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We can help you understand legal separation

11615436_S.jpgLegal separation can be a very confusing concept for many people. Some people view legal separation and divorce as interchangeable terms, both referring to a marriage that is no longer legally recognized. However, this is not entirely accurate, and the subtle differences between the two are often where people get confused. Combine these subtle differences with the fact that separation laws and requirements are different depending on the state, and it is easy to see why legal separation can present so many problems.

Domestic violence is a crime

15252312_S.jpgDomestic violence is often considered a family law issue, and while you should absolutely consult with a family law attorney to help you with your domestic violence issue, it is important to remember that, unlike many family law issues that are civil suits, domestic violence is a crime. This means that a person who is engaging in domestic violence can be accused of a criminal lawsuit and even arrested.

Minors and emancipation in Missouri

37774117_S.jpgA person's age can play a significant role in many legal areas all across the country, both criminal and civil. For instance, a child charged with a crime will usually face a significantly lesser punishment for the exact same crime committed by an adult. Age can also impact civil law in many ways, and is arguably the most influential in matters of family law, where younger residents often have to have their parents permission.

Legal advice concerning Survivor Benefit Plans

43943273_S.jpgIf you are at all familiar with military divorce, you probably know that it is significantly more complicated than non-military divorce for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is having to determine where to file. Some of the factors that contribute to the complexity of military divorce include additional assets that must be determined as part of the divorce, and the rules that govern these assets and their division.

What types of issues might a separation agreement cover?

Legal separation is not a particularly difficult concept, but it is unknown to many people, so it's not surprising that the average Missouri resident might have questions about the process. Legal separation is, in many ways, a trial for divorce. It allows couples to experience what life would be like if they were divorced without actually ending their marriage in the eyes of the law.

Ownership plays a large role for unmarried couples

47366607_S.jpgIn a time when more and more people are living together for extended periods of time before marriage, the legal rights of each person in the relationship are becoming more important to understand and determine. A larger portion of the population is experiencing issues that used to be reserved only for a few people, and the complexities are starting to affect many. For instance, did you know that the way you and your significant other decide to own property can affect you later on?

Defending against false domestic violence allegations

14657045_S.jpgMake no mistake: domestic violence is a serious issue that affects far too many Missouri residents. The fear of going home and facing violent behavior can be crippling, and even if victims are eventually able to distance themselves from their abuser, the long-lasting psychological effects can detrimentally affect their lives for years. However, a similar sentiment can be expressed for those who have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence.

Can legal separation affect a divorce?

47609348_S.jpgMany couples use legal separation as a way to explore whether divorced life would truly benefit them or if they should work through their troubles to stay married. Some couples choose to get back together, and other couples choose to officially divorce following a legal separation. Legal separation often has a significant effect on divorce, mainly because provisions established in the separation agreements such as child custody or spousal support, may be carried over in a divorce. There are some ways in which legal separation might complicate divorce, however.

We can help you regain custody of your child

37406694_S.jpgChildren are perhaps the most important things in the world; they are the future generation that will inherit this world and continue to advance our society. Critical to safeguarding our future is safeguarding the upbringing of our children, and that is why family law is so important. A child that is deprived of a healthy, happy home may ultimately rob society of remarkable progress. The future President of the United States may never realize his or her potential because his or her family unit was untimely destroyed.

Protective orders can help victims of domestic abuse

47578031_S.jpgThere are few circumstances that can truly match the fear and anguish brought upon by domestic abuse. For many people, it is simply impossible to imagine that the idea of home, the place that should be safe and relaxing, is more like a torturous prison. People often tell victims to simply walk away, as though it were as easy as packing up and moving out. However, victims often feel threatened and worry about their own safety and the safety of their loved ones if they leave.

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