Adoption, IFV & Surrogacy
If you are exploring the adoption, IVF, or surrogacy process, I can help navigate the laws and regulations around the family planning process in Missouri. I believe it is important for a legal professional to guide the process with an objective, yet compassionate perspective. You and your family are important and should be well represented to ensure nothing stands between you and your ability to welcome home a new family member. My firm has experience guiding families through the adoption and family planning process. I am here to help.
Attorney for a Child
I have represented many children in family law cases. In Missouri, family law judges can appoint an attorney to represent a child, called a Guardian ad Litem. These attorneys protect a child’s rights when the child is stuck between warring parents, or when a child has been abused or neglected.
If you have a child with someone you are no longer in a relationship with, there may be custody, parenting time and child support issues. Child support is ordered in divorces and in cases where parties were never married if they no longer reside together. A parent with less than half of the annual overnights or the parent with the higher income is usually required to pay child support until the child is 18 or 21, depending on whether the child attends college.
Child Custody and Parenting Time
Feelings can run very high in legal matters involving child custody and your rights as a parent. An experienced representative can help you achieve the most favorable result possible in the best interest of your child.
Contempt of court is a procedure that is available to enforce a court order when someone knows what they are ordered to do, is able to comply, but chooses not to comply.
Ending a marriage can be complicated and emotionally troubling. I can help you with the intricacies of divorce filing, property division, child custody, child support, and alimony.
Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection
Legal issues involving domestic violence can be some of the most complicated and emotionally exhausting. If you’ve experienced domestic violence or been accused of it, you need a specialized attorney to help you proceed in the safest manner possible.
Many men going to through a family law case have concerns about preferential treatment toward mothers. Missouri judges cannot give preference to either parents based upon his or her gender. My firm can help you make sure your rights are protected.
Establishing a guardianship is an important step in aiding family members who cannot provide their own legal guidance. However, the process can be complicated and often involves a hearing. Let my firm help you through the process.
In Missouri, grandparents are allowed reasonable visitation rights if certain requirements are met. Contact me to discuss whether you meet the requirements for court-ordered visitation rights.