Springfield Family Law Attorneys Manage Divorce in Missouri
Dedicated legal counsel for the next phase of your life
When clients come to our family law attorneys about a divorce, they’re usually focused on the end point. However, our task is not simply to finalize the dissolution of a marriage that is already essentially over. As your legal counsel, Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC wants to set you on the firmest foundation possible for your future. To accomplish this, we start by listening. We need to learn about your circumstances, financial and personal, about your life and your dreams for the future, and about your children and your aspirations for them. Once we understand where you’ve been and where you’d like to go, we can help you set realistic objectives for the divorce process. We create a litigation strategy to resolve your ancillary issues effectively so you can be confident about the process and the results.
Experienced advocates throughout the divorce process
When you decide to dissolve your marriage, there are numerous issues you must settle and various ways to settle them. The key terms for the divorce process are:
- No-fault divorce — Missouri family law has only one ground for divorce: the marriage is irretrievably broken. If the petitioner (spouse who files) and respondent (spouse who is served) agree to this point, the divorce can proceed without proof of grounds. However, if the respondent believes reconciliation is possible, the petitioner must assert one or more of these points:
- The respondent committed adultery
- The respondent’s behavior makes it impossible for the petitioner to remain in the marriage
- The respondent abandoned the petitioner for at least six months prior to the filing
- Both parties have lived separately by agreement for at least 12 months prior to the filing
- Both parties have lived separately and apart for at least 24 months prior to filing
- Upon proof of one or more of these points, the court can order the marriage dissolved.
- Uncontested divorce — Parties who agree to a divorce can negotiate a resolution to their ancillary issues (child custody and support, spousal support, and property division). If they present a written and signed agreement to the court for approval, the parties can avoid a trial on any of the issues. The agreement becomes the basis for the divorce decree.
- Contested divorce — If the couple fails to reach agreement on one or more of the ancillary issues, those issues are held over for trial. The divorce is then contested in court, and the judge rules on the outstanding issues.
Our attorneys employ several methods of dispute resolution, including traditional negotiation, mediation and the collaborative divorce process, to arrive at a mutually acceptable settlement.
Trust our experienced Springfield attorneys to manage your divorce
Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC has served Springfield and the surrounding southwestern Missouri communities for more than 40 years. We provide personalized divorce services that address your needs and concerns. For trustworthy representation, call 417-866-7777 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.