What are the legal steps to getting a divorce?
The Ferman Law Group has put together a packet that answers most questions regarding the divorce process and what you can expect. Click here to download the pdf packet.
What information do I need to give my attorney to start the divorce procedure?
You will need to provide your attorney with the following information:
What financial information do I need to give my attorney to proceed with the divorce documents?
The Ferman law Group has a "To Do" List of all the financial documents that need to be gathered and submitted to your attorney. Click here to download the pdf list.
How long does it take to get a divorce in Missouri?
In Missouri, the Court issues a "Judgment and Decree of Dissolution of Marriage," rather than a "divorce" decree, but often the terms are used interchangeably.
How long it takes to get a divorce in Missouri depends a lot on whether there are disagreements between the spouses regarding how the issues associated with the divorce are to be resolved. If there are no disputes, or if the other spouse chooses not to participate in the proceedings, a divorce can be granted in as little as 30-45 days; however, if there are disagreements which will require a hearing before a Judge, the process may take several months or more. In appropriate cases, there are several "alternative dispute resolution" possibilities available to parties in an attempt to avoid the need for a truly contested hearing, and your attorney can discuss with you what those alternatives are and whether, in your case, they might be of benefit to you.
How Can You Establish Paternity?
In Missouri, paternity of a child is presumed when:
Paternity can also be established voluntarily, when the child’s parents agree on the identity of the child's father. A child's father can do any of the following to help ensure his paternity is confirmed:
Finally, if the child's mother and presumed father don't agree about the identity of the child's father, paternity will have to be established involuntarily with genetic testing or through a court action.
When there is uncertainty or a disagreement about paternity, either parent can request genetic testing to confirm, or rule out, the father’s identity. These tests are available through the Missouri Family Services Division and may be paid for by the state.
Alternatively, either parent, the child or the state can take the case to court and ask a judge to determine who the child's father is. A paternity case can be filed any time before the child turns 18 - after that, it can be brought by the child up until he or she reaches age 21. After paternity is confirmed by affidavit or court order, the father’s name will be placed on the child’s birth certificate.
A paternity case may be filed in the circuit court in the county where the child lives, where the mother lives, or where the person believed to be the father lives. If the father is deceased, the case can be brought in the county where proceedings to settle his estate are taking place.
Why Should Either Parent Establish Paternity?
How can a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help me?
A criminal defense lawyer has many jobs. In addition to calling witnesses in your defense and cross-examining witnesses that the prosecution puts forward, your criminal defense attorney may also: