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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Missouri on
Q: How many dogs are you allowed to have in missouri. We are outside of town.
Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on Apr 24, 2020

This is going to vary by city or county. As far as I know, there is no limit on the number of dogs you can own under state law. This is usually covered by local laws. However, you run the risk of being considered a breeding facility if you own enough dogs that are intact and having litters. That... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: i'm 14 and neither of my parents have sole custody of me, so can i live with either parent?

p.s. there is no court doc. saying who has full custody

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Kristen Thurmond answered on Apr 24, 2020

The most simplistic answer is that without a court order your father may not have legal rights to make decisions for you. This could cause problems at doctors' offices, schools, etc. The good news is that, yes, you do get a say in where you want to live. How much your voice is heard on the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: I have separated with my ex 2 weeks ago and she is bringing strange men around my daughter

2 weeks into separation, worried about strangers being around my daughter. She told me that one of them slept in her room, I have it recorded, is there an emergency way of getting a restraining order or full custody?

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Kristen Thurmond answered on Mar 31, 2020

Unless something is happening to the kids, such as abuse or neglect, the Court will not entertain emergency orders. You may file for custody under a divorce or paternity action and establish a parenting plan and argue that the other parent does not have the child's best interests in mind.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: Can my 17 year old daughter choose which parent she wants to live with?

My daughter will be 18 in about 6 months. She has always been unhappy living with her mom. She is depressed all the time. Can she choose to come and live with me or do I have to take her mom to court?

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Kristen Thurmond answered on Mar 18, 2020

There is no clear answer to this as it is heavily dependent on the court that issued the original order. Some courts are particular about it and others tend to think forcing a 17 yr old to do anything is pointless. Unfortunately, the best thing to do is talk with the other parent. But be realistic... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Missouri on
Q: Before divorce judement does non custodial parent required to pay child support in Missouri

Non custodial parents paying medical, vision and dental

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Kristen Thurmond answered on Mar 18, 2020

If there is no order, then a parent is not required to pay support. However, not paying or assisting with any bills will be looked upon negatively by some courts. Covering insurance is a positive, but may not be enough. Health insurance premiums is a credit applied to the basic amount of child... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Missouri on
Q: my dogs get lose, one is aggressive but has not bit anyone. They call it attacking. I have 2 tickets . Do I need a lawye

My dog has not physically bit anyone . My ticket say my dog has attacked people . Idk the laws about this. My dog is a good dog she has never Ben aggressive to us an I have 5 kids smallest 2 . She has broke a chain an slipped callers an the children have Ben known to let them out. I have tried to... Read more »

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Kristen Thurmond answered on Mar 18, 2020

A dog may not be aggressive to people in its own home. A loose dog will act unpredictably. A dog does not have to bite someone to be considered an attack. More than likely, you'll want an attorney that practices in your county/city to help you understand local laws and your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: If child support amount is set in divorce decree can it be changed over the years???

Also, if you live in a different state then the child which states laws do you follow??? If you have it in your divorce decree to inform the other parent of moving to a different state with the child and fail to do that what legal action may the NCP take???

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Kristen Thurmond answered on Feb 20, 2020

Child support can be changed any time there is a change in circumstances that effects overnights, health insurance, income of the parties, and other factors resulting in at least a 20% change or a change in who pays.

Relocation is a separate issue, though someone relocating can effect the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Missouri on
Q: Can a motion to compel a judge to sign a divorce decree be filed? See below additional info.

I would like to know if the plaintiff/petitioner in an uncontested divorce with no children and no property division between both parties can file a motion to compel the court to render a judgment and sign a divorce decree when that judge has far surpassed the thirty(30) days from the time of... Read more »

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Kristen Thurmond answered on Feb 20, 2020

Based on your city being Grandview, MO, I am going to assume you are in Jackson County, MO. They have a specific docket for uncontested cases and you need to send in a proposed judgment. If you have an attorney, they will have done this. If you do not have an attorney, you need to do it. There are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Civil Litigation for Missouri on
Q: Is it legal to take a person to court without notifying them

My father past away and my sister got control of his estate and now they have taken me to court and I wasn't notified about it is that legal

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Kristen Thurmond answered on Feb 17, 2020

You will need to contact an attorney who handles contested probate cases. Failure to properly serve or give due notice to a required party has serious consequences. However, you will need an attorney to help you assess if that's what happened in this instance.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: What forms do i need to file a motion to inforce the original visitation agreement in a Missouri court? Of a minor

In 2018 i, consented to a Stipulation consent to guardianship in the Missouri courts of Morgan County. Since that time the guardian has consistently denied &/or interfered in the court ordered visitations. I would like to file the necessary documents to the same courts ordering the guardian to... Read more »

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Kristen Thurmond answered on Feb 17, 2020

If you were given a parenting time according to a parenting plan in the child's guardianship, then you can enforce that by filing a Family Access Motion. You can get assistance from counsel or go to the courthouse and ask the clerk to help you with the forms. By law, the clerk can somewhat... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Idaho on
Q: My ex-husband who I share 50/50 custody is seeking to put our daughter into a school under his girlfriends address.

