Southwest Missouri Attorney Advocates for Family Law Clients
Springfield law firm handles divorce and other issues with skill and dignity
Family law concerns affect every aspect of your life. For any domestic legal issue, Ozarks Family Law in Springfield delivers the level of professionalism and care that you deserve. Attorney Dylan Driskell represents clients throughout Greene, Webster and Christian counties in all types of family legal matters, including divorces, custody disputes and adoptions. We know how difficult these issues can be and are dedicated not only to pursuing the best possible result, but also to providing open communication and emotional support throughout the process so that the struggles of the past give way to hope for the future.
Comprehensive legal assistance for spouses who are ending a marriage
Our firm provides personalized representation to men and women going through a divorce. We can craft a strategy tailored to your needs and advise you on issues such as:
- Fault and no-fault dissolution — State law authorizes marriage dissolution either on a no-fault basis due to a breakdown in the marriage or on one of several fault grounds. After evaluating your situation, we can advise you on which type of divorce may be best for you.
- Property division — Missouri courts allocate marital property according to the principle of equitable distribution. This means that a judge divides marital assets based on what he or she thinks is fair. Often, this is not an equal split. We ensure that the court has the correct and complete information to maximize the likelihood of a fair result.
- Maintenance — Maintenance, more commonly referred to as alimony, can be ordered by the court if one ex-spouse is not able to be self-supporting due to a lack of earning ability or because they need to take care of a child. In making this decision, courts can examine a variety of factors such as the age of the parties, duration of the marriage and the standard of living established during the union.
- Uncontested divorce — Divorce is hard enough without spending unnecessary time and money on legal wrangling. If you and your spouse can reach consensus on the dissolution terms, we will facilitate an effective resolution through an uncontested divorce.
We treat you and every client with the utmost care and respect, always keeping in mind the lasting effect that your divorce will have on your family relationships, finances and overall well-being.
Lawyer helps parents pursue appropriate child custody and visitation terms
It is usually desirable for divorcing parents to reach an agreement regarding custody and the upbringing of their children. Whenever possible, we will help establish parenting plans that enable each parent to maintain frequent and meaningful contact with their kids. This requires careful drafting of visitation terms and clear directions on decision-making authority. If this cannot be accomplished by consensus, we will make the strongest possible argument to the court for a ruling that is in your child’s best interests.
Skilled advice for matters relating to child support payments
Missouri child support determinations are based on factors such as the income of each parent, medical insurance and childcare costs, spousal maintenance, and the amount of time the child will spend in each parent’s home. Our firm investigates the relevant information to ensure that correct figures are provided to the court. If you need help with the modification or enforcement or an order or your co-parent is intentionally avoiding work, we can litigate your case immediately.
Assistance for those wishing to adopt
Adding a child to your family through adoption should be one of life’s most joyful events, but the process can often be frustrating without skilled legal advice. Whether you wish to adopt a stepchild or a child currently in Missouri’s foster care system, we will guide you through each step of the adoption process and ensure that all legal requirements are met.
Contact a dedicated Southwest Missouri family lawyer for a initial consultation
At Ozarks Family Law, we advise Southwest Missouri clients in all types of family law matters, including those involving divorce and custody disputes. When you need assistance with any type of family law dispute, we are here to help and offer hope for the future. Please call 417-530-4050 or contact us online to schedule a initial consultation at our Springfield office.