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1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Missouri on
Q: Changing my name after divorce without it being on the divorce decree. How much of a headache?

My husband and I recently got divorced after being separated for 15 years. He did the paperwork without me and did not include me changing my name back in the decree. So as it stands, it seems I have to go to court to get my name changed back. I have a two-part question: 1. How much of a hassle is... Read more »

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 18, 2021

It's a hassle, but definitely doable. On the name-change forms, much of it just asks what you're wanting it changed to. They often won't question the name choice.

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Missouri on
Q: In missouri can you legally move out at 17 without parental consent if you are a female
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 18, 2021

At the age of 17, you are no longer considered a "runaway" for police purposes. You could also seek emancipation if you're 17 and living on your own, supporting yourself.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: Can my 17 year old move out with out permission with no stable place to go
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 16, 2021

In Missouri, those children of the age of 17 are not considered runaways. Although what you've described may not be safe for the child, there is not much that can be done when a 17-year-old moves out of the home.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Missouri on
Q: I am paying child support on two children. one of which will turn 21 in February 2022. What happens then?

The 20 year old does not live at home. We have never received any report cards on either child. What is the best approach with this?

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 16, 2021

You will need to request that support be terminated for the eldest child. You can either do that by affidavit or by motion. That would also mean that child support should be recalculated to reflect one child.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Missouri on
Q: If a GAL is appointed, Can a new GAL be requested?

Unfortunately during temporary custody our GAL explained that he would be reaching out to the supervisor, and letting the supervisor know that he would be supervising the children during dad‘s visits. He was also to inspect the home making sure that it was a safe place for the children to go.... Read more »

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 14, 2021

You can request there be a change, but it can be quite difficult to have them removed.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Missouri on
Q: Is child support paid in summer between HS and college if child is over 18?

In MO. Child turns 18 in Nov. of his senior year of high school. Child support must be paid until completion of H.S. Does child support contunue through the summer if he is planning on attending college?

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 14, 2021

In Missouri, if the child plans on attending higher education, support ends at 21 or when they graduate - whichever is earlier.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: How can I get rights to child I've had for 7 years without any contact from parents
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 11, 2021

Are you seeking an adoption? I would need more facts to help you with your case.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: I was never married to the biological father. I have been letting them see him until things regarding their situation

That made me uncomfortable for my child. Is there anything they can do to try and take him from me or force shared custody.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 10, 2021

He can seek a paternity action to obtain joint custody of the child.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: I was served paternity petition papers from father of my child. How do I respond? We're not married.

Baby born in Missouri

Lived there 4 months. Moved to another state.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 10, 2021

I would need to know some more information to know if the case was properly brought in whichever state it was filed. You need to make sure that you respond within 30 days (in a number of states, it's 21 days), or ask for leave to file out of time with the court.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: My husband is trying to lower his child support or sign his rights away, and I was wondering how much would it cost
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 10, 2021

Do you mean how much it would cost to go to court? Unless there's someone there to adopt the child (or they are considered abandoned, etc.), the court will not terminate his rights just so he doesn't have to pay child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: Can I stay with a friend legally, while I'm trying to get myself emancipated.

I'm 16 and I'm currently trying to get myself emancipated without my dad's knowledge. My parents are divorced and my mom has agreed to give up her rights, but my dad is trying to keep us trapped here. He is a very unfit parent and let's his girlfriend control everything and they bully us constantly.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 10, 2021

To be eligible for emancipation in Missouri, you need to be able to support yourself financially and have a place of your own. That doesn't mean you cannot have roommates or live elsewhere, but you would have to show the court that you would be able to afford a home and have an income, etc.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: Can my boyfriends 17 year old choose to not come home for his scheduled visits per the divorce decree parenting plan?

He has been refusing to come to his dads house on the weeks that are ordered to him via the divorce decree. He has also been doing “virtual school” for the last three weeks and we have just found out he has turned in none of his school work and is now failing his junior year of highschool. Can... Read more »

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 15, 2021

It'll be difficult for the court to enforce that the 17-year-old should be going between each parents. However, in an ideal world, the judge would tell the parent who had custody of the child to ensure that they return to the other parent.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: What is the first procedures in custody case?

My attorney will not return calls. Just need to know where my case is at. Has been retained for 3 weeks.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 15, 2021

It depends on the specifics of your case, but there are a handful of initial documents that need to be drafted prior to filing the case. I'd continuing reaching out to your attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Spouse has filed for divorce in NM, I live in MO. I recently had a stroke, any services willing to represent me?

Had a stroke on Feb1st. Spouse filed for divorce in NM. No representation, and not sure if I will ever work again. Would love to have some kind of representation as I am already having a hard time grasping an understanding due to the stroke.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 1, 2021

You could seek to have the venue changed to Missouri, depending on your mobility and where the marriage was filed, etc. I would speak to a family law attorney near you and see if they can offer more guidance on the specifics of your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: Can my case be changed?

In 2009 I was charged for sexual misconduct which I received a class d felony. It should have been a class b misdomeaner.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 1, 2021

See about reaching out to the court to see if it was a clerical issue. If not, I would speak with an attorney about your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Missouri on
Q: Can you be charged or summoned to court g or possession of a controlled sub. N a motel but u was not there? Missouri

A friend and myself rented a motel room n Missouri for the night, I was only there a few hours anyway the next day the motel cleaning lady came n the room my friend nor I was there but my friends vehicle was still there, anyways the cleaning lady came n the room and supposidly found some kind of... Read more »

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 1, 2021

See if you qualify for a public defender or speak to a criminal defense attorney to speak about your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Missouri on
Q: Do I stand a chance

Charged with accessory to forgery and counterfeiting in MO. When taken to jail, passenger had forged gift cards in shoe( found upon dress out at jail) . That person pled guilty and went to prison. While in prison wrote an afadavit stating I knew nothing about it and was not present when cards were... Read more »

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 1, 2021

It would be best to speak with your attorney on the matter and if you don't have one, I would suggest getting one as soon as possible. That affidavit helps, but it's unlikely to resolve the entire case against you.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Missouri on
Q: If a parent moves out, would child support begin before a court order is in place for it?
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 1, 2021

No, child support doesn't begin until a case for it begins. Even then, it's only become retroactive to the date of filing once there's a final judgment.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Missouri on
Q: What exactly is DEVIATE SEXUAL ASSAULT 1ST DEG in Missouri?

When I look it up I'm only finding DEVIATE SEXUAL INTERCOURSE. Are they the same?

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 1, 2021

Does the indictment state the statute? I would look up the statute, not the title.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Missouri on
Q: how can I check to make sure attorney filed for discovery and asked for particular documents?

public defender, has little to no motivation to build a feasible defense

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 1, 2021

If you know your Missouri case number, you should be able to see it on CaseNet. Otherwise, ask for it from your attorney.

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