Practice Areas

Divorce

In a dissolution or marriage or a divorce it is required that a couple’s assets and debts are divided.  Additionally, if there are any minor children then custody, visitation and child support must be decided.  Divorce procedures vary from state to state and in Missouri, divorce law cases can be handled by the St. Louis Cantor Law Firm (serving St. Charles, the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County among other areas). Before a divorce is granted The Cantor Law firm addresses these five areas:

  1. Alimony or Maintenance
  2. Property and Debt Division
  3. Custody
  4. Visitation
  5. Child Support

If one or more of any of the preceding points cannot be agreed upon, a contested divorce is said to exist. If your case is contested then it may be necessary to have a trial. However, settlement is the more cost effective and timely process. State statutes can be complex and a favorable outcome can depend on legal experience as well as knowledge in these often complicated areas of the law. As part of any effort to obtain the best possible result, consulting with a family law attorney such as St. Louis Attorney, Amy Cantor, can help you to better understand your options and to greatly improve the possibility of a satisfactory conclusion in a divorce or separation case.

 

Division of Property

Missouri has two major categories of property. Property can be considered to be marital or separate. While there are no set methods used in determining how marital property should be divided in a divorce proceeding, there are a number of factors that courts in Missouri and St. Louis look at in making a decision about how to divide marital property. The Cantor Law Firm, LLC will negotiate an equitable division of your property that is focused on your best interests.

Division of Debt

Just as marital property is divided between the parties, marital debts are also subject to division by the court. Typically the court will try to divide marital debts in an equitable manner. Equitable does not always mean equal. Many factors are considered, such as each spouses’ ability to pay back the debt, and the earning potential of each spouse. The court may even assess which spouse incurred the debt. Even if your divorce decree divides certain debts to your spouse, if your former spouse does not pay these debts, you can still be responsible to the creditor for any debt that is in your name. Your option at that point is to file a contempt action against your former spouse for violating your divorce decree.

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