Experienced Divorce Lawyers in St. Louis

We offer flexible appointment scheduling, with evening, weekend, and off-site appointments available for your convenience. We strive to keep our divorce fees reasonable.

Divorce isn’t about winning or losing – it’s about moving from one phase of your life to the next. Settling your concerns and disputes in the most amicable way possible promotes a much more positive future for you and your children.

At Rogers Sevastianos & Bante, LLP, our family law attorneys help people throughout the Greater Saint Louis, Missouri, area who are considering divorce or experiencing other issues. We focus on problem-solving and working with you to seek effective and sensible solutions to difficult issues. We concentrate on planning for your family’s long-term future and making choices that support your goals.

Contact us online or by calling (314) 354-8484 to schedule a free in-office or telephone consultation.

Effective Counsel in All Divorce & Family Law Matters

Our knowledgeable Missouri divorce attorneys have successfully handled numerous divorce cases throughout the Saint Louis area. They know the divorce process and the local courts. This allows them to give you an accurate picture of how your divorce case will most likely proceed.

We are dedicated to helping you with any divorce matters you may have. Our attorneys are experienced in a variety of divorce and family law areas to ensure the most favorable outcomes. Our practice areas include:

In either a divorce or separation agreement, many factors can come into play. We are prepared to assist you with all divorce-related matters, including property division, spousal support/alimony, child support, and child custody and visitation.

How Our St. Louis Divorce Lawyers Can Help

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce

Uncontested divorces are situations where both parties are in agreement to the terms of the divorce. However, if both parties cannot come to an agreement on the terms of divorce, the situation is considered a contested divorce. Uncontested divorces cost less than contested divorces and are generally finalized sooner due to a lack of court hearings and back and forth negotiations.

Some of the most common issues that spouses tend to disagree on, leading to contested divorce include:

  • Child Custody
  • Distribution of Assets
  • Spousal Support
  • Child Support
  • Allocating Debt

Regardless of whether a divorce is contested or uncontested, you need to consult an experienced attorney about your situation. Our St. Louis divorce attorneys can fight for your rights, guide you throughout the process, and ensure that your best interests are protected.

Division of Marital Property and Debt

In today’s tight economy, a large percentage of our divorce clients are concerned about the division of marital property and debt, particularly what will happen to the family home. Our background in real estate law, combined with our experience in family law, allows us to provide solutions that protect your best interests.

When dividing marital assets, we are able to handle concerns including:

  • Division and sale of the family home and other real estate interests
  • Division of pensions, retirement plans, 401(k)s and IRAS
  • QDROs
  • Division of business or partnership interests

Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance, also known as alimony or spousal support, is one of the more difficult issues in a divorce. We assist clients whose divorces include the possibility of spousal maintenance. For example, in a long marriage where one spouse earns wages and the other stays home to raise children, it may be necessary to allow the stay-at-home parent a chance to build up their earning capacity.

Child Paternity, Support, Custody, Relocation, and Visitation

Paternity has legal consequences for the mother, the father, and the child. Once paternity is determined, in a divorce, a man can be held legally responsible for child support and responsibility, and both the mother and father can fight for custody and visitation rights.

In Missouri, child support is calculated using a formula. It is possible to get a variation from the child support formula if applying the formula would be unjust or unreasonable for any reason.

Child custody and visitation plans are called parenting plans in the state of Missouri. Parenting plans establish a child’s place of residence and primary guardianship and determine the time that each parent will have with the child. 

If a parent decides to move to a different state, this could affect child custody and visitation rights. In Missouri, if a parent wants to move away for longer than 90 days and take the children, that parent first has to provide the non-moving parent with notice 60 days before the move. If adequate notice is not given, the court could modify custody and visitation rights (§452.377).

High Asset Divorce

When divorcing couples have significant assets, there is a lot at stake. From real estate and investments to businesses, retirement accounts, and other liabilities, we will make sure that your best interests are protected during this time. We work closely with clients involved in high asset divorces to make sure that they have the resources and support needed to bring their situation to a positive, beneficial resolution.

Military Divorce

With deployments, unpredictable work hours, and rigid travel schedules, military divorces are unique and complex. Our attorneys can help you with property division, child support, spousal maintenance, and any other family law matter that needs to be addressed. We understand the Servicemember Civil Relief Act, 10/10 rule, and the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act, and exactly how to use these policies to protect your rights.

Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial agreements can save both parties time and money in the event of a divorce. However, Missouri has not adopted the Uniform Prenuptial Agreement Act (UPAA), which strictly enforces prenuptial agreements. In Missouri, if a spouse rejects the agreement during divorce due to unrealistic conditions, stating that they did not voluntarily sign the agreement, citing the inaccurate value of all assets and debts, or other reasons, a prenuptial agreement may not be enforceable by the courts. If this occurs, our experienced family law attorneys are here to help protect your rights.

Legal Separation

Under Missouri law, a legal separation is a court recognized formal separation of spouses that protects the financial and legal rights of both parties but is not a final end to the marriage. Like in a divorce, child custody, distribution of assets, allocating of debt, and other matters are addressed. Our attorneys can ensure that you are fully informed of your rights and options.

PDL Motion

PDLs can offer a sense of stability to children amidst the stress and uncertainty of divorce. We can help produce a PDL that grants a temporary custody order and temporary Parenting Plan (including spousal maintenance and child support), as well as sets boundaries for who has possession of the marital residence and other assets during this time.

Contact Our St. Louis Divorce Attorneys for a Free Consultation

If you need an experienced family law attorney to handle your divorce, call or contact our experienced divorce lawyers at (314) 354-8484 for more information. We provide free consultations, either by phone or in-office, as well as flexible appointment scheduling, with evening, weekend, and off-site appointments available for your convenience. We strive to keep our divorce fees reasonable.

Additionally, firm partner Joe Bante is also licensed to practice in Illinois. For more information, please contact the lawyers of Rogers Sevastianos & Bante, LLP by calling (314) 354-8484.

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