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Divorce Lingo Glossary: Common Family Law & Divorce Terms for Our Clients
Jones Family Law Group, LLC

December 21, 2022

Having trouble following along when your attorney gives you an update?  Confused by what the Judge had to say? You are not alone. Unfortunately, lawyers and Judges often speak and write using words that are unfamiliar and uncommon. Terms and words which may be commonplace in the legal world may need some extra explanation. Here

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Can Family Court Order a Parent to Pay for Private School?
Jones Family Law Group, LLC

November 29, 2022

One of the many decisions addressed by a Parenting Plan when parents divorce is where the children will go to school. In Missouri, family courts assume children will attend public schools unless there is a particular or specific educational need of the child that the public schools cannot meet or unless the parents agree to

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Tips for Living Together While Getting Divorced
Jones Family Law Group, LLC

November 22, 2022

Once the decision is made to end a marriage, one big question you may have is who will move out, and how soon. But what if it’s necessary to continue living together for a while longer? Is that a crazy idea? Can you make it work? It’s not uncommon for divorcing spouses to continue cohabitating

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“We’ve Decided to Divorce”: How to Tell Your Children the News
Jones Family Law Group, LLC

November 8, 2022

When couples make the decision to divorce, they often agonize over telling their children. How long should you wait before breaking the news? What words should you use? How much should you explain or leave out, and how will you answer kids’ questions? All of these fears are understandable, says Ann Gold Buscho, PhD. She

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When Is It OK to Drop My Spouse from My Health Insurance Coverage?
Jones Family Law Group, LLC

October 11, 2022

Figuring out health insurance coverage for yourself can be tough, not to mention the responsibility of covering a spouse and/or dependents. The end of a marriage is one big reason people often want to cancel their spouse’s coverage. And with many insurance companies raising monthly premiums for spouses, partners and dependents, it may no longer

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What’s a QDRO, and Do I Need One for Divorce?
Jones Family Law Group, LLC

October 5, 2022

In divorce, details matter. Making sure the right forms are completed and filed can make all the difference between receiving the assets to which you’re entitled, and wondering what happened. If you’re divorcing or already divorced and/or receive child support, a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) may be required to receive your share of the

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Co-Parents: Could Nesting Work for You?
Jones Family Law Group, LLC

September 22, 2022

Children of divorced parents typically divide their time between each parent’s home. “Nesting,” sometimes called birdnesting, represents a fairly new approach to co-parenting. The child remains in one home (the family “nest”), and the parents take turns rotating in and out of the home.  Would nesting work for you? Nesting requires an enormous amount of

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Who Gets the Family Pet in a Divorce?
Jones Family Law Group, LLC

September 12, 2022

Divorce can be disruptive for all family members, and that includes the pets. Figuring out who will keep the dog, cat and other animals can make for some extra planning and difficult decisions. What does the law say about who gets the pets? In Missouri, the family pet is considered marital property, the same as

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High Net Worth? Special Issues Wealthy Divorcing Couples Face

Married couples who have a high net worth (defined by Investopedia as $5 million or more) have additional hurdles when they begin divorce proceedings. Below are some ways that a dissolution of marriage involving millions of dollars differs from most divorces: Greater complexity It is no simple task to identify and appraise the value of

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Rules for Exchanging Documents in a Divorce
Jones Family Law Group, LLC

February 22, 2022

You don’t hear much about it on TV legal dramas, but a Mandatory Document Exchange is a key step in a divorce case. It is part of the process of Discovery that we discussed in last week’s blog, and some courts, including St. Louis County and St. Charles County, require it in all divorces.  As

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The Discovery Process in a Contested Divorce
Jones Family Law Group, LLC

February 15, 2022

The process of discovery is a vital step in litigation. The American Bar Association describes discovery as “a formal process of exchanging information between the parties” regarding the evidence and witnesses each plans to present at trial. According to the ABA: “Discovery enables the parties to know before the trial begins what evidence may be

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When Does Child Support End in Missouri?
Jones Family Law Group, LLC

February 1, 2022

Following separation and divorce, parents are expected to share the cost of raising their child or children. It is common for the parent who earns more to make child support payments to the other parent, even if parents share equal custody time.  In Missouri, the obligation to pay child support typically ends when the child

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Yes! You Can Succeed at Co-Parenting Without Liking Your Ex
Jones Family Law Group, LLC

January 11, 2022

In an ideal world, you and your ex work in sync to raise the child or children you share. You divide and conquer responsibilities and find solutions in a mutually supportive way. Despite the divorce, communication is cordial and arguments rare. And then there’s reality. For some former couples, co-parenting means raising children despite a

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11 Essential Articles to Steer You Through Divorce
Jones Family Law Group, LLC

January 5, 2022

  At Jones Family Law Group, LLC, we strive to keep our clients informed every step of the way. That includes discussing money matters, courtroom procedures, and even dating! In addition to confidential legal representation, we post weekly articles with useful tips to help clients and others navigate the unknown road ahead. Here are some

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Who Gets the Family Pet in a Divorce?
Jones Family Law Group, LLC

September 26, 2022

Divorce can be disruptive for all family members, and that includes the pets. Figuring out who will keep the dog, cat and other animals can make for some extra planning and difficult decisions. What does the law say about who gets the pets? In Missouri, the family pet is considered marital property, the same as

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Co-Parents: Could Nesting Work for You?
Jones Family Law Group, LLC

September 26, 2022

Children of divorced parents typically divide their time between each parent’s home. “Nesting,” sometimes called birdnesting, represents a fairly new approach to co-parenting. The child remains in one home (the family “nest”), and the parents take turns rotating in and out of the home. Would nesting work for you? Nesting requires an enormous amount of

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