Columbia Divorce Law Blog

Infidelity can impact property division in Missouri

Even though Missouri strives to equally divide marital assets regardless of why a couple is seeking a divorce, infidelity can still impact how that divorce unfolds and the time it takes to finalize a divorce agreement. The recent hacking of a website promoting infidelity has brought to light just how prevalent infidelity or the desire to be unfaithful may be. In Missouri, when a judge works to ensure property division is done equitably, the ripple effect of infidelity can impact that property division settlement.

One way infidelity can matter is if one party used marital funds to finance the affair. This may include the monthly cost of belonging to such a website or the cost of expensive gifts given to a person with whom the spouse is having an affair. If shared accounts or martial funds were used, the other party may seek to be compensated for the lost shared funds.

Postcards reminding to pay child support evoke controversy

Most parents understand the importance of child support and how necessary that support is to the care and welfare of a child. Child support orders in Missouri are also legal matters that may be publicly known or may be considered a private matter for some, as is the case with many financial dealings. One nearby state has taken to sending out postcards as reminders for parents to pay child support, and those postcards are causing an uproar among some parents.

One father who pays child support just like millions of non-custodial parents calls the postcards an invasion of privacy. The cards are not sealed and ask the question if the parent has paid support for that month. That father sees the cards as a means of public shaming for those parents who pay on time and abide by their child support orders.

Divorce help in Missouri needs to cover wide range of issues

The divorce process can be vastly different from couple to couple. Despite the uniqueness of each case, Missouri couples in the midst of divorce must attend to many common issues and make many of the same decisions. Having comprehensive legal guidance and support to address individual issues is necessary to ensure a smooth and timely divorce.

If children are involved, to achieve the most amicable split, the custody and support for those children need to be addressed. An agreement of an appropriate amount of support needs to be reached, negotiated and finalized. Joint or sole custody needs to be decided, also. While negotiation may be best, child custody decisions may require litigation.

Property division includes financials in a Missouri divorce

When a couple decides to divorce, there are a lot of decisions to be made as a life together unfolds into two separate lives. Some of the bigger decisions in a divorce may be who gets the kids and who gets the house. However, Missouri couples can find there are many little or easily forgotten financial aspects of a property division that may get put on the back burner or mishandled altogether.

Any shared credit card accounts need to be split as soon as possible. If they are not split or closed and one person does not pay the bill, the other person can suffer the consequences. One consequence can be a hit to a credit score. As for car loans, refinancing may be in order to put the loan in one person's name. Selling the asset, or car, may be the best option if refinancing cannot be done.

Missouri families may find apps to help with child support issues

A child support agreement may be somewhat easy to reach at the time of a divorce. But, as a child grows or needs change, aspects of that agreement may no longer work or certain situations may not be included in the agreement. One area of contention that may require modification of an agreement or additional support for parents may be unforeseen or extra expenses. Missouri families may find there are certain apps available that families can use and incorporate into a child support modification.

One app available tracks not only child support payments, but it also tracks those extra expenses. SupportPay can track extra expenses and payments, like medical bills, that one or both parents pay. This way of documenting the exchange of payments and who paid what can also be used in court if a dispute arises between parents.

Star seeks child support reduction in court

When a parent seeks a modification of a child support order, it may typically entail a parent seeking more support than she or he currently receives. However, parents may also seek a child support modification based on the belief that they are paying much more than what is necessary for the care and welfare of a shared child in Missouri. Recently, movie star Halle Berry went to court to seek a reduction in the amount of child support she pays her ex-boyfriend.

Berry, who is 48 years old, had a child in 2008 with her then boyfriend, a model she met at a photo shoot. The couple broke up in 2010. She pays $16,000 a month in child support for the child. She reportedly believes the amount, which is $192,000 a year, is being used so her ex-boyfriend can refrain from having to work.

Missouri couples can prepare for financial costs of divorce

Whether or not a divorce is expected, amicable or highly contentious, the finances of both parties will be affected. Missouri couples can work to minimize the unpredictability of their financial future by preparing and understanding how a divorce will affect short-term and long-term finances. While each couple may be different on the socio-economic scale, certain financial ramifications of divorce are universal.

The fate of the couple's home or family home must be decided and will affect finances just as much as it affects where a person lives. Some may find there is an emotional connection to the family home, especially when there are children in the picture. However, the home may be too expensive for a parent to keep on his or her own. This may mean, despite emotions, a smaller home or renting a place is the best option when the financial reality is outlined.

Unique child support options becoming more popular

For most every family, child support is not just about a number arbitrarily assigned in family court. Child support in general is meant to secure the care and welfare of a child, and that definition is evolving for many. Missouri families and others may have noticed that, for some families, child support is being paid in more unique and equally effective ways aside from a traditional check each month.

Low-income parents who owe support may have a difficult time coming up with a certain amount at a certain time. This does not mean they have walked away or have failed to live up to their parental responsibility. According to a new study, a lot of non-custodial fathers in major cities across the country give what has been labeled as "in-kind" support to children. This refers to buying actual items that are needed or otherwise spending directly on the children in need of support.

Things to consider as a property division agreement moves forward

Any split can lead to a property division dispute or obstacles to finding a fair and equitable settlement. For Missouri couples, there are certain details to consider first before agreeing to or signing a property division agreement. While each couple may be unique, certain aspects of an agreement can be quite common and should be realized ahead of time.

One common complication can be if there are minor children to consider. The needs of those children, particularly housing and transportation, can weigh heavily on who gets the house or a family vehicle. If there is a disabled child or disabled spouse, a property division agreement may have to reflect those individual needs when it comes to the house or certain specially equipped vehicles.

Property division and the family home

For any divorcing couple, decisions about property division details can mean trying to find a way to divide a whole life together. One major property division decision typically involves the family home. For many Missouri families, this can be the most important and emotional decision during divorce proceedings.

The home may be a source of stability for couples with children. A relatively new notion called nesting is where both parents remain in the home after a divorce. This is done for the sake of the children and can be accomplished by making use of a guest bedroom for one of the parents.

American Association for Justice AV Peer Review Rated Lawyers The national trial lawyers association Million Dollar Associates Forum
Visit our Full site Subscribe to this blog’s feed FindLaw Network

How Can We Help You?

If this is an emergency please contact our office immediately at 573-355-5172

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.



Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer
401 Locust Street, Suite 401
Columbia, MO 65201

Phone: 573-355-5172  
Toll free: 866-936-2599
Fax: 573-449-5855
Map and directions

image description