When two people in Missouri make the decision to get married, they typically do so with the intention of spending the rest of their lives together. Unfortunately, as time passes, the events of life often change a person's personality and character, sometimes meaning the the two spouses are no longer compatible. Even when both people realize and admit that a divorce is the best choice, the process can be emotionally and financially challenging.
When your marriage ends, the judge may order you to pay alimony, which is known as spousal maintenance in Missouri. While these support payments may make sense during and immediately after your divorce, they may not remain viable for long.
When a couple decides to end their marriage, multiple decisions must be made. Often, even those couples in Missouri who are committed to an amicable split find themselves facing lengthy negotiations. For many, those negotiations were expedited by their desire to finalize their divorce before new tax laws go into effect in 2019.
It's that time of year when we all begin to think about the thrilling prospect of income tax returns. However, individuals who have recently divorced are often surprised to discover the impact that their new relationship status has on their tax obligations. Here are three of the most unexpected issues that you may possibly encounter:
The end of a romantic relationship is inherently difficult. Even couples in Missouri who are able to put their differences aside and come to an amicable agreement often face emotional difficulties. While a prenuptial agreement can help ease some of these difficulties in the event of a divorce, questions about such an agreement's enforceability could ultimately arise if certain steps are not followed. In fact, such questions have arisen following the split of Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines and her estranged husband, actor Adrian Pasdar.
Even when both members of a couple in Missouri are committed to making the end of their relationship as seamless as possible, the end of a marriage is a difficult process. Decisions that are made will likely impact the rest of each person's life as well as the well-being of any children involved. Fortunately, the attorneys at Grant, Miller & Smith, LLC are committed to guiding you through the divorce process.
Many people in Missouri and across the country love their pets like their own children. As such, what happens to them following a divorce is an important consideration. In addition to who the pet lives with, who pays for the pet's bills is also an important question as the spending on pets has nearly doubled over the course of the last 10 years. Though courts have previously viewed animals as property, laws and attitudes are starting to shift.