Divorce

What Makes a Divorce Complex?

What Makes a Divorce Complex?

Divorce can be challenging. From managing emotions to navigating legal matters, there are many aspects to consider. Let’s explore why divorce can be so complex. Emotional Turmoil Divorce is inherently an emotionally charged experience. Feelings of hurt, anger, and sadness can cloud judgment and hinder effective communication. Navigating these emotions while making critical decisions about the future can amplify the complexity of the process. Financial Issues Financial matters often add a layer of complexity to divorce proceedings. Dividing assets, liabilities, and determining financial support can be intricate tasks. Complications may arise from jointly owned or co-mingled properties, investments, retirement accounts, and businesses. Ensuring a fair and equitable distribution requires thorough financial assessment and negotiation. Child Custody and Support For couples with children, deciding custody and…

6 Reason Not to Date While Going Through a Divorce

6 Reason Not to Date While Going Through a Divorce

So, you might be wondering, can you start dating while you’re in the middle of a divorce? Well, technically, you can. But let’s talk about why you might want to think twice about it. First off, it’s important to realize that dating during a divorce can make an already tough situation even tougher. Here’s why: In conclusion, while it might be tempting to jump back into the dating pool during your divorce, but it’s essential to consider the potential consequences. Take your time to focus on yourself and your family during this challenging time and save the dating adventures for later. Contact Family Ally If you have questions or need legal assistance regarding divorce or any other family law matter, please contact Jennifer Piper at 314-449-9800 to…

How Can I Keep My Divorce Private?

How Can I Keep My Divorce Private?

Going through a divorce is never easy, but it’s crucial to protect your privacy throughout the process. Collaborative Divorce and Mediation provide ways to navigate this challenging time while ensuring that your personal information remains confidential. Let’s explore how these methods keep your divorce private. Confidentiality in Collaborative Divorce Protecting Privacy Through Mediation Types of Information Kept Private Ensuring Privacy Protection In Collaborative Divorce and Mediation, confidentiality is of utmost importance for safeguarding your privacy throughout the divorce process. By understanding what type of information remains confidential and working with professionals who uphold privacy standards, you can navigate divorce proceedings with confidence and discretion. Remember, your privacy is worth safeguarding, and Collaborative Divorce and Mediation offer the tools you need to preserve it during this…

Family Ally: What’s In The Name Of Your Firm?

Family Ally: What’s In The Name Of Your Firm?

When I set out to name my legal practice, I wanted something that truly reflected my values and the kind of support I aimed to provide to families. That’s why I turned to an online platform where creative minds come together to generate ideas. Among the suggestions, “Family Ally” stood out as the perfect fit. It wasn’t just a name; it captured the essence of what I wanted my practice to represent – a dedicated ally for families navigating legal challenges. From the beginning, I envisioned my practice as more than just a typical law firm. I wanted to offer comprehensive holistic support, including services like financial planning and therapy, to address the diverse needs of families. Although external challenges like the pandemic may have…

The Value of a Financial Neutral in Divorce

The Value of a Financial Neutral in Divorce

Divorce can be tough, especially when it comes to sorting out money matters. That’s where a neutral financial professional comes in. They’re like a trusted guide, helping both sides understand everything about their finances. Let’s talk about why having a financial neutral can make a significant difference in making sure everything’s fair and clear during a divorce. Transparency is Key When there is a financial neutral in the mix, there is no hiding assets or confusion about financial matters. The financial professional will facilitate open discussions, ensuring that you and your spouse understand the full scope of your financial situation. From properties to investments to debts, everything is laid out on the table for clear, transparent decision-making. Expertise Beyond Attorneys While lawyers provide legal expertise,…

Why I’m Participating in Divorce with Respect Week

Growing up, I witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of a contentious divorce. As a child of parents who engaged in bitter litigation, I experienced the emotional toll it took on our family. The constant conflict, animosity, and tension created a toxic environment that left lasting scars on everyone involved. My own experiences fueled my passion for advocating for a better way to navigate divorce – one that prioritizes respect, empathy, and collaboration. What is Divorce with Respect Week? After over 20 years of practicing law, primarily in litigation-focused cases, I’ve come to realize that there is a better way to handle divorce. Divorce with Respect Week is a national initiative that aims to raise awareness about the Collaborative Divorce process and alternative dispute resolution methods….

Can Post-Divorce Relationships Be Preserved?

Can Post-Divorce Relationships Be Preserved?

The end of a marriage doesn’t necessarily mark the end of a relationship, especially when children are involved. From school events to significant life milestones, the need to maintain a respectful relationship with your ex-spouse can extend well beyond the legal finalization of a divorce. This ongoing connection underscores the importance of fostering amicable relations, even in the face of emotional challenges. Here are some practical tips for preserving relationships post-divorce, to help ensure a supportive environment for everyone involved. Communicate with Respect Effective communication serves as the cornerstone for having a positive relationship post-divorce. Adopting a business-like approach, particularly in written and verbal exchanges, can help prevent misunderstandings and unnecessary conflict. By setting aside personal grievances and prioritizing constructive dialogue, you can foster an…

St. Louis Attorney Jennifer Piper Joins Divorce With Respect Week™ Initiative

St. Louis Attorney Jennifer Piper Joins Divorce With Respect Week™ Initiative

In collaboration with Divorce with Respect Week™, St. Louis Attorney and Family Ally, Jennifer Piper is joining divorce professionals nationwide to offer free 30-minute virtual divorce consultations between March 4 and 8, 2024.  During these consultations, she will meet virtually with anyone seeking to better understand the divorce process and options for how they might divorce. “Divorce With Respect Week™ is the perfect way to draw attention to the Collaborative Divorce process, which helps families avoid the damage of drawn-out court battles,” said Jennifer Piper. “I think this is a great opportunity for couples facing the reality of divorce to each talk separately with an attorney or to speak with a Divorce Financial Professional or Divorce Coach and learn more about how an out of…

St. Louis Contempt of Court Lawyer

St. Louis Contempt of Court Lawyer

When it comes to lack of compliance with a family court order, many remedies are available, the strongest of which is filing a motion to hold the non-compliant party in contempt of court. Civil contempt of court carries serious consequences. While not a criminal offense, civil contempt could result in jail time in extreme cases. A judge will not find someone in contempt without good cause. You can file a motion for contempt with the help of a dedicated family law advisor. Don’t file a motion on your own, schedule a consultation with a St. Louis contempt of court lawyer. Proving Civil Contempt Before the court can issue a finding of contempt and any penalties, evidence must be presented to show that the party had…

St. Louis Post-Divorce Disputes Lawyer

St. Louis Post-Divorce Disputes Lawyer

While a divorce decree is legally binding on both parties, it is not necessarily permanent. Some divorce terms can be modified after the dissolution of marriage, especially when there are children involved. If you feel as though a modification of your divorce order is necessary, you should let a skilled family law attorney help determine whether your circumstances qualify you to make chances. A St. Louis post-divorce lawyer can evaluate the facts of your situation and advise you on the best way to move forward with requesting a modification. Spousal Maintenance Maintenance is paid from one spouse to the other after the dissolution of their marriage. Modifiable maintenance is common is Missouri. You may need to go back to Court to seek to have maintenance…