Family law is a legal area that helps individuals resolve family disputes. Due to the relationships of the people involved in these disputes, family law matters are often some of the most heated and emotional. Many people think that family law attorneys only handle divorce issues, but that is not the case. Family law also involves parentage disputes, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and more. Below, our family law attorney in Moniteau County explains some of the most important issues addressed in this legal area.
Moniteau County, as throughout the rest of Missouri, is a no-fault divorce state. This means that to get a divorce, you must only prove that the marital relationship has broken down and there is no chance of you and your spouse reconciling. You do not need to argue that your spouse was at fault for the breakdown, or prove such a fact. After filing for divorce, you must wait at least 30 days before the case can be finalized, but it often takes longer than that.
Just because you do not have to file based on grounds of fault, though, does not mean fault does not play a part in the process. For example, if your spouse had a substance abuse problem that caused the breakdown of the marriage, and they spent marital funds on their addiction, it could result in you obtaining more in property division matters.
Property division disputes are just one issue that must be resolved during the divorce process. A family law attorney in Moniteau County can also help with child custody, child support, and spousal maintenance issues.
When married couples in Missouri have a child together, the law presumes that the man and woman are the biological parents of the child. The same is not true when an unmarried couple has a child together. In these cases, paternity often has to be established before other disputes can be resolved. Parents can establish paternity, or they may have to take the matter to court.
Prenuptial agreements largely deal with the division of property in the event of divorce. It is important that these legal documents are drafted properly, and signed willingly by both parties or the court may not enforce them. Postnuptial agreements serve the same purpose as prenuptial agreements, with the only difference being that these legal contracts are drafted and signed once a couple is already married. Postnuptial agreements are often valuable when one spouse starts a business during the marriage, or when the couple realizes later that they need to protect their best interests.
If you have a legal matter within your family, our family law attorney in Moniteau County can help you resolve it. Scott A. Hamblin is dedicated to helping individuals through these very sensitive matters and will give you the best chance of a successful outcome. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
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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