Every state has their own particular divorce laws, and the state of Missouri is no different. It is very important that you know what you're getting yourself into before you file for divorce in Missouri; even though your attorney will know what to do once you see him or her, it is still important that you know the details. These details consist of numerous criteria such as: child support, property division, alimony, child custody, and more.
Nobody wants to be stuck paying child support, but it is part of divorce in Missouri, as it is in other states. In most cases, one parent will gain custody of the child and the other will have to pay support; and in other cases both parents will have to pay support. The following is taken into consideration when deciding who pays: child's custody arrangements, financial resources and needs of the child, standard of living that the child would have received if the divorce hadn't taken place, the physical and emotional needs of the child, and the financial resource, needs, and obligations of the parents.
One of the most important factors of a divorce is property division. Divorce in Missouri, like in many other states, relies on equitable distribution. What this basically means is that when both spouses are unable to come to a decision on how to divide the property amongst them, the court will decide based on the following criteria. It will go through both parties' finances and will assign a monetary value on it all. Then, it will distribute the property between them according to how they see fit. As you can see, the term ‘equitable' doesn't mean equal in this case, only what is fair according to the court.
Nothing can affect a child quite like divorce can, especially when the court has to decide who gets custody of him or her. Divorce in Missouri relies on a court system that will always act in the best interest of the child according to the following factors: the wishes of the parents, needs of the child for a relationship for both parents, the interaction the child had with his or her family, which parent will have more time for the child, what school the child was attending, the child's adjustment to the community, and so on. As you can see, the process of deciding custody is very complex and will always alienate one of the parents from the child's life.