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Divorce: A General Timeline

clockA General Divorce Timeline

While each divorce presents its own unique issues and challenges, it is important for you and your spouse to familiarize yourselves with the general process. Familiarizing with the basic steps in divorce can help to make the transition smooth and free of surprise. [Read more…]

Co-Parenting During a Divorce

boy and handsCo-parenting during a divorce can be a difficult task. While it may be hard to maintain an ongoing partnership with your ex, co-parenting is the best way to ensure your children are receiving the best care possible. The following are some tips to help make the transition from Husband and Wife to Mom and Dad as smooth as possible. [Read more…]

The Perks of an Uncontested Divorce

What are the Perks of an Uncontested Divorce?
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The perks of an uncontested divorce are exponential. If you and your spouse are looking for a way to simplify the divorce process, an uncontested divorce may be the best option. An uncontested divorce is when the husband and wife are in agreeance with all the terms of the divorce before the case is filed. Today, an overwhelming majority of divorces are filed this way. In this situation, there is no need to overpay for litigation or court costs because the case never goes to trial. This process also prevents the emotional distress of experiencing a long and drawn-out court battle. In most cases, only one attorney will be involved. It is important to note that this attorney can only represent one party, while the other party will appear “pro se”, or unrepresented. [Read more…]

Property Division: Marital v. Separate Property

iStock_000009402897XSmallProperty Division: What is the Difference?

When it comes to property division, The state of Missouri is an equitable distribution state. While most people think this means their property will be split exactly 50/50 during a divorce, equitable distribution can be best defined as “what the court considers fair”.

When it comes to equitable distribution, the court considers numerous factors, including: [Read more…]

Social Security and Divorce

Senior Husband and WifeSocial Security and Divorce: Benefits You Are Missing

Did you know that it is possible to claim Social Security Spousal and Surviror Benefits from your ex? This little known yet extremely valuable information could make a big difference in one’s financial situation during retirement. If you and your former spouse meet a certain set of criteria, you may be eligible to claim half of your ex’s social security benefits if they are living, and their full benefits if they are deceased. Criteria Include:

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch | How to bargain a speeding ticket away

Our own Stephen Bardol was recently featured in an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, How to bargain a speeding ticket away around St. Louis. In the article he provides some helpful information in regards to how a driver can work with an attorney to receive a potentially more favorable outcome after a moving violation.

Fox 2 News | Daycare Dangers: Reports at Bright Start Locations

Our own Stephen Bardol was recently featured in an article on Fox 2 News, Daycare Dangers: Reports at Bright Start Locations. In the article, he provides some insight on how this traumatic experience impacted a local family.