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Online Divorce in Missouri

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For those seeking an inexpensive divorce in the state of Missouri, online divorce is an easy, affordable and fast solution. Online divorce may be appropriate for couples who have an uncontested case. The step-by-step process of preparing divorce documents at Onlinedivorce.com makes it easy on you. We help prepare all of the necessary divorce forms and provide detailed written instructions on how to file your divorce in Missouri.

Our divorce documents preparation service can be a perfect solution for those who want to have their divorce papers completed quickly and stress-free. Even though Missouri has unique divorce forms and filing requirements, our online system can provide you with exactly what you need and provide instructions on how to file. We have helped thousands of people prepare their divorce documents for filing.

If you and your spouse agree on the terms of the divorce and want an amicable dissolution to your marriage, why should the process get drawn out and why should you spend money on lawyers? Online divorce is often cheaper, quicker and easier.

Online divorce can be a perfect option if you want to save money or if you hope to have your divorce quickly finalized so you can get on with your life. Preparing documents for divorce online in Missouri is quickly becoming very popular because you can complete the documents in the comfort of your home. Even if you think your case is too complex because you have children, own your own home or have other assets, you may still be able to prepare your documents online. Just start with our simple questionnaire, and we’ll provide you instructions for each step of the way.

Finally, you don’t have to worry - our process is 100% secure. We protect your information and nothing is filed until you submit the divorce papers to the courthouse yourself. Filing for divorce in Missouri with the Onlinedivorce.com system can be a simple solution to a difficult situation.

Filing:

When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we help you fill out your divorce paperwork using a simple online questionnaire. You can fill it out alone or with the assistance of your spouse. Then, you will need to get a signature from your spouse and you can file the divorce forms with your local court. In Missouri, you will typically file with the courthouse in the county in which you currently reside. If a petitioner is not currently a resident, but a defendant is, divorce is typically filed in the county where the defendant resides.

The actual filing process is explained in our detailed court-filing instructions that we provide along with your completed divorce forms. You can also obtain assistance from your local courthouse by calling or stopping by.

After the initial filing, you may need to follow up if there are any issues with your documents. When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we allow you to make small adjustments to your forms as requested by the court at no additional charge. Our goal is to help you obtain your divorce with as little hassle and stress as possible using our online divorce documents preparation service.

Residency:

Every state has specific requirements where divorcing couples must establish residency within the state they are divorcing. Missouri is no exception.

At least one of the spouses must have been a resident of the state of Missouri for a minimum of 90 days prior to filing for divorce. The divorce should be filed in the county where the person who files lives. Note that there is a 30-day waiting period after filing before the divorce will be granted. [Annotated Missouri Statutes; Title 30, Chapter 452, Sections 300 and 305].

There are many ways to prove that residency has been established. The easiest way is if one or both spouses have a valid and in-date Missouri driver’s license, ID card or voter’s registration card which was issued at least six months before filing for divorce. If this is not the case, it may be possible to establish residency, by having someone who knows you or your spouse testify that you have lived in the state for at least six months. Additionally, it may be possible to use an Affidavit of Corroborating Witness form, and it should serve as proof you’ve lived in the state a minimum of six months.

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Valid grounds to get divorce in Missouri

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Grounds for an online divorce using OnlineDivorce.com are the same as they would be for any divorce within the State of Missouri. Grounds are merely the reason for divorce, and the state must approve them.

There is only one accepted reason for a divorce in Missouri. The legal grounds for getting a divorce in the state is an irretrievable breakdown of the mar­riage with no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved. [Annotated Missouri Statutes; Title 30, Chapter 452, Section 305].

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Custody of the child in Missouri

Custody of the child

Joint or sole custody is awarded based on what would be in the best interests of the child and upon consideration of these factors:

  • The preferences of the child if of sufficient age and maturity;
  • The desires of the parents and a parenting plan if they worked together to create one;
  • The child’s adjustment at home, school, and in the community;
  • The health, both physical and psychological, of all individuals involved;
  • Any history of domestic abuse;
  • The child’s need for a relationship with both parents;
  • Both parents’ willingness to perform parental obligations;
  • The intention of either parent to move to a new area;
  • Which of the parents is more likely to allow the child frequent and meaningful contact with the other parent; and
  • The relationship of a child with family members.

Domestic violence against a child will prevent custody from being awarded to the party that is convicted of such an action. No preference is to be given because of parent’s gender, age, or financial status, or the child’s age or gender. There is now a legislative encouragement of joint legal custody when this arrangement is deemed to be in the best interest of the child and a suitable arrangement for the other parties too. [Annotated Missouri Statutes; Title 30, Chapter 452, Sections 375 and 400 and Missouri Case Law].

Rules for child support in Missouri

The standard child support guidelines of Missouri apply in almost every divorce case, barring extraordinary circumstances. The parents’ gross incomes and expenses are considered when calculating child support. Child support continues until the child reaches the age of majority, which is 18 in the state, or completes high school. In some cases, it may extend through a college education.

