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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Missouri on
Q: My husband of 4 months cheated on me and has been seeing another women for at least 3 months. Annulment or divorce?
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answered on Jan 20, 2023

Divorce. The only practical difference in a divorce and annulment is that an annulment requires additional proof. An annulment is not going to be quicker or cheaper than a divorce either.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Can the father of my children be they're next friend if he's suing me for custody but I have the kids
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answered on Nov 21, 2022

Short answer is yes. Long answer is yes and Next Friend doesn't really mean that much in a custody proceeding. The Court will appoint a GAL if there is need for your children's interest to be represented in Court with the correct motion. Ultimately you need an attorney to help you with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Missouri on
Q: In the state of Missouri if I was charged federally with a crime would it show up on case net or where would I go 2look

Where would I find my federal charges

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answered on Nov 7, 2022

Federal cases do not appear on case.net. The Federal Court System as a website where court filings maybe found. https://pacer.uscourts.gov/

However the Feds do things differently so any charges may or may not be publicly viewable. Your best bet would be to speak to a criminal defense...
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Q: sentenced to 5 Years Doc, SES, 5 Years of Probation in Missouri does that mean they was sentence to prison
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answered on Sep 16, 2022

It means that the defendant was sentenced to 5 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, that the execution of the sentence was suspended and the defendant was placed on 5 years of probation.

In other words yes the defendant was sentenced to prison but no they will not be going...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Family law. Issues with which address the children live at.

My ex-wife and I have been divorced for over 10 years now and this has never been an issue until now. In the divorce degree it states she gets to use her address as the children main residence. Until recently she has lived 20 mins from me now she moved over an hour and 20 mins away and crossed in... Read more »

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answered on May 3, 2022

You need to consult with a family law attorney and have them review your parenting plan there maybe quite a lot that can be done. Do not wait as time may make it difficult or impossible to do anything.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Missouri on
Q: How would someone get out of tampering with a motor vehicle when they didn't do it.

In Marshfield,MO

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answered on Mar 28, 2022

Honestly the best way to avoid a criminal conviction for any charge is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: My sister has full custody of her boys. She passed 2 weeks ago. If she left a will stating where she wants them to go,

can it keep them from being placed with their biological father who is a deadbeat and will not take care of them and only wants them for my sister's social security? We have not yet found a will but still have some things to go through.

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answered on Jan 4, 2022

To get custody of the children you will need to file for a guardianship over the minors. If the father wants the children it would have to be a contested guardianship case. Either way you will need to hire an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: What lawyers take contingency cases do all of them or who would you suggest?
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answered on Jan 4, 2022

Lawyers can only take contingency fee cases in certain types of cases such as personal injury cases. There are cases were contingency fees are simply not allowed such as family law or criminal defense.

If you wish to know what fee arrangement an attorney will take you will have to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: In MO I have legal guardianship of my grandchild, how do I prove it is in the best interest for third party custody?

I have had guardianship for 2 years. The mother had substance abuse and has now been sober for about 10 months. She lives in Illinois and has changed addresses 4 times in the past year. She is always living with a new boyfriend. She does have a job but I do not see her living situation as... Read more »

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answered on Nov 2, 2021

This is not a self help project. You will need an attorney to help you.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Missouri on
Q: i coach both my sons soccer. my ex says next year no sports. we have 50/50 custody boys are A+ students.

the boys are 11 and 7. excellent students and happy at both of our houses. When I told my oldest . he was so upset and thought he did something to cause this, when his mother just randomly pulls this out of her hat and I know its to hurt me because i have been their coach for 5 years. Our team is... Read more »

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answered on Oct 19, 2021

To answer your question an attorney will have to review the parenting plan in your case. Every parenting plan can be different so there is no way we can tell without reviewing the documents in question.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Missouri on
Q: If a man has allegations made against him for child molestation should he get a lawyer right away or wait
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answered on Sep 15, 2021

He should hire an attorney immediately!!!!

He should also make no statements and answer no questions from anyone other than that attorney.

Child molestation can be some of the most serious charged that can be filed... He needs an attorney immediately.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: How much child support would I receive from the father of my child that makes around $350,000 a year?

We aren’t married. We live together and are planning to separate. He is the father of my child. I have not worked in the last year because he didn’t want me to. I have no income.

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answered on Apr 13, 2021

Details will matter such as how many children, the special needs of the children, insurance costs for the child, any work related child care costs, if the paying parent has any other child support.

In short you need to consult with a family law attorney about your case to get a reasonable...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Missouri on
Q: How can someones information disappear of mo case net.
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answered on Apr 6, 2021

Several ways.

1. A dismissed criminal case does not appear on regular searches.

2. A not guilty verdict on a criminal case does not appear on regular searches.

3. If they received an SIS it would also be a closed record.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Missouri on
Q: Punishment fixed as follows: Count 2: 14 years MODOC, Count 8: 10 years MODOC, CC Allocution, How long to serve?

My husbands son was judged as above in Missouri, so how long will he actually have to serve? Does that mean that he will serve them together or separate terms?

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answered on Mar 17, 2021

How long he actually serves is up to the Missouri Parole Board. It depends on what exactly he was convicted of as some sentences have mandatory minimums, as well as any prior remands to prison, and his behavior in prison. Ultimately we can't give you a good answer as it depends on details we... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Guardianship of disabled adult

My younger sister is blind and autistic. She lives with our mother right now, but our mother's health is failing. What can we do for me to get guardianship of my sister? Is it a long and expensive process? I live in Nebraska, and my mother and sister live in Mansfield Mo.

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answered on Mar 3, 2021

How long and expensive it is depends on the case. A contested guardianship case certainly takes more time and money than an uncontested case. Ultimately you will need to consult with attorneys who do guardianships where your sister resides.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Missouri on
Q: Can you still be served a warrent after being released from jail?

Husband spent 24 hours in jail amd was released with a warrent given. Two weeks later he has a warrent, is this legal??

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answered on Feb 25, 2021

Yes. They can release you from jail and serve a new warrant or even one they forgot to serve previously. In fact people are often released from jail after 24 hours pending application for a warrant. Your husband needs a criminal defense attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Missouri on
Q: I need to remove a felony charge that should of been charged as a misdemeanor
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answered on Feb 15, 2021

If your case was in Missouri it might quality for expungement. However I would need to know a great deal more about the case before I could give an opinion on the matter.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Need a family law lawyer. My son 23. He has 2 kids with his ex.

The mom will not let kids come. She got restraining order on his new gf. Judge thru out bc no grounds to have it. She keeps damaging his car and harassing and last night her and her mom went to my son basketball championship game and acted so crazy the police came. The kids are 2 & 1 and... Read more »

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answered on Feb 2, 2021

You will need to call law firms and hire an family lawyer. A great deal more information will need to be provided before any attorney can help but it does need to be done in private with that attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Divorce for Missouri on
Q: how do i file for full custody and terminate his rights in missouri?

My childs father and i have been separated since 2013 he paid child support for a year or so then left the state and has not helped or seen her in the past 6 months. I august she called him for her birthday. hasn't heard from him since.

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answered on Feb 1, 2021

The best way to modify custody would be to hire an attorney to help. Family law cases are not generally self help projects. I should note that while the court may be willing to give you sole legal and sole physical custody it will not absent serious abuse or neglect give terminate his parental... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Missouri on
Q: If two people walk outside an establishment with the mutual intent to fight, can either be charged in criminal court?
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answered on Jan 21, 2021

Yes. Both have the intent to commit assault on the other. So both could be charged with assault. Dueling either by sword or fist is not legal.

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