the rules and procedures may vary. While all states allow for no-fault divorce, some states require a period of separation. Be advised that most states also have residency requirements that come into play when filing for dissolution.
Each state has its guidelines for how to divide assets and debts in a divorce, but the rules are similar in most states. In most cases, the court looks to make an equitable division of the assets. This doesn’t necessarily mean dividing the assets is equal for both parties. The court can look at things like the parties’ contributions to the marriage, the length of the marriage, and the needs of each party after the divorce. Misconduct such as infidelity or domestic abuse can also play into the court’s decision in terms of property and debt division and spousal maintenance.
Divorce is Civil Litigation in Arnold, MO
Divorce cases are heard in state court. Similar to other forms of civil litigation, parties may work to gather evidence through depositions, interrogatories, and subpoenas. Parties may also participate in mediation sessions, the collaborative process, and other forms of conflict resolution. In many scenarios, cases may be settled before a trial. However, some cases that involve contested divorces, high assets, and certain other factors may have to go to trial.
Maintenance and Spousal Support in Jefferson County
One of the most difficult issues in a divorce case is often maintenance and spousal support (previously referred to as alimony). Some states use a formula to determine the amount of support. In other cases, it’s left to the judge’s discretion. Even in cases where the court uses a formula, it’s still important to make sure that the court uses the proper procedures to arrive at the correct amount of support.
One of the considerations for spousal support is the length of the marriage. Other factors include the parent’s ability to pay support and the amount of debt that was jointly accumulated. The court also takes into account the age of the parties involved and their ability to work. Finally, they consider the misconduct of either party. The family lawyers at Stange Law Firm, PC work to present evidence of these factors to the court for them to be able to reach the best possible result.
Pre and Post-nuptial Agreements in Arnold, MO
A prenuptial agreement is a contract that parties sign before they get married. Prenuptial agreements should contain detailed descriptions of the significant property and debts owned by each partner. Depending on the nature and complexity of these assets, a prenuptial agreement can be just a few pages – or a few hundred. At Stange Law Firm, we draft each prenuptial so that it meets the exact needs of our clients. Some matters can’t be included in a prenuptial agreement like child custody and child support agreements. Otherwise, the parties can create an agreement that outlines matters like separate property, distribution of the assets, and spousal support in the event of a divorce. When the parties enter into this kind of agreement after they get married, it’s a postnuptial agreement.
Child Custody in Jefferson County
Child custody is one of the most deliberated and emotional areas of family law. When it comes to custody of the child, most states base their decisions on the best interests of the child. The court takes into account which parent has the greater relationship with the child, whether or not each parent can provide a stable home environment for the child, and whether either parent has a history of substance abuse or a criminal background.
If a parenting plan can be established by the parents, the court will usually follow this agreement. However, if the parents cannot agree, the family lawyers at Stange Law Firm, PC will present evidence to the court regarding the child’s best interests. This might involve presenting school records, testimony of a psychologist or substance abuse counselor, criminal records, and even medical records. Our attorneys will work to gather the necessary evidence, while also ensuring to consider the rules of evidence that are applicable in the particular local jurisdiction.
Legal and Physical Custody in Arnold, MO
Most states divide custody into legal custody and physical custody. Physical custody is who actually, physically has the child at any given time. Legal custody is who makes major decisions about the child. Physical custody and legal custody can be shared between the parties, or the court may award primary custody to one of the parents. It’s also possible to share one type of custody without sharing the other.
Family lawyers must understand how the courts determine custody in their jurisdiction because rules between states can vary slightly. The family lawyers at Stange Law Firm, PC help their clients understand the law and form realistic expectations so that they can make wise decisions as their case moves forward.
Child Support in Jefferson County
Children have the right to support from both of their parents. The purpose of child support is to provide the child with financial resources as if their parents lived under one roof, although it is common in most child support matters that the child’s parents live in separate households. The courts presume that the parent who cares for the child will provide direct support for the child.
Each state has its respective formula for calculating proper child support amounts. Most of these formulas factor in each parent’s income, the allowable tax deductions and other expenses, a child’s health insurance expenses, and whether they have childcare needs. Certain states also factor in how much time each parent spends with the child, although this is not common practice by all states.
The family lawyers at Stange Law Firm, PC work with their clients to ensure the child support is fairly and accurately calculated. If the other parent attempts to hide income or is unemployed by choice, an experienced family attorney can assist their client in showing the entire situation. A family lawyer also reviews the calculations made by the court to ensure that no errors were made that could result in an unfair and inaccurate calculation of child support.
Abuse and Neglect Proceedings
Another sensitive area of family law practice involves abuse and neglect. If the state is under the assumption that a parent is not able to properly care for a child, they may choose to begin abuse and neglect proceedings. The state may represent a parent who is accused of abuse or neglect, or they might even represent a child.
When family lawyers represent clients in abuse and neglect proceedings, they are working to help defend their clients against the reports of abuse or neglect, or they are helping their clients regain custody of their children by assisting them in complying with services and other requirements. Because the standard for terminating parental rights is high, family lawyers work hard to advocate for their clients in a situation where the state is seeking to terminate those rights.
Contact a Jefferson County, Missouri Family Law Attorney Today
Contact us online or by phone to schedule a confidential consultation at any of our convenient locations including:
Jefferson County (Arnold), MO Office: 636-296-3060: Click to learn more about this location. 16 Municipal Drive, Suite C, Arnold, Missouri 63010.