Recently I reached out to my ex to discuss having to enroll our daughter into school. I reached out asking for his opinion in which I got no response through email. As he has blocked me on his cellphone (divorce violation). In addition, after reaching out multiple times he stated he was enrolling... Read more »

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Kristen Thurmond answered on Feb 17, 2020

This is going to be something you'll need to discuss with an attorney about all the pros and cons of trying to enforce the settlement agreement. While on its face there seems to be grounds for changes due to violating the court's orders, there are always consequences to filing and what... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: My son is in college. Wanted to know how to make a "formal request" for his transcripts/grades.

We need to know what is considered a "formal request" of our son for his college transcripts so we can verify the hours he is taking and the grades he is making meet the guidelines for us to continue to pay child support.

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Kristen Thurmond answered on Feb 13, 2020

There are two things to bring up when responding to this. The first is the literal answer. There is no formal method. You make a paper trail of asking. If you normally correspond by email, then request by email. You can send a certified letter asking for the transcript and grades to the child who... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Missouri on
Q: In a Motion to Modify, does the original Petitioner/Respondent remain the same as the original divorce?

I recently filed a Motion to Modify for my previous divorce. I am representing myself and the response I received from my wife's attorney states her as the Petitioner and me and the Respondent. This is a little confusing for me as I am the one who filed the motion to Modify. However, she was... Read more »

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Kristen Thurmond answered on Feb 4, 2020

Yes, you remain labeled as the Respondent. You are modifying the original judgment where you were the Respondent so it stays the same. However, since you filed the motion to modify, you get to present evidence first. If she has an attorney, you may want to seek legal counsel for full or limited... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Missouri on
Q: Am I still obligated to pay child support under Missouri Law?

My daughter dropped out of school when she was 16. She just turned 18 and received her GED in Dec 2019. She has not enrolled in higher education and plans to take a year off, seek employment, and think about it. As she is 18 and not enrolled in higher education am I obligated to continue to pay... Read more »

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Kristen Thurmond answered on Dec 23, 2019

You will want to look into your options to terminate child support in Missouri if Missouri has issued the support order through an administrative proceeding or judgment containing a support order. Try looking for the self representation forms regarding termination of child support on the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Missouri on
Q: I'm still paying child support on a child that has turned 21, is there any way to get the money paid back?

My son dropped out of college December of 2018, at that time he was 20 years old and a full time student. The divorce decree say I will pay while he is enrolled as a full time student (4 year degree) and child support for him will end if he is not. Family court is still taking money out of my... Read more »

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Kristen Thurmond answered on Oct 17, 2019

Talk to a local lawyer about what to file to get the money back. The sooner you file the easier it will be. The family support division has no idea about your child not attending full time so you have to get the order changed. The division only has an order that states you have to pay. It does not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Stepparent adoption?

The biological mom of my 2 daughters lost them to state in 2015 never did anything to get them back my husband and I got the kids and at that time he recieved full custody also, with the bio mom receiving 1 hour supervised visits a week and 2 phone calls. Well she has always been a heavy addict... Read more »

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Kristen Thurmond answered on Aug 12, 2019

This is something you'll need to consult with a local attorney about to see if judges in your area will modify the judgment. It sounds like you've already gotten everything you can from the court short. You would have to show some sort of detriment to the kids to get no contact between a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: If a mother loses custody and a guardian is court appointed, can a blood relative ask the court for guardianship?
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Kristen Thurmond answered on Aug 12, 2019

Yes. Family is preferred by law. If the child is the custody of Children's Division or a similar agency, they usually contact relatives first for appropriate placement. If it looks like mother cannot reunify or the father cannot step up, then guardianship or adoption by a relative is preferred.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: can you file bankruptcy on debt you agree to be responsible for in a divorce settlement?

My soon to be ex-spouse filed bankruptcy during our divorce, and I need to know if it would be better to wait until court for the judge to decide on who is responsible for what debts

Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on Aug 12, 2019

If there is a divorce petition filed, then a judge cannot divide assets and debts while there is a pending bankruptcy. You need to immediately notify the court handling the divorce and bankruptcy of the other proceedings happening. You also need to be consulting with an attorney on how to handle... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Missouri on
Q: If I get a divorce and my spouse and I own a business together, what happens? Even if I am only 30% owner and he was

sole owner prior to marriage? It is my only income and has been for many years? What do I do? Would it be fair to request alimony in MO?

Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on Jan 9, 2019

When spouses own a business, one of two things happens once a business evaluation is done: one spouse buys out the other spouse or the business is dissolved and each spouse paid their portion. Maintenance (formerly known as alimony) may be an option but depends on the assets of the parties and... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Missouri on
Q: My ex has sole custody of our kids. I'm paying CS but found out the kids don't live w/ him now? Options?

I have a set of twins that will be 18 in June. My ex has had custody since they were 6. I've been paying CS but recently found our that one of them is living w/ his ex-wife and he is paying her $100 month in CS for our daughter. The other is living w/ her boyfriends mom (BF is at school) and... Read more »

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Kristen Thurmond answered on Jan 8, 2019

If you're struggling to hire an attorney try to find an attorney that may be able to help you on a limited scope basis, such as preparing paperwork to file. With the children turning 18 in June, the options are different than children about to turn 8. At the very least talk with an attorney... Read more »

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