I am a Cole County Divorce Attorney. I regularly represent clients in divorce proceedings in Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri. I believe it’s important to hire an attorney who regularly appears before the judges in Cole County. Every judge has a particular view or philosophy in presiding over a divorce case. By appearing regularly before the Cole County judges at least weekly and sometimes multiple times a week, I am able to use that experience to my client’s advantage. The insight I have obtained allows me to better advocate my client’s arguments to the court.
Any lawyer licensed to practice law in Missouri can appear before any judge in any court in Missouri. I believe hiring a local Cole County Divorce Attorney is important. While the statutes and case law don’t change from county to county, the local court rules do vary. Also, by appearing regularly before the local Cole County judges, I have developed credibility and a reputation for excellent legal work. While every case is unique, it helps to have developed a working relationship with the judges which then serves to benefit my clients.
Hiring a lawyer outside of Cole County can also result in additional expenses to the client. Most lawyers in divorce cases charge for their time. Attorney fees can include travel time. This can increase the cost of the divorce. Divorce cases usually involve multiple court appearances. Rarely is a contested divorce case resolved with one court appearance.
As an experienced Cole County Divorce Attorney, I can help my client with legal issues. One of the most important functions of a divorce attorney is to provide legal advice. Legal advice can range from explaining the court process to answering my client’s questions, preparing the legal documents, and representing my client in court.
Legal advice – One of the most important functions of a divorce lawyer is to provide a client with legal advice. Before I can provide my client with legal advice, I must first understand my client’s situation and circumstances. I need to obtain as much information as possible to better understand my clients’ desires and goals.
Document preparation – Document preparation usually begins with drafting the petition for dissolution of marriage. The petition for dissolution of marriage is the legal document that begins the divorce process. It’s the document that is accepted by the court, which starts the divorce process. It’s in this document that a client’s wishes are first presented to the court, along with pleading the facts to support the court granting the divorce.
Court appearances – Many divorce cases are resolved in court. Usually, it takes several court appearances and hearings before a trial occurs. I appear regularly before Cole County judges. I understand what judges expect and how they would like the case presented.
Negotiation – Negotiation is a mechanism that allows me to assist my client in obtaining a resolution of their case without having to proceed to trial. Many clients prefer to avoid court and trial, if possible. Negotiation can lead to a settlement which saves my client significant sums of money.
Mediation – Mediation is a recognized alternative dispute resolution program. Mediation is a confidential mechanism to resolve a divorce without a trial. I generally prepare for mediation similar to preparing for trial. What is discussed in mediation cannot be shared with the judge unless there is an agreement.
Trial – A judge listens to the evidence presented at a trial and then makes a decision based upon that evidence. Spouses no longer decide what happens after a trial. Instead, the decision rests solely with the judge. Sometimes, clients want to avoid a trial to eliminate the risk of how a judge may rule. Generally though, trial occurs when the parents or spouses have been unable to reach an agreement.
I represent individuals who live both inside and outside Cole County, Missouri. A person does not have to live in Cole County to obtain a divorce, but generally, at least one of the spouses must live in Cole County. Centertown, Jefferson City, Taos, and Wardsville are cities and towns located in Cole County. Many of my clients also reside outside of Cole County because they may have moved before the petition for divorce was filed.
For more than twenty years, I have represented clients in divorce cases in Cole County. I have substantial experience trying cases. My representation, though, focuses on what my clients want to achieve. If you need help with your Cole County divorce, please contact me to assist you. I can be reached at https://scotthamblinlaw.com.
A Jefferson City man faced DUI charges following a field sobriety test. Charges against the defendant were dropped after Scott successfully maintained the client’s claims that the test results were inaccurate. While the client initially appeared to be in a difficult situation, Scott was able to push investigators to determine the sobriety test results as invalid, so the charges were dismissed.
A mother was seeking sole custody of her children following a divorce. The father refused to cooperate, leaving the client in a difficult situation as she felt as though her children didn’t have a voice. Scott recognized her need for an advocate and carefully listened to the children’s wishes, which conclusively helped the client achieve sole custody of her children and protected their best interests.
A client from Fulton was accused of drug possession as a result of a home search. While drug charges may potentially be filed as a Class C felony involving severe consequences, Scott was able to help the client receive a reduced sentence. Ultimately, the client faced significantly smaller penalties compared to the initial charges.
Scott assisted a defendant in a particularly challenging divorce case in which the other spouse was not cooperating. Scott was able to help the client avoid court through an aggressive legal approach to resolve all outstanding disagreements while maintaining the client’s long-term needs.
One client sought legal assistance after an altercation with another individual in Jefferson City. The client was arrested on assault charges despite allegedly not starting the fight. Since an arrest can lead to life-altering penalties such as being terminated from employment and serving jail time, Scott was able to build a solid legal defense in the client’s favor and argued in favor of the client’s innocence.
A grandparent sought visitation rights to his grandchild after the parent tried to block him. Scott takes grandparents’ rights very seriously, and so he devised a strategy to help the grandparent set a visitation schedule. Scott developed a strategy to show that the child’s best interests were fulfilled through the grandparent’s ability to visit the child, helping push the case towards a resolution in the client’s favor.
Scott assisted a client who was injured in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence. The defendant claimed that the opposing party using their phone at the time of the crash, and Scott emphasized this claim to show that the other driver was at fault for the client’s injuries. The case concluded with the client receiving the necessary compensation for medical bills following a long hospital stay due to injuries.
Scott Hamblin is a great attorney. Between Scott and his legal assistant Madasyn, I felt like all my questions were answered promptly and thoroughly. Scott is very knowledgeable and was very well prepared for trial. I would recommend Scott to anyone needing an attorney.
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Scott recently provided outstanding representation for my divorce. He was well-prepared throughout the course of the litigation and trial, resulting in a very favorable outcome for me. Scott is a very bright attorney who takes pride in his work, and it shows. He is truly in a league of his own.
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