Family law matters are always emotionally charged, which is why it is important to find an attorney who is both experienced and empathetic. Chris Benjamin knows how to help you through this difficult time in your life. Let KC Road Lawyers fight for your peace of mind and best interests.
Missouri is a modified “no-fault” divorce state; this means it is unnecessary to prove marital misconduct, cruelty, or any other “Fault,” when seeking a divorce. Although this makes things easier, getting a divorce can still be a complicated, stressful, process. Property division, alimony, and maintenance will all need to be considered. If children are involved, a parenting plan will need to be developed and child support may be a serious consideration.
Child support affects not only the parent who is paying the support and the parent receiving the support, but also the children. In some cases, a child can receive child support up to the age of 21. An attorney can help ensure that the child support is equitable for all parties and that the legal process is as stress free as possible.
The relationship you have with your child is the most important relationship you will have in life. Any legal matter, such as a divorce, that affects the role you play in your child’s life warrants experienced legal representation. Child custody is determined by a number of factors, including how capable each parent is of meeting the needs of the child, the child’s need to sustain meaningful relations with both parents, the child’s existing relationship with each parent, and the wishes of the child.
Major life changes can necessitate child support or maintenance / alimony modification. Child support can be modified by demonstrating that the original child support order is no longer equitable and that your circumstances have changed significantly. Child support can also be modified if an adult child no longer meets the requirements for extended child support. Alimony, also known as maintenance or spousal support, can be modified when the recipient’s marital status changes, either spouses’ income changes substantially, or there is a major cost of living change.
Fathers may want to seek paternity when establishing parenting rights or acquiring visitation. Mothers may look to clarify paternity to establish a relationship between their child and the natural father or when the mother is seeking child support. Establishing paternity is important for all parties: mother, father, and child.
There are two types of property considered for division during a divorce: personal property and real property. Since Missouri is a “dual-property” state, personal property and real property are further categorized as either non-marital or marital property.
A full order of protection is designed to prevent an abuser from visiting your home, contacting you, or visiting your work. A full order of protection is a court order intended to protect victims of domestic violence from sexual assault, abuse, stalking, and harassment. Chris has the experience to help both those who are seeking a full order of protection and those who are defending against a full order of protection as a result of false allegations.
Experienced Family Law Counsel
Chris Benjamin compassionately handles family law matters and offers the experience that comes from handling hundreds of family law matters, including over 100 bench trials. Chris has received the Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers’ “Rising Star” award multiple times. He will provide you with the experience and the compassion you need when dealing with Missouri family law matters.
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KC Road Lawyers offers free consultations to individuals involved in a family law matter in the state of Missouri. Call 816-425-2420 or navigate to our contact page to find out how KC Road Lawyers can help you with Missouri family law.