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Divorce Attorney in St. Louis, Missouri

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There are emotional consequences when a person decides to separate from their spouse. Divorce is not a decision that should be taken lightly. There are legal consequences for each party to consider and if the parties have children these decisions often involve custody and visitation. Often there are assets as well as liabilities to divide between the parties. Assets can include a home, bank accounts, cars, and retirement funds. This means that even the simplest divorce will require contact with the legal system.

Often a long marriage with more physical and financial property or with children and custody issues will go before a judge. A divorce attorney like Catherine Grantham understands this process and will help you along the way. Catherine will explain the process, represent your interests, and advise you of your rights to get you the best possible outcome. If you and your spouse have already agreed on the custody and property issues you may be able to never have to appear before a judge.

After 30 days from the date of filing, your signed documents accompanied by an affidavit can be submitted to the judge by your attorney. These documents will include a Judgment of Dissolution, a Parenting Plan, a Separation, and Property Settlement Agreement along with the Affidavits. Catherine understands that her clients are going through a very stressful time and emotions are running high. Catherine is committed to helping her clients resolve and work through family-law matters in the most positive way possible, with the respect and compassion that they deserve in the most cost-effective way.

Call us today to discuss your situation with our divorce attorney in St. Louis and Webster Groves, Missouri.

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Catherine Grantham Family Law will answer your questions and handle your case from start to finish. You can rely on our child custody attorney in St. Louis and Webster Groves, MO for steadfast guidance until your case is resolved.

Catherine Grantham Family Law will provide knowledge and guidance when it comes to:

1. Deciding child custody matters and determining a visitation schedule

  • Legal custody is the right to make decisions for the minor child and the legal responsibility to care for them. Legal custody gives the parent decision-making power along with access to the minor child's medical records, grades, and other information regarding the child.

  • Physical custody is exactly like it sounds, whoever has the children at any given time has physical custody. When children are in your physical custody you must provide for their supervision, food, clothing, and shelter.

  • In joint physical custody, both parents have time with the children. Joint legal custody means both parents have equal access to the children's information and are able to make legal decisions together.

  • At the beginning of a divorce, each spouse will file a proposed parenting plan. This plan will outline how much time each party will spend with the children and will specify certain days and certain holidays with each parent.

  • Spouses who can agree on custody and visitation will devise a parenting plan to submit to the court and that Parenting plan if reasonable will have the approval of the Judge.

2. Division of assets accumulated during the marriage

  • Each party will fill out a Statement of Property and Statement of Income and Expenses, stating their income and their physical and financial possessions

  • Each party will exchange these financial documents and Catherine R. Grantham will help to negotiate a fair settlement of the property and assets of the marriage.

3. Child Support

  • The State of Missouri has a specific formula called a Form 14 that determines how much child support a parent can afford to pay. Experienced attorneys like CRG can help ensure that nothing is left out of this calculation and that their clients will have the best result possible. The advice is a lawyer is essential in these cases because child support is one of the most contentious issues in a divorce involving children.
    Call us today to speak with our child custody attorney based in Webster Groves, MO also serving St. Louis.

What Are the Different Types of Divorce?

Going through a divorce is stressful. Thankfully, you don't have to do it alone. You can work with a reputable divorce attorney. Catherine Grantham Family Law is a dependable family law firm in Webster Groves and St. Louis, Missouri, that can help you through the process.

One of the first steps in the divorce process is to identify what kind of divorce you have. Our family law attorney deals with several different types of divorces, including:

  • Fault - one party is at-fault for the divorce

  • No-fault - neither party has to prove that their spouse was at fault for the divorce

  • Uncontested - both parties agree on all divorce-related issues

  • Contested - parties cannot reach an agreement on at least one divorce-related issue

  • Default - one party doesn't respond to the divorce papers within the time limit

Once you file, our family law attorney Grantham can help you through the arbitration, mediation, or collaborative divorce process. We can help ensure assets are equally divided in the best interest of any children. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with a reputable divorce attorney.