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USFSPA and your military divorce

41537249_S.jpgUSFSPA refers to the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act, which was an Act established to ensure that the former spouses of individuals who serve in the military would receive a share of the retirement benefits that said former spouse earned from service. Essentially, under Missouri law, the retirement pay of those who serve or have served in the military is considered marital property, and just like other marital property, it is subject to being divided during a divorce.

Begin defending yourself against domestic abuse right now

14527942_S.jpgWhen it comes to domestic violence, we understand the urgency of the situation and that timing is everything. Victims of domestic abuse endure some of the most traumatic and unimaginable circumstances on a daily basis, and securing legal protection as soon as possible is critical to their mental and physical health. More importantly, if a domestic abuser discovers that his or her victim has pursued legal action, the consequences could be fatal, making it even more important that victims get the help they need fast.

Legal separation can help couples contemplating divorce

43001582_S.jpgNobody would ever claim that marriage is easy. Relationships take work, and staying together through things like unexpected unemployment, moving to different states, raising children and any of the other issues that may arise during a marriage can easily put a strain on a couple's relationship. The simple truth is that circumstances change, life changes and a relationship may change as well. What was once a happy, loving relationship may instead become a hostile or apathetic union of two individuals who simply happen to be living together.

Service of process for divorcing military couples

48137322_S.jpgThere are many reasons that military divorce is more complicated than divorce for couples with no military ties, but one of the largest reasons is how the location of the service of process can be altered for military couples. In most divorces, the service of process is quite simply governed by the laws of the state in which the couple reside. This is not necessarily the case for military couples.

Asset division can be just as hard for unmarried couples

19926312_S.jpgDivision of assets is always a significant factor in any kind of separation, and we have likely all known a couple that fought bitterly over assets during a divorce. Couples will engage in heated legal proceedings over who keeps the house, which gets the car and how much money each party walks away with. It is important to remember that these are not issues only for divorcing couples, but they can also be prevalent for couples that were never married.

What is considered marital property in Missouri?

11847067_S.jpgWhen two people get married, they expect that they will spend the rest of their lives together, and they often begin to build that life by accruing assets. A new bed in which to sleep together, a new house to raise their family, a new car to take the children to soccer practice, these are all things that married couples might buy to accommodate their new life. But not all marriages last, and in the event of a divorce, the question of who gets what suddenly becomes significant.

Protect yourself from domestic violence before it's too late

28831567_S.jpgThere is almost nobody in the country that would try to defend the actions of a domestic abuser. For most people, even if they have never experienced domestic abuse directly, there are few things more terrifying than the thought that going back to your home, the place where you should be safe, able to escape from the world, is more like walking into your own personal hell. Worse yet is the fear that you have no options, that you are stuck suffering the abuse for the rest of your life.

Legal aid for Missouri domestic violence victims

20081754_S.jpgDomestic violence is one of the most serious and tragic issues that a person can endure. Being mistreated emotionally, psychologically, physically or in any other capacity in your own home, likely by someone you trust or love, can be an extremely traumatic experience. That kind of betrayal makes the act even more frightening, and feeling unsafe in your home can take a serious toll on your mental well-being. You will likely become more stressed, and the inability to focus may impact your daily life.

Legal separation allows couples to experience post-marital life

22764244_S.jpgThere are multiple types of separation when it comes to couples seeking a break from their marriage. Many people are aware of a trial separation, which allows couples to experience living apart without actually changing their marriage, and many are aware of divorce, which obviously dissolves a marriage and essentially divides a married life into two separate lives. What you may not know is that there is a middle ground.

Prison sentences could stop child support payments

7362573_S.jpgChild support is almost always a highly debated topic among parents, whether they divorced or never married. The custodial parent often feels that he or she is struggling to raise a child without the financial assistance he or she deserves while non-custodial parents struggle to justify allocating some of their hard-earned money toward a child they never see and a parent they hardly know. This issue is especially pressing for prisoners, who are incapable of making a significant enough income to make most child support payments.

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