June 24, 2018

After practicing law for over twenty years, I have seen it more times than I can count. People get caught up in the details and lose the ability to see the big picture. In the words of the old saying, "they can't see the forest for the trees." 

In a divorce, i...

June 12, 2017

The Parenting Plan. This is the document that provides the "rules" for co-parenting with your former spouse. Even though your relationship did not work out, you have kids together. You are going to have to parent from different households. The Parenting Plan can provid...

January 10, 2017

This may seem like an odd question: How much pain do you want in your divorce? Nobody really wants pain, do they? Yet time and again divorcing couples make decisions in the conduct of their divorce that causes pain- to themselves, to their spouse, and, worst of all,  t...

August 10, 2016

Missouri has made changes to its child custody statute that will go into effect August 28, 2016. . Many people have "heard' that this change in the law will result in Mothers and Fathers having equal time with their children where the parents are no longer residing tog...

June 16, 2016

Overtime and child support

A client recently asked me if his overtime pay gets factored into the calculation for child support. The answer is "yes," sometimes it can. The Form 14 is the tool used in Missouri to calculate child support. The Directions for Use in the Fo...

January 23, 2016

It has been a while since our last blog post. However, it is a New Year and a new year brings new beginnings. Here at Missouri Divorce Source, we have noticed t

April 18, 2015

The common myth that I hear, especially among the “father’s rights” contingent, is that Moms always get the kids in a custody fight. The fact is that judges in Missouri are supposed to analyze the custody issue to determine what is in the child’s “best interests.” Some...

February 7, 2015

Sometimes the matter of being able to claim a child for tax purposes is a hotly debated item in a divorce or other custody case. It is an issue that can have major financial implications, so consider it carefully. Under IRS regulations, the parent who has the child mor...

December 16, 2014

Alimony is money paid by one spouse to another for support and to help with expenses. In the state of Missouri, alimony is now referred to as MAINTENANCE. Unlike child support, there is not a form to tell someone whether maintenance will be paid, or how much. It is com...

September 12, 2014


Do you “speak” divorce? Let's face it, the legal system is filled with words and phrases that are strange and foreign sounding. Lawyers spend a good part of their years of education learning the “language” of the law. If you are getting ready to participate in a divor...

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