Kansas City Divorce Basics
If you feel that problems in your marriage are irresolvable, a Kansas City divorce may be your best option. In Kansas City, divorce is often called a dissolution.
This article will explain the basics of filing for divorce in Kansas City, Missouri. If you have additional questions, you can always reach out to Kansas City divorce attorneys. Whether you are getting a divorce in Volker, Pendleton Heights, Armour Hills or another part of the city, Attorneys.com can connect you to divorce attorneys in Kansas City. Just fill out the online form, or call 1-877-913-7222. After answering a few questions, Attorneys.com will provide you with the name of at least one area divorce lawyer. He will contact you within two business days, or you can contact him at your own convenience.
Kansas City Divorce Requirements
Before you can file for a Kansas City divorce, you must first meet some basic residency requirements.
Under Missouri law, either you or your spouse must have been a resident of Kansas City for at least 90 days prior to filing. You or your spouse can also be a member of the armed services who is been stationed in Kansas City.
You must also have proper grounds to file for divorce. Grounds just means a reason why you are filing for divorce.
In Kansas City, you can use the ground that the marriage is irretrievably broken to get a no-fault divorce. No-fault divorces are those in which the party filing for divorce does not have to prove the other party is guilty of wrongdoing.
If, however, one spouse disagrees that the marriage is irretrievably broken, the other spouse may have to prove that it is. This is often the case if there is disagreement regarding such things as child custody or spousal support. To prove this, the spouse will have to show the court one of the following:
- Abandonment for six months
- Consensually living apart for one year
- Involuntary separation for two years
Kansas City Divorce Courts
If you meet the requirements to file for a Kansas City divorce, you will want to obtain a copy of the proper divorce documents and file them with the appropriate court.
The document you need to file for divorce in Kansas City is known as a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.
You will need to file this petition with the Circuit Court in the county in which either you or your spouse resides. Because Kansas City technically encompasses four counties, you will file your petition in one of these four courts:
- Jackson County Circuit Court
- Clay County Circuit Court
- Cass County Circuit Court
- Platte County Circuit Court
Other Kansas City Divorce Issues
There may be other steps in your divorce besides dissolving your marriage.
If you and your spouse share property or debt together, you will need to divide these as part of your divorce. The two of you can come to an agreement on property and debt allocation, or you can have the court make a decision. If you leave it up to the court, the judge will consider some of the following factors:
- Child custody arrangements
- The economic circumstances of each spouse
- The contribution of each spouse in acquiring marital property, which is property you and your spouse share ownership of
- The value of your and your spouse's individual property
- Marital conduct
You and your spouse will also have to make agreement on child custody, visitation and support issues if you currently share custody of children. You and your spouse may negotiate these arrangements outside of court. If no agreement can be reached, a judge will have to make a decision.
Finally, depending on the finances of both spouses, the court may make a decision regarding alimony. Alimony is money provided by one individual to a former spouse for the purposes of financial spousal support.