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Missouri Equal Custody Law

A new custody law will take effect in Missouri on August 28, 2016, pursuant to HB 1550. The provisions have been reported to create a new presumption significantly favoring “equal” or “50/50” custodial ...

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Missouri Step Parent Adoptions

General Under Missouri law an adoption of a minor child by a step-parent is a two (2) step proceeding. First, the rights of the child’s natural parent who the adoptive step parent will be replacing must have his or her ...

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Missouri Orders of Protection and Ex Parte Orders

Overview An order of protection seeks an order protecting an individual from physical abuse, physical threats, stalking or harassment. Additionally, the Court may grant orders affecting numerous other rights of parties. This ...

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Missouri Administrative DWI License Suspensions

State of the Law Under Missouri law, a criminal charge of DWI or excessive b.a.c. often also carries the potential for additional civil penalties, notably the suspension or revocation of the subjects driver license. At the ...

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Missouri Spousal Maintenance and Alimony

Introduction One of the main ways that parties may continue to be financially linked for years after a divorce is through a court order for spousal maintenance, formally known as “alimony.” Having an attorney that ...

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Missouri Marijuana Possession Laws and Penalties

State of the Law Contrary to popular belief, possession of marijuana has not been decriminalized in Columbia, Missouri or surrounding areas. Presently possession of marijuana, including synthetic marijuana such as ...

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Missouri Relocation Following Child Custody Orders

Introduction A custodial parent may want to change their child’s residence after a custody judgment has been entered. Missouri considers this to be such a potentially significant event that it has enacted a specific ...

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Factors Involved in the Division of Property in a Divorce

Introduction One of the essential parts of obtaining a divorce in Missouri is dividing the property of the spouses. Some common misconceptions involving the division of marital property are that each party automatically keeps ...

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Missouri Automobile Injury Overview

Overview Automobile injuries have become one of the most frequent sources of personal injury within the state of Missouri. Many such injuries are caused by the negligence of inattentive or careless drivers on the roads and ...

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Missouri Automobile Injuries: Rear End Collision Doctrine

State of the Law Missouri law provides special protections to persons injured by a rear end collision. Often a person injured by a rear end collision did not see the colliding vehicle until it had already struck his or her ...

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