Be prepared to be completely honest about your financial status, because you will likely have to reveal a lot of information pertaining to your income if you choose to get divorced. Property or assets accumulated during a marriage are typically considered "marital property" - that is, both spouses share equal ownership of the assets. Property and assets accumulated prior to the marriage are considered individual property. During the divorce, the court will:
- Strive to divide the marital assets in a manner that is fair and equitable. In order for this to be possible, the court will have to know the full financial value of all shared (and likely all individual) assets.
- If your spouse handles the finances and you are not aware of what your financial picture currently looks like, we recommend that you educate yourself in this arena prior to beginning the divorce process.
If you have children and plan to get divorced, go into this process knowing that the court rules in the best interest of the child. It's in your best interest to cooperate with your ex and be as cordial as possible throughout this entire process for the sake of your children. Don't under any circumstances speak poorly about your ex in front of the children or try to influence how your child feels about your ex (their other parent) in a negative way. This will likely get back to the court and hurt your chances for custody.
Some divorces take much longer to complete than others. Don't assume your divorce will need to automatically be filed in court. We recommend that you start with mediation. If that doesn't work, you can always switch to litigation at a later date.
This is an uncertain time for you, no one can ever fully predict how a divorce will end, but you CAN control the divorce lawyer in Missouri you choose to help you through this. At Gibbons Law Firm, you can count on us to communicate with you promptly and to make sure all of your questions get answered. We are also committed to providing legal counseling and advice that clients need in such disputes. Find out more about how we can assist you by contacting us for your free consultation today. We can be reached at the phone number listed below.
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