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A divorce terminates a marriage between two people. The Court will divide the property and debt of the marriage. If children were born to the parties, a Parenting Plan will be part of the case, which provides for custody of the children, and the visitation time they will spend with each parent. Child support will also be addressed. In the best case scenario, when the Husband and Wife agree on the terms of the divorce, a case can be concluded 30 days after the Divorce petition is delivered to the non-filing party. In the worst case scenario, a Judge will need to resolve the terms of the divorce through a trial, which can be several months to a year or more after the case is first filed.

DIVORCE LAW

Divorce

Legal Separation 

A legal separation resolves issues with regard to the property and debt of the parties, and their children, but the Husband and Wife are still legally married. This type of case typically arises when there are financial reasons to stay "married."

Division of Property & Debt 

A legal separation resolves issues with regard to the property and debt of the parties, and their children, but the Husband and Wife are still legally married. This type of case typically arises when there are financial reasons to stay "married."

When there are children of a marriage, the Parenting Plan guides the conduct of the parties with regard to the children. Physical custody refers to the physical location of the children. Legal custody refers to decision-making authority over the children. Each parent will be allocated "Parenting time," which is the time each parent will spend with the children. Parenting Plans cover other issues like the division of costs for extracurricular activities, health expenses, and tax allocations.

Parenting Plan

Child Support

Child support is meant to keep the children in roughly the same financial circumstance as when the parents were married and living in the same house. In Missouri, child support is dictated by a calculation called the Form 14. The basic foundation of child support is the relative income of the parties and the amount of time each parent will spend with the children. Financial information is placed in the Form 14 calculator, which yields an amount of child support a Court may order a parent to pay. It is possible to deviate on the amount of child support the Form 14 says a parent should pay. Equal or 50/50 custody does not necessarily mean no child support, especially when one parent earns substantially more than the other party. Child support is not tax deductible.

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