Other Family Law Issues

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Other Family Law Issues That May Affect Your Family

Name Changes

If you would like to return to using your maiden name post-divorce, we can help you request that the Court restore your maiden name.

Prenuptial, Postnuptial & Cohabitation Agreements

Prenuptial (also known as antenuptial), postnuptial, and cohabitation agreements are often used as a way to protect property and financial assets in the event of divorce or death.  Litigation regarding the validity, enforceability, and breach of these agreements is common.  As these agreements are complex and require a high level of expertise, you will need a family law attorney who is familiar with the applicable statutes and caselaw.

If you would like to enter into a prenuptial, postnuptial, or cohabitation agreement, or if you would like to modify an existing one, contact us to schedule an initial consultation.  We can help guide you through the negotiation process to reach an agreement that is fair to both parties.

Parental Abduction

If your child has been abducted by their other parent, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with local law enforcement and alert them to what has happened.  The next step is contacting an experienced family law attorney to get the legal ball rolling.

The process surrounding parental abduction can be complicated, as they can involve law enforcement officials in multiple states as well as the legal process to handle any implications for child custody and visitation arrangements.

If you violate the parental relocation statute or kidnap your child, you are placing your parental rights at risk.  Modification of custody could occur, and you could be restricted to supervised visits only, severely limiting your interactions with your child.

Parental Relocation

The state of Missouri has very specific requirements regarding parental relocation.  For instance, a parent cannot even move across the street without following a very specific process.

The courts in Missouri recognize a variety of circumstances as being a legitimate reason for parental relocation, including marriage, new career, extended family, and heath reasons.  That said, there are also reasons that the court is less likely to recognize as being worth of granting you the right to relocate.  These reasons can include chasing a fleeting love interest, selfish personal reasons or moving simply to spite the other parent.

If you move without abiding by the relocation statutes, you will be faced with penalties including expensive litigation and a possible criminal conviction.  To make sure you are following the rules and protecting your rights, call 314-499-1476 to schedule an initial consultation and discuss your options with a knowledgeable family law attorney.