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Kansas City Divorce FAQ's

Clarifying a common question that can be confusing to people unfamiliar with a family law consultation. In a free consultation a lawyer can not ethically offer specific legal advice. When people meet with me they need specific information to help their situation.

Watch the video for a full explanation why a free consultation is not in their best interest and what benefits you receive during a consultation.

Missouri uses the term “dissolution of marriage” instead of “divorce.”

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Legal separation and dissolution of marriage (Divorce)  are identical in all respects except that when the Judgment is issued, the parties still are married.

All of the same issues are decided – division of property, custody, visitation, child support and maintenance.

This is a rarely used alternative to a dissolution of marriage and only is used if there is a real likelihood of reconciliation or if the parties want to stay married for religious reasons, insurance reasons or some other reason.

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To learn more on the procedure to file for divorce please read Anthony Moreno’s 8 step outline here.

The spouse who starts the dissolution case is called the petitioner.

The spouse on the other side is called the respondent. The petitioner has to tell the court in a written “petition” what the case is about, who the case is against, and what outcome (known as relief) is wanted.

This typically includes a request for dissolution along with the division of property, child custody, and child support.

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Petitioner or Plaintiff: In a civil case, the person who files a claim against another person. In divorces, this is the person who files or who starts the divorce.

Respondent: An individual against whom proceedings are initiated.

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When both parties know they want a divorce, and can agree in general terms about the desired outcome, an uncontested divorce is possible.

In the case of an uncontested action, Anthony can represent one party and file a joint petition. A joint petition resolves the entire case without requiring a court appearance.

On the other hand, if the parties wish to be involved in a settlement process but it is uncertain whether the case will actually settle, then our office would file a complaint, an answer in proper person, a decree of divorce and a request for a summary disposition so that the matter can be resolved outside of court.

We are very skilled with uncontested divorces, helping people reach a fair and amicable solution without going to court.

Although there are paralegal services that can provide uncontested divorce filings at a lower cost, when you retain Moreno Law, LLC your case will be handled by an experienced attorney, from the settlement to the finalization of paperwork.

Our advantage? We are experienced. Because of this experience we know which issues have a potential for divorce litigation in the future and we are here to assure that your case is handled correctly.

We design your decree with provisions that equally protect both parties, which in turn lessens the likelihood of future (costly) litigation.

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Divorces are generally split into two categories, with one representing amicable or uncontested splits, and the other referring to divorces that are simply more contentious and more complex.

A contested divorce typically involves a central disagreement about one or more parts of the split, and can include property disputes, child custody disagreements, a disagreement concerning the reason or grounds for the divorce, or financial disagreements that might concern child support, alimony, or shared debts and their resolution through legal proceedings.

A contested divorce is, as one might expect, typically a longer and more drawn out legal procedure that one that is pursued amicably and is resolved in an uncontested manner.

Uncontested divorces are common and, with sound legal assistance and representation, they can still be brought to a close within a reasonable amount of time.

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Personal service of the summons may be made by the sheriff in the county where the party being served resides.

In some areas personal service by a private process server is also available.

The circuit clerk will prepare the summons to be served by the sheriff or the private process server.

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In order to encourage parents to think about the issues involving their children as early in the divorce process as possible, the law now requires that each party file a “Parenting Plan.”

At the time of the filing of their first pleading, initially, each party proposes how he or she feels that major issues should be handled.

A typical Parenting Plan includes provisions regarding custody, visitation, holidays and summer vacations, pick-up and delivery, moving away, child support and payment of other expenses, health insurance and mediation.

During the divorce process the final terms of a Parenting Plan are negotiated. It is very similar to the “joint custody plan” that we used to file except that now we file it even when sole custody is sought.

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yacento scott
yacento scott
19:14 09 Aug 17
I strongly recommend retaining Anthony Moreno for Divorce and/or Paternity lawyer needs. After interviewing three law firms, I chose Anthony Moreno to represent me in my custody case. He was extremely professional, knowledgeable and in tune to what I needed. Mr. Moreno went above and beyond what was required thus obtaining a favorable outcome for me. I can not say enough great things about him. I'm thankful for everything he did and I'm grateful to have him as my attorney.
melissa rodriguez
melissa rodriguez
18:03 19 Jul 17
What can I say... I basically called Moreno Law and gave him a hand full of old traffic tickets and asked him to figure it out and get me out of the mess. And he did just that! He explained the actions he would be taking on my behalf in an clear and concise manner. He was quick in responding back to any inquiries I had. In the end everything was handled professionally and timely. Satisfied customer!
Linda Betz
Linda Betz
15:09 08 Aug 17
Divorce is never easy. Anthony handled my divorce with care and dignity. He and his paralegal were understanding and accessible. I was comfortable during the entire process, which says a lot for a difficult time.
Anthony Coronado
Anthony Coronado
20:49 14 Jul 17
Great person. 100% professional. Very well spoken and is up front with you from the first meeting. Highly recommend Anthony Moreno as your attorney.
lindsay g
lindsay g
22:32 16 May 17
From the moment I decided to go with Mr. Moreno, I have not regretted my decision for a single moment. Immediately he hit the ground running with getting things done, nothing sat waiting and that is what these situations need, an amazing attorney who will get make times like this easier for you. Mr. Moreno will fight for you until the very end and will never give up, he will always explore every avenue possible and thoroughly explain to you every step of every process. I cannot thank him or his staff enough for all of their hard work, dedication and effort.
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