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Things to know about getting a divorce in Missouri

Every state has different laws regarding the dissolution of marriage. As such, it is wise to get familiar with one's state's laws before taking the leap and filing for divorce. In that spirit, this week's column will go over Missouri divorce law basics.

In order for one to file for divorce in Missouri, he or she must meet the residency requirement. It is not possible to move into the state and file for divorce right away. One must be a resident for at least 90 days before the dissolution process can be initiated.

Missouri, like many other states, is a no-fault state. This means that one does not need to have specific grounds for divorce to be able to file. However, if one feels it is necessary to list a reason for the dissolution filing, that can be done.

The divorce process is fairly straightforward, though there will be things that need to be figured out, such as property division, alimony, child custody and child support. It can take time to reach agreeable terms, but it is possible to do through private negotiations or mediation. If a settlement cannot be reached, the couple will need to go to court to finalize all the details before a divorce will be granted.

Divorce is a difficult process, regardless of in which state one files. Those who need more details about Missouri divorce laws can seek assistance from an experienced family law attorney. When ready to begin the dissolution process, one's legal counsel will work diligently to get a fair and balanced settlement as swiftly as possible.

Source: FindLaw, "Missouri Divorce Laws", Accessed on April 5, 2017

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