On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

While most Missouri couples begin their marriage hoping that it will last forever, the truth is that many marriages end in divorce. If a couple is not able to come to an agreement on their own or with the help of their lawyers on things like child support and how finances will be divided at the end of their marriage, they may have to go to court.

Divorce cases are handled in civil court. One judge typically presides over the case and delivers the final judgment. It is also possible for the spouses to request a jury.

The court process involves the attorneys of each spouse presenting arguments and evidence related to things like spousal support, property division, alimony and child custody. Evidence that may be allowed in a divorce trial could include witness testimony, documents that relate to the couple’s finances and testimony from the spouses.

After all of the evidence has been presented, the judge or jury will provide a final ruling. After the decision is made, the divorce will be granted. The judgment will involve things like child custody, a visitation schedule and the child’s living arrangements. It will also involve spousal support and child support. The couple’s finances will also be included in the final judgment. This includes dividing the couple’s debts and marital property.

Many couples hope for an amicable divorce and are able to agree on the best way to separate their lives and care for their children after the divorce. Other couples need to have a judge or jury make the decision. An individual who is thinking about getting divorced may have questions about how a divorce would affect their finances and children. A family law attorney may help a person learn about the divorce process. The attorney might also provide information about mediation or even represent client in court.