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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 time Judgments.

Missouri Step Parent Adoptions

Adoption of a minor child by his or her step parent creates a number of new rights and obligations as though the adoptive parent were the child's natural parent. This article discuss the procedure for termination of a biological parent's rights and adoption by the child's step-parent.

Missouri Orders of Protection and Ex Parte Orders

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 includes child custody, child support, maintenance (alimony) and property possession.

Missouri Administrative DWI License Suspensions

A criminal charge of DWI or excessive b.a.c. may also carry civil license consequences. These materials discuss the nature of such proceedings, and possible defenses which may be available.

Missouri Spousal Maintenance and Alimony

Maintenance, formerly known as Alimony, may create a continuing financial obligation for years after a divorce is finalized. This article discusses the test used by court's to determine whether maintenance/alimony is appropriate, as well as the factors considered in establishing an amount.

Missouri Marijuana Possession Laws and Penalties

It is a common misconception that marijuana has been decriminalized in mid-Missouri. This article explores the present laws and penalties concerning charges for possession of marijuana as well as possible defenses and dispositions.

Missouri Relocation Following Child Custody Orders

This article discusses the statutory procedure for changing address of and/or relocating a child's residence following the entry of a Missouri divorce or paternity judgment.

Factors Involved in the Division of Property in a Divorce

One of the essential parts of obtaining a divorce is dividing the property of the spouses. This article examines what property is subject to division by a Court, as well as the factors that Courts consider when determining which party property should be awarded to.

Missouri Automobile Injury Overview

If you have been injured by a negligent or careless driver, you are entitled to compensation for your loss. Explore this article to discover more about the elements needed to recover compensation, and what damages you are entitled to.

Missouri Automobile Injuries: Rear End Collision Doctrine

Missouri law provides special protections and recovery of damages for persons who are injured by a rear end automobile collision.

Grandparent Rights, Visitation, and Custody in Missouri

Grandparent's who are denied visitation with their grandchildren are entitled to court ordered visitation under certain circumstances. Missouri law also provides additional remedies such as court ordered mediation.

Moving Violations, Speeding, and Missouri License Consequences

Missouri sentences are classified in ranges each with different authorized sentences. Prior offenders may also face enhanced/lengthened sentences or minimum terms of incarceration prior to parole.

Missouri Sentencing Ranges, Minimum Terms, and Enhancement

Missouri sentences are classified in ranges each with different authorized sentences. Prior offenders may also face enhanced/lengthened sentences or minimum terms of incarceration prior to parole.

Effect of Private Tuition on Child Support Calculations.

Missouri law provides for the inclusion of private tuition as a portion of child support in certain specific situations. The inclusion or exclusion of such tuition can have a dramatic effect on the total support obligation.

Child Custody and Relocation of a Child's Principal Residence

Following an order of divorce, custody, or paternity, certain restrictions are placed on a parent who wishes to relocate his or her principal residence. Missouri law requires proper notice and a chance for the non-relocating parent to contest the child's relocation.

Missouri DWI Expungement

Under Missouri law certain offenses may be expunged following a period of good behavior without additional convictions. If all prerequisites are met it is currently possible to expunge a Missouri DWI.

Guide to Minor in Possession Charges in Missouri

A minor in possession charge can carry many criminal and civil penalties. Read more to learn about protecting your driver's license and criminal record.

Abuse and Lose Driver License Consequences for Minors

In addition to criminal penalties for possession of drugs or alcohol, the State of Missouri includes civil penalties such as suspension or revocation of driving privileges for violations committed by a person under twenty-one (21) years of age. Read more to learn how to protect your license.

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