Springfield Divorce Lawyers
Experienced Family Law Lawyers Serving Greene County, Missouri
Have you and your spouse decided to part ways? Or are you contemplating whether divorce is right for you?
At Neale & Newman, L.L.P., our experienced Springfield divorce lawyers provide exceptional, cost-effective legal representation for complex divorces and other family law issues throughout Southwest Missouri.
We are a large law firm, with several experienced Missouri divorce attorneys knowledgeable in family law.
As your family law lawyers, our legal team delivers years of valuable experience and individualized representation for every divorce case in Missouri.
Why Hire An Experienced Springfield Divorce Lawyer?
Neale & Newman, L.L.P. can handle all types of divorce and family law cases—no matter how heated or complicated the case gets.
In fact, our family law lawyers in Springfield, Missouri, are highly skilled in helping clients navigate contested divorce, child custody battles, and more.
With over years of experience in Southwest Missouri, every dedicated divorce lawyer is proud to serve in the best interest of our MO clients.
What Is a Contested Divorce?
When either spouse disagrees on a divorce-related issue, such as who gets custody of the child or how much alimony should be paid, the divorce is legally classified as “contested.”
The opposite of this would be an uncontested divorce, in which both spouses agree on all terms—or at least they were able to compromise without the help of a legal professional.
Does It Matter Who Files for Divorce in Missouri?
It doesn't matter which spouse files in Missouri because judges rarely pay attention to which party filed.
Filing for annulment first can allow you to set the pace of the case and have time to find a family attorney.
There's no significant advantage or disadvantage to being the petitioner (the person who files for divorce) or respondent (the other spouse.)
How Long Does an Uncontested Divorce Take in Missouri?
In Missouri, uncontested divorces can take as little as one month or as long as six months. At a minimum, expect a divorce to take around ninety days from the filing date of the divorce petition.
Depending on how easily your negotiations go, you can receive this type of uncontested divorce within two to eight months after you file.
Is Missouri a 50 50 Divorce State?
No, Missouri is not a 50/50 divorce state. The state follows "equitable distribution, " meaning that a family judge will decide how to divide marital assets if both parties cannot reach an agreeable settlement.
What is a Wife Entitled to in a Divorce in Missouri?
Considering MO is considered an equitable distribution divorce state, a wife is entitled to a fair share of marital property and ownership, including homes, cars, finances, retirement accounts, business interests, and valuable household items.
Trusted, Confidential Legal Representation Serving Springfield, MO
Your privacy is important to us.
We know that many of our clients have high profiles in their communities. In a family law case, we act with the highest degree of discretion. With Neale & Newman, your personal information will stay personal.
Business Interests & Complex Property Division
When a couple owns business interests and/or numerous assets or when one spouse owns a business, the financial aspects of divorce can be complicated. It often requires substantial knowledge of business law to resolve the issues effectively. At Neale & Newman, L.L.P., we are highly experienced with your complex divorce case.
Among other divorce and family law issues, our MO attorneys handle:
- Child Custody and Support Issues
- Property Division Issues
- Coordination of Business Valuations
- Maintenance (formerly Alimony) Issues
- Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution Issues
- Prenuptial/Antenuptial/Premarital Agreements
In conjunction with our normal divorce practice, we also handle adoptions (step-parent and domestic), paternity actions, and modifications to maintenance, child support, custody, and visitation arrangements.
We understand divorce is difficult. And we can help yours proceed smoothly. To discuss your family law matter, contact Neale & Newman.
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