Divorce and Legal Separation
Division of Marital Property
Arriving at Solutions that Work for Families
A divorce can be the most difficult time in a person’s life. Hiring a divorce lawyer who can identify options and negotiate terms in your best interest is essential. The lawyers of Farrell & Martin have over 40 years of combined experience handling divorce, modifications and other family law issues.
We review issues related to child custody and support as well as spousal support. We consider your financial situation, including your property, investments, and debts. We will collect documents, contact witnesses, and prepare cases with our clients’ rights in mind. The court will evaluate the income and assets of both parents, what is in the best interest of any children involved, and determine rights and responsibilities accordingly. If you fail to support your claims with records and adequate documentation, your ability to persuade the court will be severely hampered. Farrell & Martin make sure you are prepared and effectively defend our clients’ cases.
If you’re facing divorce or other family law issue, contact us today to schedule a free consultation .
Our Family Law Practice
The attorneys at the St. Peters, Missouri law firm of Farrell & Martin advise, counsel, and represent clients in regard to the following kinds of family law related matters:
- Child Support
- Restraining Orders
- Parental Rights
- Spousal Maintenance
- Post Divorce Modifications
Farrell & Martin is also proud to have two lawyers certified by the State of Missouri to represent the interests of minors as Guardian ad Litems.
Documentation and Preparation
Whether you intend on getting a divorce or are preparing for a custody hearing, the court will require certain documents and records. In order to determine spousal and child support, as well as determine custody issues, it is important to provide the following kinds of information to your family law attorney:
- Tax returns
- Income statements
- Mortgage or rent statements
- Investment portfolio or statement of assets
- Medical bills for any chronic conditions
- Health insurance information
- Day care expenses
- Tuition for children attending school
Preparing an accurate financial account of both you and your ex-spouse’s situation will help the court make the correct decision in a divorce, custody, support, or post-divorce modification.
Our Family Law Attorneys are Your Best Resource
The law can be a complicated matter – especially family law where the interests of children are often involved. In today’s world where divorce is more common, the state has an interest in making sure the rights and interests of those affected are maintained. As a result, more paperwork is required, as well as counseling and educational classes in some instances. As your legal counsel, the divorce lawyers at Farrell & Martin guide you through the process and help relieve some of the stress and burden that go along with navigating the court system.
We’re Only a Phone Call Away
Don’t tie yourself up in knots wondering what you should do – contact the law office of Farrell & Martin today to learn the options available to you. Representing clients throughout the communities of St. Louis and St. Charles counties including St. Peters, O’Fallon, St. Charles, Wentzville, and Lake St. Louis, we offer free consultations and are available during evenings and on weekends by appointment.
Property Division Attorneys and Debt Allocation
The division of marital assets and debts is often one of the most contentious and complicated aspects of a divorce. The attorneys at Farrell & Martin have the knowledge and trial experience necessary to attain the property division to which you are entitled.
Our firm works with CPAs and other financial experts to resolve asset and debt disputes. We will help create property settlements which account for business assets, debts, tax obligations and retirement funds. Our lawyers will examine all aspects of our clients’ situations and provide knowledgeable advice that meets their individual needs.
For more information about property division, contact us at Farrell & Martin and speak with an attorney at 636-397-2600.
Equitable Property Division in Missouri
In the state of Missouri, property and assets are divided by the court according to equitable distribution. This equitable distribution, however, is not necessarily a 50/50 division, as the Courts of Missouri take several factors into consideration, including:
- Economic circumstances of each spouse
- How much each spouse contributed to the acquisition of property
- Estimated value of each spouse’s non-marital property
- Conduct of each spouse during the marriage
- Custody and visitation rights
There are many types of assets which can be difficult to properly evaluate and divide. These include retirement assets, such as 401(k)s and IRAs, as well as debts and business assets. Separating marital property and separate property can also be difficult and contentious. It is important to have an advocate on your side to protect your rights and ensure that your marital assets are divided in as fair a manner as possible.
Contact an Experienced Attorney for Your Divorce
At Farrell & Martin, our attorneys are experienced at handling matters related to divorce, including the division of property and other marital assets. If you are going through a divorce that involves complex assets or high net worth, contact us at our office to schedule a free initial consultation.
Call us at 636-397-2600 to schedule an appointment.