Midwest Divorce Attorney(s) Serving Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma
At Stange Law Firm, PC, we founded our practice on divorce and family law in the Midwest. We understand that individuals going through a divorce or separation may be going through an emotional time. We are here to help clients rebuild their lives through these difficult times.
When a divorce/separation is looming, then couples accuse each other of bad things. We encourage our clients to make smart decisions and to resolve matters using common sense when possible. A couple options could be collaborative divorce and mediation.
However collaborative divorce and mediation may not be the option, so you may have to prepare a case for trial. Being ready for trial could cause the settlement you are looking for. Even if an acceptable settlement offer does not ever come, being prepared for trial is very important because you want the best outcome.
Divorce Attorney(s) — Serving Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma
From uncontested or contested divorce, we have the knowledge to take on your divorce — no matter how complex. Our attorneys strictly practice divorce law and can guide our clients through the process adequately and competently.
As set forth in their biographies, many of our attorneys have received awards and accolades for divorce and family law. For example, several of of our attorneys have been listed in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine and Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine.
Divorce Attorneys Representing Individuals in the Midwest
We represent clients in all aspects of Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma divorces, from initial separations to resolution of all issues related to child custody and child support, as well as all of the financial issues in divorce, including high asset divorce, property division and spousal maintenance (alimony).
We know that each divorce case is different in many aspects. We pay attention closely and tailor our representation accordingly by offering you attorneys at various levels (from junior associate, associate, senior associate, team leader, senior team leader or partner) based on your specific needs. We have lawyers in various locations in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma.
Helpful Information for Individuals Going Through a Divorce
You can also find out the following topics on our webpage by clicking below or looking at the menus:
- High asset divorce: If you are going through a divorce and have a high net worth, our attorneys can help guide you through the process.
- Contested divorce: If you have a divorce with contested issues, we have experience with contested divorce.
- Uncontested divorce: If you and your spouse both want a divorce and need assistance with an uncontested divorce, our attorneys can help.
- What to expect at trial: If you are in the midst of a contested divorce where a trial will be necessary, our attorneys can help answer your questions and effectively represent you at trial if you need representation.
- Legal separation: Sometimes, a marriage is not working, but the parties still believe there is a reasonably likelihood it can be saved. We can help you with a legal separation if this is the case.
- Legal issues in divorce: Are you concerned with the legal issues involved in a divorce? Our attorneys can talk to you about the legal issues that might be in play in your case.
- Petitioner vs. Respondent in divorce: Parties can sometimes be confused about the difference between a Petitioner and Respondent in a dissolution of marriage. We can help explain the difference.
- Divorce FAQs: Are you wanting to find out some information about divorce? Our attorneys can help answer your questions.
- Questions for divorce attorney: Do you have questions that you want to ask a divorce attorney? Our attorneys are here to help.
- Same-sex divorce: Are you in a same-sex marriage and need help with a divorce? Our attorneys can help.
- Change of judges in divorce proceedings: Are you in the midst of a divorce and wondering whether you might be able to obtain a different judge? Find out if that is an option.
- Bankruptcy and divorce: Financial difficulties can be a leading cause of divorce. If you are have debt you cannot pay, but also need a divorce, you can talk with our attorneys about your options.
- Private investigators in divorce: In some cases, you may be interested in hiring a private investigator to prove marital misconduct, conduct detrimental to custody or to help locate hidden assets.
- Divorce counseling: Are you interested in divorce counseling? Our attorneys can help guide you in the right direction.
- Plan for divorce: Do you believe you have a divorce that is inevitably on the horizon. Our attorneys can help you plan for divorce.
- Children and divorce: If you have children and are going through a divorce, you are likely concerned about the possible affects on them.
- Marital misconduct and divorce: Are you concerned that your spouse has committed marital misconduct? You can talk to an attorney about the possible effects this can have on your divorce.
- Social media in divorce FAQ: With many utilizing social media, individuals often wonder whether they should continue to use social media or what is appropriate to post. Our attorneys can discuss this with you.
- Woman’s name change after divorce: After divorce, many wives change their name back to their maiden or former name. We can discuss your options with you.
