Dissolution of Marriage – Divorce in St Louis MO
In Missouri, divorce is called Dissolution of Marriage.
Dissolution of Marriage is a civil action occurring when either spouse asks a Missouri court to legally dissolve a marriage.
Proceedings begin when a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is filed.
Missouri requires that either party be a resident of Missouri for at least 90 days prior to filing in the county where they reside.
The Petitioner is the party who files the petition and the receiving spouse is called the Respondent.
The petition must testify that the marriage is irretrievably broken and there is no likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.
The petition may require other information and statements regarding the marriage, minor children and residences.
Once all documentation has been filed, there is a 30-day mandatory waiting period before the hearing occurs.
At the hearing both spouses are required to present arguments and documentation before a dissolution is granted.
At this time the court will also divide marital property and enter any necessary orders concerning alimony and child custody and support.
Missouri is a “no-fault” state, eliminating the need to prove marital misconduct, although this can be beneficial when determining the division of property, alimony, and child support and custody.
Contact Cavanagh and Associates to guide you throughout this process and ensure that your interests are protected.