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Evolution of Divorce.

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In the United States, including Missouri, divorce laws have undergone significant changes over the years. Here are some general trends that have been observed:

  1. Fault-Based System to No-Fault Divorce:
    • Historically, many states, including Missouri, operated under a fault-based divorce system, where one spouse had to prove that the other was at fault (such as adultery, cruelty, or abandonment) to obtain a divorce.
    • The shift to no-fault divorce began in the 1970s. This means that couples could divorce without proving any fault but simply citing irreconcilable differences.
  2. Changes in Alimony and Property Division:
    • Laws regarding alimony (spousal support) and the division of property have evolved over time. Initially, alimony was often granted to the wife, but modern laws aim for a more equitable distribution of assets and may not automatically award alimony.
  3. Child Custody and Support:
    • Child custody laws have also evolved to prioritize the best interests of the child. Shared custody arrangements and joint custody have become more common.
    • Child support laws have been established to ensure that noncustodial parents contribute financially to the upbringing of their children.
  4. Waiting Periods and Residency Requirements:
    • Some states, including Missouri, have waiting periods and residency requirements before a divorce can be finalized. These requirements have been subject to change over the years.
  5. Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution:
    • There is an increasing emphasis on alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation, to help couples reach agreements outside of the courtroom.

To get the most up-to-date and specific information on the evolution of divorce laws in Missouri, you may want to consult legal resources, the Missouri State Bar Association, or speak with a family law attorney who can provide information based on the latest legislative changes and court decisions. Legal databases, government websites, or contacting legal professionals can help you access the most recent information.

At Raza Family Law Solutions, we practice family law effectively guiding clients through prenuptial and post nuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage, modifications of prior judgments, and resolving child custody disputes. We also help families take a different approach to divorce with mediation and collaborative work.  Contact us for a consultation at (314) 314-5505.

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