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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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        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: 

    The Separated Parents and the holidays: Some tips from a family therapist

      The New Normal:  The Holiday Season in Separate Houses By Jennifer Webbe VanLuven, MSW, LCSW, CDM   Stress and the holidays go hand in hand for most adults during the holiday season, especially divorced or separated folks with children.  There is so much to do:  visits to family, holiday school programs, gifts to be bought […]

    Stressed out because your ex is not paying for her half of college and now your freshman wants to drop out? These thoughts by a therapist and mother of a college freshman might help

    So, you just finished paying for your part of college and paying your lawyer for filing a contempt against your ex for not paying her half and your son,  a freshman in college three states away, calls and tells you that he wants to drop out.  Welcome to stress city! The following thoughts from a therapist with […]