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Pour yourself a cup and browse the library of short writings from us and our colleagues on a wide variety of legal topics, as well as non-legal articles of interest. While the Carson Law Firm practices family law, we have contacts in virtually every area of law imaginable. The Virtual Coffee Break is a place where we invite these attorneys to share information with you, the reader, on an interesting legal topic related to their professional focus. Not in the mood for legal talk? Don't worry, we have other articles, too!

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  • Confused and Abivalent about whether or not to file for divorce and traditional therapy isn’t helping? Try a life coach

    When considering a divorce it may be helpful to hire a Life Coach. Coaches offer the opportunity for you to gain clarity on where you are, where you want to go and if divorce is the best way to get there. Chances are you have been living with a range of emotions from emotional distress, […]

    Divorced Woman not into therapy but want to feel better and start moving on?

      After you have read all of the Virtual Coffee Breaks <g>, check out the website  You might even want to subscribe. There are several  articles each issue, and certainly one (or more) will make you smile and maybe even make you feel a little less alone. Check it out (and subscribe) by copying […]


        The short answer is yes, but there are some limitations. First, though, you need to make certain that Missouri has the jurisdiction (power) to dissolve your marriage.   You must have resided in Missouri (“resided” means lived in Missouri with the intent to remain) for the ninety days just before the Petition for Dissolution […]

    Am I legally separated? If nothing was filed in court, then no

        As a lawyer who limits my practice to family law, folks often tell me that they are legally separated because they have split up their assets and debts and are living separately.  In Missouri, those facts do not mean that a legal separation has occurred. In Missouri, a Petition for Legal Separation is the […]

    Talking openly and ‘soft belly breathing’ can help kids get through divorce

        By Matthew Nordin, MSW Intern   Going through a divorce or the breakup of a long-term relationship can be excruciating when you have children. For weeks or months – perhaps years – you’ve tried to shield them from all the negativity as you and your partner considered going your separate ways. Or maybe […]

    Summer Break Co-Parenting

    Jennifer Van Luven, MSW, LCSW, CDM   Summer.  One of the most dreaded times for divorced parents as it is challenging to manage child custody arrangements.  The school year is a set parenting schedule, with designated days, times and transitions.  In the summer months, however, that set schedule is not as necessary and does not […]

    Missouri is a “No Fault” State, Except …

    In order for a Judge to grant a Dissolution of Marriage (formerly called a “divorce”), the Judge must find both that there is no reasonable likelihood that that marriage can be preserved and that the marriage is irretrievably broken.  In the overwhelming majority of cases, the parties agree to both points.  However, if either party […]

    The Five Documents Every Divorced Parent Must Have

    A Permission to Treat: This is a simple form that allows a person who is not a parent to get medical treatment for a child.  If your child is injured and needs medical care when with someone other than a legal parent, every such person should have this form in the glovebox of their car. […]

    Before, During and After: Therapy and Divorce

    The Importance of Professional Counseling Both Before and After the Divorce Jennifer Van Luven, MSW, LCSW, CDM Just like marriage, divorce is one of life’s toughest transitions. Even though divorce is all too common, it is often extremely painful for all of the members of the family of the divorcing parties and even members of […]

    Took on too much in the divorce that you did without a lawyer and now you are in default on your home loan?

    Did you do your own divorce to save money, take on too much debt and now you facing foreclosure?  You do have some options.  go here: