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I want my kids for Christmas, but my ex won't cooperate: Visitation & Parenting Time During the Holidays

Posted: December 25, 2018

Visitation and Parenting Time During Holidays

 

With Christmas fast approaching, separated parents must deal with dividing time with their children during holidays. This time of year is generally already busy, sometimes frantically busy, so not having a plan in place can cause added stress.


What is the Difference Between Divorce & Legal Separation?

Posted: December 25, 2018

    Strictly speaking, the difference between a divorce and legal separation is that at the end of a divorce, a couple is legally separated or no longer married. Whereas at the end of a legal separation, a couple is still lawfully married.

 So how do I know what to file for?

    When filing for divorce under Missouri law, a spouse must allege that a marriage is “irretrievably broken”, that is, that there is no reasonable likelihood that a marriage can be preserved, in order to obtain a dissolution of the marriage. However, in order to obtain a legal separation, a spouse must allege the opposite; that there is a reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved and, therefore, that the marriage is not “irretrievably broken”. There are several reasons why a spouse may be interested in legal separation over divorce. Some of those motives could be for religious reasons, practical (i.e. continued insurance coverage), or for emotional purposes.


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