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Our family law attorneys’ first priority is to seek creative, effective solutions and to resolve all cases in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

In family law, sensitive personal matters often combine with complex financial issues. Our family law attorneys’ first priority is to seek creative, effective solutions and to resolve all cases in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

In order to formulate optimal strategies and achieve the best possible results, our family law attorneys often collaborate with attorneys in Carmody MacDonald’s other practice areas, including business transactions, taxation, estate planning and business litigation.

The family law attorneys at Carmody MacDonald have decades of experience and are highly respected in the community. They have also been recognized on the purely peer-reviewed list of “The Best Lawyers in America” for family law and selected as Super Lawyers®, awarded to attorneys based on peer recognition and professional achievement.

Our family law team is highly experienced in a wide variety of family law matters, including:

  • Divorce/Dissolution of Marriage
  • Child Custody and Support
  • Contempt and Enforcement Proceedings
  • Paternity
  • Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection
  • Appellate Proceedings
  • Legal Separation
  • Modification of Judgements
  • Post-Divorce Asset Division and Estate Planning
  • Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements 

Frequently Asked Questions in Family Law

Q: Does a party’s misconduct affect the outcome of a family law matter?
A: Pursuant to Missouri statute, the conduct of the parties may be considered by the court in the division of marital property and in the award of spousal maintenance.

Q: Is it better to negotiate and settle a family law matter, or take the matter to trial?
A: Every case is unique, and there is no general guideline to determine whether to settle or proceed to trial. However, clients are best served by a divorce attorney who will explore all avenues to resolve the case in a manner that avoids costly litigation expenses.

Q: How long does it generally take to resolve a family law matter?
A: The length of a case is generally driven by the complexity of the issues involved and the cooperation between the parties.

Q: Why do you not mention having specialist divorce lawyers or family law specialists? Do you really have a specialty in family law?
A: There are ethical rules from the American Bar Association that prohibit attorneys from referring to themselves as experts or specialists. These rules apply even if a lawyer has been practicing in a specific legal area for many years.

Q: “I learned from another website that…”
A: Reading about what is involved in family law is a proactive strategy; however, you will not be able to learn all you will need to know by reading a website—not even ours. The statutes and finer details of family law are complex and numerous. The best way to proceed is to arrange an initial consultation with a family law attorney.