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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.

Keeping the house and related property concerns in divorce

If you are a woman facing divorce, you may think that you want to keep the marital home as part of the settlement. Many women do.

However, dealing with real property in a divorce proceeding is not a simple matter. You need to know what your home is worth, so the first step is to hire a real estate appraiser.

How to cope with a gray divorce

Regardless of when a Missouri couple chooses to end their marriage, there are a variety of different decisions that must be made, typically while also dealing with the emotional ramifications of such a major life event. This can be especially true for those who are going through a gray divorce -- that is, the end of a marriage that occurs later in life -- because of the potential implications on retirement. Despite this, many people who choose to end their marriage later in life are able to focus on how the choice will improve their future happiness.

As time passes and children grow up and move out, many couples discover that they have drifted apart and are no longer compatible. One of the most important questions that couples whose children are adults have is how they will divide their assets. This includes the family home and retirement accounts, among other assets.

Nonbiological father faces child support payments

Many people in Missouri spend a large part of their life dreaming about when they will become a parent. In fact, one man in another state claims that he was thrilled to learn that his girlfriend was expecting. Because she claimed he was the father, he signed the birth certificate. Unfortunately, now he has found himself facing child support payments for a child that he has since learned is not biologically his.

The man claims that he was happy when the child was born and had blue eyes. Even after his romantic relationship with his girlfriend fizzled out, he claims he remained committed to the child's well-being. However, he says he was surprised to learn two years after their breakup that the child was not biologically his.

Family law: Why some couples choose a postnuptial agreement

When a couple marries, it may be difficult to fully predict in what direction life will take them. In fact, their financial circumstances can quickly change -- either positively or negatively. As such, couples in Missouri who determined that a prenuptial agreement was not necessary prior to their marriage may ultimately decide that some sort of written agreement is necessary afterward. Fortunately, an attorney with experience with family law can help them understand the options available to them.

For example, many couples who are already married turn to a postnuptial agreement. Similar to a prenuptial agreement in that it discusses how assets (and debts) will be divided in the event of a divorce, it is signed after the couple is married rather than before. While such an agreement can help smooth the divorce process for any couple, it could be especially pertinent in certain scenarios.

Working through the divorce process in Missouri

When people in Missouri choose to marry, they do so with the intention that they will spend the rest of their lives with the person with whom they are exchanging vows. As such, they often spend a great deal of time planning the rest of their lives with that person. Changes in those plans, among the other emotional and financial aspects, often make the divorce process a difficult one for a variety of different people.

Despite the inherent stress associated with the end of a marriage, there are certain helpful steps that those going through the process can take. Perhaps most importantly is the realization that divorce does not have to be a lonely undertaking. Leaning on friends and family members to talk to and spend time with is often beneficial. Such relationships can also lead to the creation of new memories and adventures that do not include the former spouse.

Executing a postnuptial agreement instead of a legal separation

Choosing to marry your spouse may have been one of the easiest decisions you have ever made. Opting to end your marriage, though, may be much more difficult. If you are not ready to file for divorce, you may be considering a legal separation. A postnuptial agreement may be a better option. 

There are dozens of reasons a couple may choose to remain married despite marital problems. For example, you may have religious objections to divorce. You may also want to stay married for the well-being of your children. Regardless of your rationale, you likely have some options. 

Overcoming divorce misconceptions to seek a happier life

Many people in Missouri say their wedding vows with the full intention of spending the rest of their lives together. In that moment, they are likely full of love, happiness and hope for the future. Unfortunately, life -- including job pressures, health issues and the impact of raising children -- can often change people in ways such that they are no longer the same person who walked down the aisle years earlier. Despite being in a marriage that is no longer compatible, some people may choose to stay in an unhappy relationship because of certain misconceptions associated with the divorce process.

In some cases, one spouse often decides to stay at home to take care of children. If the spouses kept their assets separate, the divorce process can seem especially daunting to the spouse who has been out of the workforce for years. However, simply keeping separate accounts does not prevent the funds from being considered marital property subject to equitable division.

Family law professionals report August divorce increase

There are a variety of different reasons why unhappy couples in Missouri and other areas of the country may choose to stay in a marriage that is no longer working. For some, the day-to-day routine of their lives may mask the problems that their relationship is facing. However, some family law professionals reports seeing an uptick in the number of people seeking a divorce in August.

Professionals speculate that there may be a variety of different reasons for this increase. In some cases, the person seeking divorce may have inquired about doing so earlier in the year but ultimately waited until the end of summer to do so. One possible reason is that many people see summer as a chance to take a break from the problems they experienced throughout the year. However, when summer comes to a close and the same problems still exist -- and perhaps have even intensified -- many people are motivated to take action.

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