- Divorce and insurance FAQ: If you are going through a divorce, you may be worried how this will effect your insurance that you have.
- Dating during divorce: You might be wondering whether dating during divorce is advisable or not. Our attorneys can talk to you about it.
- Residency requirements: If you are looking to file for divorce in a particular state, it is vital that you meet the residency requirements to file. Our attorneys can discuss the legal and factual issues involved in your case.
- Waiting periods: To complete a divorce, you have to satisfy waiting or separation requirements. Our attorneys can discuss this with you.
- Infidelity and Divorce: Parties often wonder what the effect of cheating has on the outcome of a divorce. This page talks about it.
- Abandonment: Sometimes, a party has been abandoned by their spouse and might wonder the impact this might have on the divorce. Find out more information by contacting us.
From our webpage, you can also read articles about divorce and family law, view informational videos, divorce seminar videos, listen to our podcast, download our mobile application or view support calculators for Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma.
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To schedule a consultation, contact us online or call 855-805-0595.
Grounds for Divorce in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma
Couples can usually get divorced when a there are differences and there is no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be saved. It is not necessary to show fault to get divorced, but fault can impact property and debt division and spousal maintenance in Missouri and Kansas.
Residency Requirements in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma
If divorce is looking to be the only option, either you or your wife (or both of you) must be a resident in the state, and must have lived in the state for the needed time period prior to the filing of the Petition. This action should generally be filed in the county where the petitioner resides. The person who is filing for divorce should usually do so in the county in which they live in. In some cases, a motion for a change of venue is a possibility.
Name of the Court and Title of the Action/Parties in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma
Here are a few key names for you to make note of. First is the Circuit Court, where the petition for the divorce is filed. The first action is generally called a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The final action is generally called the Decree or Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage. Depending on which party is filing the divorce, you are either called the Petitioner (the party filing for divorce) or the Respondent (the one who gets served).
Legal Separation in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma
Making the decision to file for a divorce is difficult for many parties. For those individuals who may not yet be ready to take that big next step, there is another option for you. It is important that you consider all options and factors at hand prior to making any legally binding decisions when it comes to legal separation and dissolution because a legal separation can be converted into a divorce.
Spousal Maintenance Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma
According to Missouri and Kansas divorce laws, the court may grant spousal maintenance to either party. This depends on a finding that the party that is seeking spousal maintenance is not able to support themselves and lacks sufficient property to provide for their own needs; or that the party that is seeking spousal maintenance is the guardian of a child whose condition is such that it would be inappropriate for that party to seek outside employment.
While the specific laws vary by state, the court will often take in and consider the following factors in ruling the amount of spousal maintenance to be compensated:
- The time necessary for the spouse seeking support to acquire sufficient education or training
- The comparative earning capacity of each spouse
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The obligations and assets of the marriage, both separate and marital
- The duration of the marriage
- The age, physical and mental condition of the spouse seeking support
- The ability of the supporting spouse to meet both his needs and the needs of the spouse seeking support
- The conduct of the parties during the marriage
- And any other relevant factors
The order establishing spousal maintenance must also state whether the award is modifiable or non-modifiable. If the award is modifiable, the court may modify the award only upon a showing that the circumstances have changed so considerably as to make the terms unreasonable. In Illinois, however, there is a formula used to calculate maintenance in certain cases where income is below a certain level.
Do I Need an Aggressive Divorce Lawyer in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma?
Sometimes, individuals indicate that they want an aggressive divorce lawyer to represent them in their case. The reality is that aggression is usually not a good thing to a divorce court judge. What most clients should seek in a family law attorney is somebody who very much represents their interests and who provides competent, communicative and diligent representation.
What About the Cost?
Some clients have questions about the cost of their divorce. For individuals with questions about this, please read our FAQ page.
Contact Divorce Attorneys in MO, IL, KS and OK in Saint Louis (Clayton, Belleville, Maryville, St. Charles, Arnold & Elsewhere), Kansas City (Lee’s Summit and Overland Park), Columbia, Springfield, Wichita, Topeka, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and beyond.
If you are looking to find and hire a divorce attorney, contact us online or by phone to schedule a confidential consultation at any of our convenient locations by calling 855-805-0595.