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Family law matters are challenging for several reasons. They involve the most important people and the most important assets in your life. We know they are never easy and just how crucial it is that you find skilled representation that can communicate fully with you and execute a planned course of action aimed at achieving your desired outcome.

At our firm, we work around the clock to meet the unique needs of each of our clients and their families. Delivering personalized counsel and compassion, we help families protect their rights by building a strong a case on their behalf, whether we are working towards a negotiated settlement or towards your goals before a judge in a courtroom.

Explore your legal options for free in a complimentary case evaluation. Contact our team today.

How does a prenuptial agreement work?

The topics covered in a prenuptial agreement need to be substantial enough to make it on what is essentially a legally binding document. These issues most often cover financial matters such as premarital debt, alimony in the event of a divorce, and how assets such as bank accounts and property would be divided in the event of a divorce. Prenuptial agreements are used to protect yourself and establish significant conditions in a marriage. For specifics on this topic, click here.

Why do I need a divorce lawyer?

Because divorces are as common as they are, many people wonder if an attorney is worth the added cost. This is a reasonable suspicion, but divorce attorneys serve a number of purposes. Perhaps most chiefly, they use their body of knowledge and skill to make sure that you are treated fairly in the divorce and that what are you are given in the divorce aligns with you and your family's best interest. This is particularly important in say, a high-asset divorce or one involving children. For additional reasons a divorce lawyer is beneficial, visit our page containing a fuller explanation.

How is child custody determined?

The courts take child custody most seriously in divorces that involve children. Generally speaking, the courts make a decision that they believe aligns with the best interests of the child or children. This is often determined by the age of the child, their respective relationships with each parent, the parents' ability to provide for the child, the lifestyles of each parent, and of course any histories of abuse, including domestic violence. See our page on the topic for an in-depth discussion of custody.

How long will my case take?

Every case is unique, so the length of your case will be determined by how complex the issues are and how easily (or not) it is to reach an agreement with the parties involved. Issues affecting a case's complexity include child support, visitation rights, child custody, property and debt division and more.

What happens at a consultation appointment?

During our first meeting, our team of St. Louis family law attorneys will sit down with you to discuss the details of your case, review case-related evidence, and determine the best plan of action to take. We will answer any questions you might have and address any concerns regarding your situation.

What should I bring to my consultation appointment?

The better prepared you are for your free initial consultation appointment, the better we can serve you. To maximize your appointment, bring copies of tax returns, income documentation, recent retirement and/or pension plan statements, any evidence that defends your allegations, any financial documents regarding your home (mortgage, appraisals, etc.), all recent bank statements for both spouses, and if you are seeking a modification, the court-ordered documents. This all varies depending on your case .


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