How much does a divorce with kids in Missouri cost? And where do you start?
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Divorce Laws in Missouri
According to Missouri divorce laws; you may request a no-fault divorce. The entry of a no fault divorce requires only the statement of an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. However, the divorce laws in MO can be contested on the grounds of adultery, separation, etc. Additionally, one of the spouses must have resided in Missouri for at least 90 days prior to filing for a divorce in Missouri.
Alimony & Equitable Distribution in Missouri
Missouri is known as an equitable distribution state. According to the divorce laws in Missouri this means that the marital property must be divided fairly or equitably, but not necessarily equally, between the parties regardless of title held.
Alimony, or spousal support, under Missouri divorce laws can be awarded for any reason and amount of time as the court find necessary. Such relevant economic factors as the length of the marriage, the parties’ prior living standard, etc. are considered in determining the amount that should be paid. The court may consider any other factors as set forth by statutory law that is necessary to do economic justice between the spouses.
Missouri Child Support and Child Custody
According to Missouri divorce law, the main focus in determining child custody is the best interest of the children. Under this idea, any custody arrangement may be ordered, for example, joint legal custody or joint physical custody. The non-custodial parent is typically awarded visitation right to see the child.
Child support (a percentage of the non-custodial parents income paid to assist with the support of his children) is determined by the Income Shares Formula as set forth by divorce law in Missouri. The child support obligations are based upon the parties’ gross income. Each parent must submit Civil Procedure Form 14, as required by the MO divorce law.