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Getting divorce in Missouri


Divorce is painful process. For getting a divorce in Missouri, we have to follow specific rules and regulations which are different from other states. They are as follow:

  • For filing the divorce in Missouri, either your spouse or you must have been residing in Missouri for at least 90 days. If you have children, the children must reside in Missouri for at least six months prior to filing for Petition. You can file in the county where you or your spouse resides.
  • For filing the petition there are some facts that must be included in Petition. They are;
  • Current residence of each spouse and its distance from the county court.
  • The date of the marriage and place where the marriage is registered.
  • The date when the parties separated.
  • The name, date of birth of each spouse and child.
  • The parenting plan
  • Whether the wife is pregnant.
  • The social security number of the spouses as well as the child
  • Planning for the custody and support of the children and the maintenance.
  • Request to the court.
  • Your spouse will have thirty days to answer the petition after he or she is served the petition .If your spouse also seeking divorce, then he / she should file a cross-petition for dissolution of marriage.

During the divorce process if the parties have a child, the court will decide;

  • About child’s physical custody
  • visitation timing of non custodial
  • Amount of child support
  • Decision about the health insurance for the child.

All these things will be considered for the welfare of child. Court also focus on following factors for child custody prier divorce process.

  • The wishes of the parents for the custody.
  • The parenting plan submitted by both parents.
  • The needs of the child, and bonding with both parents.
  • The ability of each parent to perform their functions as mother and father.
  • The bond of child with siblings, and any other significant family member.
  • The child’s tuning with home, school, and community.
  • The mental and physical health of all child as well as parents.
  • History of abuse
  • Either spouse can be grant maintenance or alimony during the divorce process. Court will give final decision about alimony by considering sources of income of both the spouses.
  • While getting divorce court divides the marital property or debt. The court will consider following factors to determine the division
  • The economic status of each spouse.
  • The contribution of each spouse in the earning of the marital property
  • Custodial arrangements for the minor children.

After considering all the evidence, the judge without delay signs a judgment of dissolution of marriage, or he/she can take a case under advisement. In either case your dissolution will be final within 30 days after the judge signs the judgment.


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