1. Custody Disputes
This likely won't come as a surprise, but custody disputes are some of the most common complications to arise during divorce. If you and your spouse cannot come to an agreement on how custody and associated parental responsibilities should be divided, you may end up facing a long, combative struggle over custody rights.
2. Disparate Income
If one spouse earns substantially more than the other, disputes may arise over alimony or child support. The higher-earning spouse will likely (understandably) wish to keep monthly payments to a minimum so as to have more money to devote to new life situations that may present. On the other side of the equation, the lower-earning spouse may be concerned about maintaining the lifestyle they became accustomed to during marriage.
3. Extensive Assets
With so much at stake, high-asset divorces are often highly contested. If you or your spouse share substantial retirement accounts, high-dollar real estate, six- or seven-figure bank accounts, or other valuable assets, you may run into difficulties determining whom should receive what.
4. Extensive Liabilities
Just as owning valuable assets can pose a challenge during the divorce process, so can having expensive liabilities. If you and your spouse accumulated significant debt during your marriage (car loans, student loans, credit card debt, etc), you will have to determine how to divide these financial burdens.
If a wife becomes pregnant at any point during the divorce proceedings, the process will instantly become much more complicated - and probably extended. The divorce cannot be completely finalized until the new child is born, because it is not until that time that the court can finalize custody or child support for the new baby. Additionally, it is worth noting that when a married woman gives birth to a baby (either during the marriage or within 300 days of her divorce), her husband is legally presumed to be the father. This is true even if she and her husband had been unofficially separated for several years. If either parent wishes to contest this automatic ruling, a paternity test will have to be ordered to officially designate whom the father is.
Gibbons Law Firm Is Here To Assist
While securing quality representation for your Lake of the Ozarks divorce is always wise, it becomes all the more crucial when complications arise. No matter the types of issues that present during your divorce, an experienced divorce attorney in Osage Beach MO will be able to help you approach the situation strategically.
If you would like more information about our family law services at the Lake of the Ozarks, visit our website at www.RGibbonsLawFirm.com or call 573-348-2211 to schedule your free consultation.
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