Either or both parents are sometimes ordered to provide child support. Marital misconduct is not a factor. The following factors are considered when determining child support:

  • The custody arrangements;
  • Any financial resources and needs of the child;
  • The standard of living the child would have enjoyed if the marriage had not ended in divorce;
  • The overall physical and emotional conditions and educational needs of the child; and
  • The resources, needs, and debts of both the noncustodial and the custodial parent.

A parent may be required to provide health insurance coverage for any children if coverage is available at a suitable cost from an employer, union, or other organization. This may be considered as part of the child support ordered for the case, or it can be arranged as a separate agreement. The court may order the payments to be made through the clerk of courts. [Annotated Missouri Statutes; Title 30, Chapter 452, Sections 340 and 345].

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Rules for spousal support in Missouri

Rules for spousal support

Either of the spouses may be awarded maintenance if that spouse proves:

  • They are unable to support themselves and
  • There is a lack of property to provide for his or her own needs;

or

  • That the spouse who seeks sup­port is the primary caregiver of a child whose circumstances make it appropriate for that spouse not to seek outside employment.

The following factors are considered:

  • The time that would be required to acquire sufficient education and training to enable the spouse to find appropriate employment and that spouse’s future earning capacity;
  • The standard of living which was achieved during the marriage;
  • The length of the marriage;
  • The ability of the spouse who would be providing support to meet his or her needs while meeting those of the spouse seeking support;
  • The financial resources of the spouse who seeks maintenance, including marital property apportioned to such spouse and such spouse’s ability to meet his or her needs independently;
  • The current age of the spouses;
  • The overall physical and emotional conditions of the spouses;
  • The obligations, assets, and separate property of the spouses;
  • The comparative earning capacities of each spouse; and
  • The conduct of the spouses during the marriage.

The court may order the payments to be made through the clerk of courts. [Annotated Missouri Statutes; Title 30, Chapter 452, Sections 335 and 345].

Property division in Missouri

Property division

One of the most challenging aspects of deciding to dissolve a marriage is determining how property (including the family home, if applicable) will be distributed. When a couple divorces in Missouri, they must distribute wealth in a fair, legally-mandated and agreeable manner. This can be a challenging proposition. When the couple can agree upon how to distribute property on their own, without involving the court, this leads to an uncontested divorce and speeds up matters making for a much smoother divorce.

Missouri is considered an “equitable distribution” state. The court divides all of the couples’ property without regard to whether it was acquired before or after the marriage, except for any gifts and inheritances received before or during the marriage. A selection of the property can be set aside to create a fund for support, maintenance, and education of children of the union. With regards to property distribution in Missouri, marital fault is not a factor. The following factors may be considered in the division of property within the state:

  • The contribution that each spouse made to acquiring said marital property, including the input as a homemaker or in childcare;
  • The value of property brought into the marriage;
  • The contribution that a spouse made towards the education, training, or enhanced earning capacity of the other spouse;
  • The duration of the marriage;
  • The current age as well as the physical, mental and emotional wellness of the spouses;
  • Any vocational skills of the spouses;
  • The time and expense spent to acquire any skills and training to become self-sufficient;
  • The income tax consequences from the court’s division of the property;
  • Any existing legally binding premarital or marital agreement;
  • The current and future earning capacity of the two spouses, which may include education, training, skills, experience, and absence from the job market;
  • Whether any property awarded is instead of, or in addition to, marital maintenance and the amount and length of any such award;
  • The total financial circumstances of both spouses, including pensions, if applicable;
  • The desire to award the family home to the spouse who has custody of the children;
  • Custodial provisions for the children;
  • The amount and length of maintenance payments; and
  • Other factors deemed relevant by the Missouri state court. [Annotated Missouri Statutes; Title 30, Chapter 452, Section 330 and Missouri Case Law].

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Mediation support in Missouri

The court can delay a divorce proceeding for any period of time between 30 to 180 days and suggest that the spouses seek counseling through the state. [Annotated Missouri Statutes; Title 30, Chapter 452, Section 320].

For those seeking to prepare their divorce papers using OnlineDivorce.com, utilizing divorce mediation can be a great tool to smooth out disagreements and prevent the case from going to court. This can be the simplest way to assure a fast, easy and affordable online divorce.

Divorce forms in Missouri

Missouri forms produced by OnlineDivorce.com are court approved divorce forms. We have automated the process of filling them out to simplify matters and avoid any difficulties which may occur with filling out paperwork alone. By utilizing OnlineDivorce.com, you can simplify the process of preparing divorce documents and help both parties to move forward with their lives.

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Filing fees for divorce in Missouri

When you file your divorce papers, the court will charge filing fees that may vary by county. These costs are in addition to the cost of using OnlineDivorce.com. Please check with your local courthouse to determine the exact amount.

How long will it take

The use of the OnlineDivorce.com service usually takes between 30 minutes and two hours or more depending on the complexity of your case. You’ll start filling out the questionnaire immediately and can either complete it in one sitting, or you can save your progress and complete it at a later date if that is more convenient for you.

Once you’ve gotten the documents complete, you will need to file them and get your spouse’s signature. You’ll have more information regarding the finalization of your divorce case once you complete your paperwork and submit it with the clerk of courts.

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