Navigating the Divorce or Dissolution Process

Whether you are seeking a divorce in Kansas or a dissolution in Missouri, the law firm of Barbara E. Hecht, P.C., can help you to understand and make your way through the process so that a new chapter in your life can begin.

We offer a wealth of experience, effective representation and legal solutions tailored to meet your individual needs. Schedule an initial consultation by calling any of our office locations or contact us online.

Our Divorce and Dissolution Practice

With more than 35 years of experience in the family courts of Missouri and Kansas to draw from, we can protect your rights while handling every aspect of the process in either state. Some basic differences to be aware of are as follows.

Kansas has both fault and no-fault divorce. In relation to property and debt division, Kansas is a community property state. This means that all marital property is taken into account when dividing assets and debt, and the division is handled in a fair and reasonable manner.

Missouri is a no-fault dissolution state. Property is divided on an equitable-distribution basis, which often results in an equal split of marital property and debt. The division can vary, however, depending on considerations of equity and fairness.

Both Kansas and Missouri lean toward joint legal and joint physical child custody, encouraging both parents to work together for the best interests of the children. Both states require parenting plans, in which a detailed plan must be adopted accounting for every minute of the child's day.

Other family law matters we handle include:

  • Legal separations and annulments
  • Child support and spousal maintenance issues
  • Initial determination of child custody and visitation
  • Specific custody, visitation and parentage issues for same-sex couples, grandparents, step-parents and others
  • Post-divorce modification of custody and support orders

Less Damaging, More Affordable Alternatives

Attorney Barbara E. Hecht handles civil mediations and is qualified to practice collaborative law in both Kansas and Missouri, providing clients from across the region with alternatives to the emotionally drain and expense of a time-consuming courtroom dispute.

Another alternative is limited scope representation. To give you an example of what that means, suppose that you and your spouse or partner agree on most issues but cannot, for instance, agree on how to divide your assets and debt. In this situation, you could hire a lawyer to advise and represent you on just that one issue.

Given today's economic realities and the financial problems that can result from dividing one household into two — each of these alternatives is worth considering for cost-savings alone.

Kansas Pro Se (Self-Representation) Divorce Packet

Missouri Pro Se (Self-Representation) Dissolution Forms

Contact Us Now to Discuss Your Situation

In a divorce or the dissolution of a marriage, we can help you find solutions that take into account the well being of your entire family. Contact us for common-sense solutions to your family law needs.

Offices in Overland Park and Olathe, Kansas,
and in Kansas City, Missouri

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