Troy, Missouri Family Attorneys in Lincoln County, MO
From our office in Lincoln County Troy, at 20 Centerline Drive, Troy, Missouri 63379, we represent clients in family law matters in Lincoln County, Missouri. At Stange Law Firm, PC, we only practice in the area of family law. We have the knowledge and skill to zealously advocate for you in your family law matter.
To learn more about the Lincoln County Family Court, please visit the following link:
- Missouri Judiciary on Lincoln County Court: Judiciary information regarding Lincoln County Court.
- Lincoln County Court: Lincoln County courthouse rules.
- Directions to Lincoln County Court: View a map of the Lincoln County courthouse.
- Child Support Estimate: Are you wishing you knew what the estimated cost was going to be for your child support payments in Missouri? Click here to use the calculator provided!
Your Troy, MO Family Law Attorneys in Lincoln County
To schedule a confidential initial consultation with our passionate, bold Lincoln County family law attorneys, call 636-487-0088 or contact our law firm online.
From our webpage, you can also read articles about family law, view informational videos, and seminar videos, listen to our podcast, download our mobile application, or view support calculators for Missouri and Illinois.
Lincoln County, Missouri Family Lawyers Handling a Broad Range of Domestic Relations Matters in Troy, Missouri
When you choose a lawyer to handle family law matters, you want someone who understands the pitfalls of family law, and our attorneys fully understand the complexities of a family law case because we do not practice in other areas.
Our knowledge of family law helps us reach successful outcomes in a variety of issues, including:
- Divorce and separation in Lincoln County: We offer attorneys who can assist in your divorce and separation in Lincoln County.
- Lincoln County High Asset Divorce Attorneys: Find a high-asset divorce attorney in Lincoln County.
- Prenuptial and postnuptial in Lincoln County: The attorneys at our firm can help you draft prenuptial and postnuptial agreements in Lincoln County.
- Paternity in Lincoln County: Click here to find more information about paternity matters and how our attorneys can assist.
- Lincoln County Guardianships and conservatorships: The attorneys in Lincoln County can assist with your guardianship and conservatorship matters.
- Surrogacy in Lincoln County: The lawyers at our firm represent clients in their surrogacy matters in Lincoln County.
- Lincoln County Step-parent adoption: Adopting a step-child is an important matter. Our attorneys in Troy, MO can help.
- Adoption in Lincoln County: Find adoption information here.
- Lincoln County Minor Emancipation Attorneys: Find a minor emancipation attorney in Lincoln County to assist.
- Grandparents’ rights in Lincoln County: Our attorneys can assist grandparents and their rights to see their grandchildren.
- Appeals in Lincoln County: The attorneys at our firm can help you with your family law appeals in Troy, Missouri.
- Lincoln County Mediation and Collaborative Family Lawyers: Mediation and Collaborative family law attorneys in Lincoln County.
- Child Support in Lincoln County: We represent clients with their child support matters.
- Child Custody in Lincoln County, MO: Do you have a child custody matter? Our experienced attorneys can assist.
- Lincoln County Juvenile Matters: We represent clients in Troy, MO in their juvenile cases.
- Modifications in Lincoln County: The attorneys at our firm can assist with your modifications in Lincoln County.
- Lincoln County Contempt and family access motions: We represent clients in contempt and family access motions in Troy, MO.
- Military Divorce in Lincoln County: We are honored to represent you and your military divorce case in Troy, Missouri.
- Name Change in Lincoln County: Stange Law Firm, PC can walk you through every step of the way when it comes to legally changing your name.
- Lincoln County Orders of Protection Lawyers: The attorneys at our firm want you to feel safe. Our Lincoln County protection lawyers can assist.
- Same-Sex Divorce in Lincoln County: We represent clients in their same-sex divorce issues in Lincoln County.
Our attorneys have received numerous awards and accolades for divorce and family law as outlined in their biographies. As a couple of examples, Founding Partner Kirk Stange has been named a Super Lawyers Honoree since 2015 and Managing Partner Kelly Davidzuk has been named a Rising Stars Honoree since 2020.
What is Family Law in Troy, 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 Lincoln 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 Troy, 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 settle 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 Lincoln 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 Troy, 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 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 Lincoln 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 Troy, 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 Lincoln 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 Lincoln County/Troy, Missouri Family Law Attorney for a Consultation
When you have a family law concern in Lincoln County or anywhere in the surrounding areas, contact us online or by phone to schedule a confidential consultation at any of our convenient locations, including:
Lincoln County (Troy), MO Office: 636-487-0088 Click to learn more about this location. 20 Centerline Drive, Troy, Missouri 63379.