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Smith, Hammond & Associates, P.C., is a full service law firm comprised of lawyers and highly-trained staff and one of the leading law firms in Southwest Missouri.
- Review existing prenuptial agreements
- Help you resolve child custody and visitation disputes
- Fight to keep your parental rights intact
- Negotiate child support and spousal support payments
- Negotiate the division of property and marital assets
In Missouri you do not need to prove fault, commonly referred to as "no fault," to be able to obtain a divorce. Either party may obtain a divorce, even if the other party does not consent to the divorce.
The primary issues to be decided during a divorce are alimony or spousal support, property division, and, if there are children, child custody and visitation and child support. When spouses agree, they can usually obtain a divorce quickly. More typically, divorcing spouses have disputes regarding their post marriage financial arrangements and the care and custody of their children.
Missouri is a "dual-property" state, which means that, for divorce purposes, property is further broken down into two categories: "marital property" and "non-marital property." If agreement is not reached about division of property, a trial is held and the Judge will divide your property evenly between the parties.
Alimony is also a factor that can be agreed on by the parties or decided by the Judge at trial. Alimony is calculated by evaluating one party's need and the other party's ability to pay. Property division and alimony are often hotly contested and the early advice of an experienced family law attorney can greatly impact the ultimate result.
Make an appointment for a free first visit and find out how the representation of one of Smith, Hammond & Associates divorce lawyers can make a difference in your situation. At that visit, our divorce lawyer will give you a reasonable price in writing to handle your divorce. You will know exactly what it will cost and exactly what services will be included. There will be no extra fees or hidden costs. When you hire Smith, Hammond & Associates, we can set you up on a payment plan, and we also accept VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS and DISCOVER for your convenience. You will have a trained, experienced divorce lawyer who is willing to listen to you and then fight for you.
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