Are you considering a divorce or bringing your child custody dispute before the court, but are unsure of the first steps to take? Let lawyer Chelsea Mertahelp you determine, discuss, and weigh your options. At this time, our family law practice handles uncontested and pre-resolved divorces & child custody cases.
Mediation is a key component of any family law case, but may not be right for every person. We work with our clients to determine if mediation, settlement negotiations, or alternative dispute resolution are appropriate solutions for their individual issues.
For mediation cases, the parties work with a neutral mediator, who assists the parties in communicating their positions on specific issues to find common ground. Sometimes, the parties engage in multiple mediation sessions and can work together to reach an agreement outside of court & costly litigation.
Our office works closely with experienced mediators who assist the parties in crafting a mutually-agreeable resolution with little to no involvement with court.
Adoptions are sought for a variety of reasons, whether you are a step-parent wanting to establish a familial relationship with a step child, a same-sex couple wanting to add to their family, a sibling looking to step in as a parent for a younger brother or sister, or a grandparent who wants to assume custody and financial responsibility for a grandchild. No scenario for adoption is the same, and our experienced attorneys will help you decide if this legal process is appropriate for you and your family.
These forms are available on our website as part of our efforts to increase accessibility to the Missouri Courts. Our providing of these forms does not constitute legal advice and any person seeking to file these forms - or any forms from the Missouri Courts - should first consult with an attorney regarding her or his case. While these forms are designed to assist unrepresented ("pro se") parties in filing with the court, they are not a replacement for legal advice or assistance.
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