Legal issues that affect families and their relationships with one another are often among the most difficult types of cases. Whether you are considering the possibility of divorce, need assistance with a child custody or support case, or have questions about prenuptial agreements or paternity, it is important to seek legal assistance. An experienced family law attorney in Moniteau County can learn more about your circumstances and provide you with more information about your options under Missouri law.
Scott A. Hamblin represents clients in a wide range of family law cases in Moniteau County, including but not limited to the following:
To file for divorce in Moniteau County, you do not need to prove grounds for divorce or fault since Missouri is a “no-fault” state. Instead of alleging or proving fault, the court only needs to find that the marriage is irretrievably broken. Divorces in Moniteau County can be classified as “uncontested” or “contested.” In an uncontested divorce, Missouri law clarifies that the parties have reached an agreement on all issues in the case, and there is no need to have the court hear from both sides to resolve any existing disputes. When the parties cannot agree to all issues, such as property division or child support, then they will have a contested divorce where a judge will need to decide on one or more issues.
In every Missouri divorce in Moniteau County, it is important for the spouses to know that all assets and debts they own will need to be classified as either marital or non-marital (or, separate) property. Then, all marital property will be distributed between the spouses based on the theory of equitable distribution. Missouri courts consider a range of factors when deciding what an equitable distribution of marital property looks like.
In divorces where there are minor children from the marriage, as well as in separations where the parties share minor children, the court will need to make a child custody determination. Under Missouri law, courts make decisions about child custody based on the “best interests of the child” factors. There is a wide range of “best interests” factors, such as:
Child custody includes legal custody and physical custody, or parenting time. Generally speaking, Missouri courts presume that joint custody shared between the parents (as opposed to one parent having sole custody) is in the child’s best interests unless there is a reason to avoid joint custody.
If you have questions about family law in Missouri or need assistance with your case, you should seek advice from a family law attorney in Moniteau County who can assist you. Contact Scott A. Hamblin today for more information.
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.
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