Divorce, or dissolution of marriage, is when one or both parties decide to end their marriage. Property is divided, support is set, and child custody, support and visitation issues are addressed.
When one party is refusing to abide by a Court's judgment or ruling, such as failing to pay spousal support or denying visitation, a Motion for Contempt is filed to enforce the original terms.
When a child is born out of wedlock, the parties use a Paternity action to establish both the father's legal rights as well as his legal duties. This encompasses child support, visitation, and custody. It can be filed by either party and used effectively by both mothers and fathers.
When the domestic partner or child is threatened, a protective order can be filed to keep the threatening party away. Previously called a ``restraining order``, this can also set visitation and temporary support.
Are you no longer making as much money as when support was set? Did you have another child? Child support can be modified, but do not wait until your arrears are felonious. File a Motion to Modify when there is a substantial change.
Did you split a 401(k), pension or IRA during a divorce? If so, you must have a QDRO approved by the Court and filed with the holder of the account. It is frequently left unaccomplished in a divorce proceeding, but necessary to start collecting.
I am a dedicated St Louis family lawyer, practicing throughout the metropolitan area. Are you looking for an attorney with first chair trial experience? Low retainers and payment plans to make representation affordable? Contact my office. I will partner with you to and fight to achieve your goals.