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Protecting Your Best Interests in Your Divorce

Experience You Can Trust for Your Divorce Case

Divorces can be amicable or they can be very contentious. In either case, you need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side to protect your rights and advise you on the best course of action for your best interests. When you're facing a divorce, put Harness Law Office LLC to work for you.

From dividing property to determining child support, we are with you from start to finish to give you quality legal guidance and service for your divorce case. We can draft your divorce petition to initiate the divorce, and we can represent you if a divorce petition has been filed by your partner. In Missouri, a 30-day period must pass before any marriage can be dissolved by the court.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Rights in a Divorce

  • Get a P.O. box so that no one else has access to your mail
  • Open a new bank account that neither you or your spouse have used before so your spouse cannot take your money
  • Get a credit card in your name only to establish a credit rating in your name. Use it only for emergencies
  • Take pictures of your home and its contents inside and out. Use 35mm film with date and time stamps if possible
  • Remove items from the home of intense personal value to you, such as mementos and irreplaceable family heirlooms
  • Make copies of deeds, titles, bank statements, tax returns, and financial records
  • Get copies of your recent pay stubs, your last three tax returns, and a list of all securities that you own
  • Get copies of all retirement plans with current vested interest or amount of defined benefit
  • Rent a storage facility to keep your personal items and copies of your records
  • Run a credit report to know what it says about you
  • List all your debts
  • Get copies of your life insurance and health insurance policies with a list of covered individuals
  • Get social security numbers of all children in the marriage

How Child Support Is Determined in a Divorce

  • The court determines all sources of income including wages, bonuses, overtime, self-employment, retirement benefits, pensions, trusts, unemployment, disability, veteran's benefits, and more
  • Adjustments can be made regarding child support that can lower the monthly income for the parent
  • Calculations are made using a chart approved by the Missouri Supreme Court
  • Base amounts can be adjusted depending on other costs associated with the child such as health care, child care, education, and insurance
  • Once support is determined, the client must provide the attorney with financial documents including tax returns for the past three years, payroll stubs for six months, health care, dental care, vision care, life insurance, and other costs for the child
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