What’s Required for a Divorce?

Today, realistically, approximately fifty percent of marriages end in divorce, unfortunately. No matter what the reason for divorce may be, whether there was adultery, financial issues, or other personal reasons, there is a legal process for getting divorced in the state of Missouri. The same things are required to get divorced no matter what your situation is. Our divorce attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to guide you through the divorce process and tell you what all is required in the state of Missouri to get divorced. If you are in need of an experienced divorce attorney in Camden County, call Deputy and Mizell today.

Legal Requirements for Divorce

Source: https://www.divorcenet.com/states/missouri/mo_faq01

First, you must file a “petition for dissolution.” This is the initial legal document that tells the court:

  • Who you are
  • Who your spouse is
  • Where you were married

…..and any other specific facts about your situation.

Second, If you have minor children, you must prepare you parenting plan and file it.

Please note: Some counties may require you to file a family court information sheet.

Third, you must have the court issue a summons, alerting the other spouse that the divorce case has been started and have them served with a copy of the petition.

Finally, you then must pay the filing fee.

The Statement of Income and Expenses

Source: https://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=115848

Both spouses must disclose their financials, including but not limited to:

  • Monthly Salaries
  • Monthly Social Security Benefits
  • Monthly Retirement Benefits
  • Monthly Veteran’s Disability Benefits
  • Monthly Medicaid Benefits
  • Food Stamps
  • Child Support
  • Health Insurance Costs
  • Miscellaneous Expenses, such as utilities, housing costs, transportation costs, food, loan payments, clothing, charitable contributions, entertainment, etc
  • Uninsured medical costs of children
  • Monthly severance pay
  • Monthly unemployment compensation benefits
  • Monthly self-employment income
  • Monthly payments of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

An Experienced Lake of the Ozarks Divorce Lawyer Can Guide You in Your Time of Need

Going through any family law matter, especially divorce can be extremely difficult for everyone involved, including the children. The anxiety over an uncertain future and the frustration over unfamiliar legal issues can sometimes be incredibly overwhelming. Having a strong advocate, like an experienced divorce attorney in Camden County, who is committed to ensuring that your interests are protected can be an invaluable asset. At the law firm of Deputy & Mizell, L.L.C., our Lake of the Ozarks divorce lawyers provide aggressive, dedicated representation to men and women throughout the Lake of the Ozarks region in all aspects of family law. Whether you have an uncontested or highly contested divorce, we are very committed to doing whatever it takes to secure a favorable outcome on your behalf. For your free consultation, give us a call at one of our offices listed below.

Contact Deputy & Mizell, LLC to schedule your private (FREE) consultation today.

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