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FAMILY LAW FOR MEN

             Prior to graduating from law school in 2017, I practiced as a general dentist in the Kansas City metro area and in central Missouri for seventeen years.  I'm also a fulltime single father of three teenage girls, ages 13, 13 and 14.  I've been divorced and I've been through other family law matters personally.  My primary goal is to guide my clients through what may be the worst experience of their lives, and help them come out on the other side ready to thrive and start a new life.  With experience from a father's perspective I've chosen to focus my family law practice on helping fathers.  

 

 Curriculum Vitae:

Lee’s Summit High School-1994

 University of Notre Dame South Bend, IN

BA Economics, 1999 

UMKC School of Dentistry Kansas City, MO 

DDS, 2007

 UMKC School of Law Kansas City, MO

JD - 2017 

                 When a marriage is being dissolved, it is important to find a trustworthy attorney as soon as possible. Issues of property division, parenting arrangements, and maintenance (commonly called alimony) are complicated, and you should have someone to advocate for you in court.  While legal fees are often daunting at first, remember that your divorce will have a long-term impact on your relationship with your children and on your finances.  Finding a family attorney who understands what is important to you is crucial. 
                        Missouri Courts classify divorces as one of two types: contested anduncontested.  In a contested divorce the divorcing couple cannot agree on issuessuch as child support, custody of children, alimony, distribution of debtor division of property.  If the parties continue to disagree  after they attend mediation, the Judge will ultimately decide the contested issues.  Contested divorces can become very expensive and as such it can be wise to become amicable regarding arguments on issues of less importance.  A divorce in Missouri is uncontested if both spouses agree on all of the issues, including division of assets/debts,child custody, and child support/maintenance. Understandably uncontested divorces can resolve relatively quickly and inexpensively. 

 

CHILD CUSTODY

         In Missouri, the Courts recognize two specific types of child custody: legal custody and physical custody.  Legal custody refers to the parent(s) who has the decision-making rights, responsibilities, and authority relating to health, education and welfare of the child.  Physical custody refers to with which parent the child resides. The law considers "joint custody" to be in the best interest of the child. With joint legal custody, the parents shall confer with each other in the exercise of decision-making rights, responsibilities, and authority.  Joint physical custody shall be shared by the parents in such a way as to assure the child of frequent, continuing and meaningful contact with both parents. 

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                                                                          MODIFICATIONS

        Sometimes a divorce agreement/decree or a child custody agreement becomes outdated, irrelevant, or unreasonable.  Yet the Court will not change the agreement/decree simply because one party no longer feels it is fair.  In order to modify a custody order there must be a substantial and continuing change in circumstances that warrants the modification. 

VISITATION 

     In general, with all other things being equal, Missouri Courts favor joint custody over sole custody.  There is a presumption by Missouri Courts, a presumption I personally agree with, that it is in the best interests of a child to have a meaningful relationship with both parents. Of course situations do arise where sole custody is the most appropriate outcome.

Traffic Law/General Law

I practice in misdemeanor criminal defense (traffic law), LLC/corporation formation, personal injury, as well as medical and dental malpractice on a limited basis. 

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