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Helping children through the holidays following divorce

A change in the routine of children can have a significant impact on them. In the case of a divorce in Missouri, children are often left to transition back and forth between homes and, in some cases, adjust to a new school. Unfortunately, even when parents have seemingly come to agreement on many of the issues surrounding the end of marriage, they may still experience conflict over how their children will spend the holidays. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the chances of conflict and ensure that the time is filled with positive experiences with both sides of their family.

The holidays, especially for children, are often marked by traditions that were established long before their parents chose to divorce. Keeping in mind that the focus of the holidays is often on creating happy memories can go a long way toward helping parents come up with a plan that is in the children's best interests. Often, communication and a commitment to co-parenting can help achieve this.

Helping children cope with the aftermath of a divorce

Any parent in Missouri would likely agree that major changes in a child's life have the potential of creating stress for the child. This is certainly true when a child's parents are going through a divorce. Fortunately, parents can take steps to help children through this transition.

In many cases, it helps if parents are willing to sit down and communicate openly with one another. Not only does this allow them to reflect on their current processes and make changes as necessary, it also shows the children that their parents are willing to work together for their benefit. An important issue for parents to keep in mind is the impact that loyalty conflicts, in which the child feels compelled to choose one parent over the other, can have. Preventing the need for children to feel as if they must keep a secret from the other parent, for example, can reduce these feelings.

Dividing assets during a Missouri divorce

Most people in Missouri would agree that the end of a marriage is a difficult time for all involved. However, the longer a couple has been together, the more time-consuming and complicated it can be to extricate their lives and divide the assets they have accumulated. Because of this, many who are going through a divorce turn to experienced family law attorneys, such as the team of dedicated legal professionals at Grant, Miller & Smith, LLC.

While the property division aspect of a divorce can be tricky regardless of a couple's financial situation, it can be especially so for those with high-value assets. These can include business assets, retirement accounts, real estate and investments, and can potentially include collectibles such as art. Fortunately, our attorneys have over six decades of combined experience guiding clients through this process.

Do you want to take over the physical custody of your child?

Perhaps your former spouse has physical custody of your son, Tom, in compliance with the terms of your divorce agreement. Tom is now 12 years old.

The other parent has developed health problems, and as a result, you want to take over the physical custody of your son. To begin with, this will mean a change in Tom’s primary residence. How will the court view your request?

Billionaire couple must sell art during divorce proceedings

Many couples in Missouri who spend years together acquire a variety of different assets. While some people may automatically think of retirement funds and real estate, assets can also include valuable collectibles, such as an art collection. In fact, such a collection is a point of contention for one couple in another state who is going through a divorce.

The couple was married for approximately 60 years when they decided to divorce. Proceedings have, unfortunately, proved to be contentious and include disagreements over how real estate, yachts and a multi-million dollar art collection should be divided. Since the couple could not come to an agreement regarding the division of their art, a judge has ruled that the art must be sold.

The complications of owning a business while seeking a divorce

Many people in Missouri work hard to build successful businesses. Often simultaneously, they are building their lives with their spouse and children. In some cases, they may not fully realize what impact a divorce can have on a business in the event the marriage should end.

As part of the asset division portion of a divorce, the other spouse may be entitled to a portion of the business. Unfortunately, this could leave the business in jeopardy or put owners in a position where they must make decisions regarding the company with a former spouse. For example, two business owners claim that when their third partner was going through a divorce, they borrowed $250,000 to buy his portion; because it was a relatively new business, they were forced to guarantee the loans personally.

Think twice before sharing divorce details on social media

The old saying “what goes around comes around” can easily apply to the information you share on social media. If you are going through a divorce, you do not want to air details that could come back to bite you.

Here are four tips for avoiding divorce-chatting and photo-sharing mistakes on social media sites.

Working toward successful co-parenting after divorce

When two people in Missouri choose to marry, they do so with the intention of spending the rest of their lives together. Often, they also choose to have children together. Despite their best intentions for their future, romantic relationships fall apart. Even though it is difficult to do so, those with children must continue to co-parent together even after a divorce.

The end of a marriage is, understandably, a difficult time for all involved. Successful co-parents work to rise about their personal feelings toward each other to focus on helping their children throughout the transition. This concerted effort can result in happier and well-adjusted children.

Jeremey Renner in midst of contentious child custody battle

Many parents in Missouri who remain in a committed relationship struggle to agree on what is in their children's best interest. With that being said, it can be especially difficult for parents who are no longer romantically linked to come to an agreement. Unfortunately, this could lead to a child custody dispute. For famous parents, these disputes often become public fights.

In fact, reports indicate that Jeremy Renner and his ex-wife, Sonni Pacheco, are currently embroiled in a contentious disagreement over custody of their 6-year-old daughter. Reports indicate that the couple married in 2014, but Pacheco filed for divorce months later. Though contentious from the beginning, the parents ultimately agreed that they would share custody of their daughter and Renner would pay $13,000 each month in support.

What does an uncontested divorce look like in Missouri?

Many people in Missouri operate under the belief that the end of a marriage is also filled with contention and anger. Because of this, they often assume that the divorce process is always a bitter battle. While the time surrounding the end of a romantic relationship is a big transition, many couples are able to work together to make the change more peaceful.

One option for couples who are committed to saving money on legal fees, eliminating stress and accelerating the process is an uncontested divorce. This option is often best for couples who do not have minor children and who each can support him- or herself. However, an uncontested divorce can still be successful for those with complex assets and small children.

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