St. Louis Family Lawyer
Going through a divorce or custody dispute could turn your entire life upside-down, adversely affect your finances, force you to find a new home, or limit how much time you are able to spend with your children. Too often, people think that fighting in court is the only option. Litigating in court should be a last resort. Fortunately, there are better options such as Mediation and Collaborative Divorce. As your Family Ally, we will help you navigate the process and resolve the issues with the help of an experienced St. Louis family lawyer. A family law advisor from our team can help you take the right steps toward achieving the best possible outcome.
About Jennifer R. Piper
Jennifer R. Piper practices in all areas of family law. She received her law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law and graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.A. in political science. She is a member of the Missouri Bar Association.
Jennifer Piper is an advocate for finding solutions to important family law decisions without going to court. As your Family Ally, she recommends processes such as Mediation and Collaborative Divorce for resolving most family law issues. She is an experienced family law attorney, who has seen the damage that drawn-out court battles cause to families and wants to help families avoid that damage.
Ms. Piper was named a Rising Star, Up and Coming Lawyer for the State of Missouri by Missouri Lawyers Weekly for 2009; a Rising Star, Up and Coming Lawyer for 2010-2015 by Missouri Super Lawyers; for 2021-2023, Ms. Piper is selected as Missouri Super Lawyers and named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2017-2023 in the practice area of Family Law. St Louis Small Business Monthly recognized Ms. Piper as one of the Best Attorneys in St. Louis for 2020. Ms. Piper received a Women’s Justice Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly in 2019. Ms. Piper served as a member of the 2010 and 2011 inaugural class of Barristers in The Theodore McMillian American Inn of Court, as well as a member and Past President of The St. Louis County Bar Association. Learn More…
What Our Clients Say
Jennifer represented me when my ex took me back to court for a modification of our child support agreement. Jennifer and Alison were both very professional, responsive, answered all of my questions, and represented me and my interests in a manner better than I had seen at the firm that handled my initial divorce. It’s never a good situation to have to call on a Family Law attorney, but I know I can count on Jennifer Piper Law if I need anything in the future. They are very personable and professional women who care about what they do!
~ Kathryn Ayres
An Overview of Family Law
Family law is primarily concerned with the various legal issues that can come up between family members. A St. Louis family law attorney from Family Ally can work with you in a Mediation or Collaborative Divorce. We will be with you every step of the way, including in negotiations to reach a settlement of your case. We will draft important documents such as divorce settlements, Prenuptial Agreements, and custody agreements. Our experienced team can help you prepare for your future after the resolution of your family law matter.
Divorce: In St. Louis, the term “dissolution of marriage” and “divorce” are interchangeable. An uncontested marriage dissolution involves two spouses who agree on matters such as child custody, alimony, and division of property. If one spouse disputes any of these issues, there are opportunities to resolve those issues through negotiations using Mediation or Collaborative Divorce. These two options allow you to avoid the pain, again and expense of going to court.
Spousal Support/Alimony: During divorce proceedings, we can help you to obtain spousal support – also referred to as alimony or spousal maintenance. The party requesting maintenance must show that they need financial assistance from their former spouse following the breakup of their marriage and that they are unable to provide for all of their own needs.
Child Custody & Support: Child custody in St. Louis involves where your child will live regularly as well as how parents will share decision-making authority regarding your child’s welfare. Physical custody is determined by the schedule of custody and who the child resides with primarily. Legal custody involves how decisions are made regarding your child. Child support, on the other hand, is calculated based on several important factors, including the custody arrangement, the incomes of both parents, and any special needs the child may have. All of these questions can be resolved in Mediation or Collaborative Divorce rather than asking a judge, who doesn’t know your family, to make those decisions for you.