What does “no fault” divorce really mean in Missouri?

Conduct does not impact grounds for divorce There is sometimes a misconception that as Missouri is a “no-fault” state, misconduct during a marriage is not relevant. Missouri is a “no-fault” state, but the meaning of “no-fault” is that one only need prove that there is “no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved and that therefore the marriage is …

Is it a Good Idea to Bring a Friend to Your Consultation with Your Lawyer?

An initial consultation with a lawyer, particularly when relating to a family matter, can be a stressful time, making it difficult to think clearly.  Some clients ask to bring a friend, sibling or parent to the meeting for assistance or moral support.  Although this may seem helpful, it is not always a good idea. Waiving the attorney-client privilege and confidentiality When you bring a …

Mediation Options in the Midst of Litigation

In an ideal divorce mediation process, the couple begins the dissolution of their marriage by meeting with the mediator, rather than with court filings.  They work over a series of mediation sessions to gather information, identify interests, generate options and ultimately reach an agreement that works for both of them.  Their lawyers support them from the sidelines during the mediation …

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Drafting Settlement Agreements

Even the most contentious divorces more often end in an agreement rather than a trial.  Therefore it’s as important that your lawyer is as skilled in drafting agreements as in trial practice.  Ann Vatterott and I recently authored an article which was published in the spring edition of the Saint Louis Bar Journal directed to practicing attorneys which addresses some …