Some of the most common types of family law cases we handle for our valued clients are contested and uncontested divorces. Whether your divorce is shaping up to be amicable or not, we can assist you.
One of the most pressing issues in a divorce is that of child custody and support. We can help you navigate custody negotiations and fight for the outcome you want.
If a child is born to unmarried parents, paternity must be legally established with the state before a father can be granted custodial rights. Westhoff Law, LC helps clients in Arnold, Imperial, Fenton, Jefferson County, St. Louis County, and surrounding counties with all matters pertaining to paternity.
The amount of child support the court orders depends on many factors, some of which may be out of your control. Westhoff Law, LC represents those seeking child support as well as those who wish to modify their child support obligation.
Common Child Support Disputes
The legal team at Westhoff Law, LC has dealt with nearly every type of child support case. That being said, the majority of the cases we accept typically involve one or more of the following elements:
- Initial child support negotiations & proceedings
- Nonpayment of court ordered support
- Paternity concerns
Here for You When It Counts
Regardless of which side of the child support issue you find yourself on, you deserve high-quality legal backing that supports your personal goals and the goals you have for your family’s future.
We also provide counsel to people in matters regarding maintenance, formerly known as alimony. We represent people seeking spousal maintenance as well as those who may be required to make spousal support payments.
Child Custody Modifications
The courts will consider a modification of child custody if there has been a substantial change of circumstance that causes the existing custodial arrangement to no longer be in the best interests of the minor child or children. Examples of such causes include, but are not limited to:
- Loss of employment or housing
- Major health condition that affects a parent’s ability to care for a child
- Changes in living conditions that are detrimental to the child
- Abuse or other behavior that threatens the child’s safety
Spousal Support/Maintenance Modifications
Much like in the case of child custody, there are several extenuating circumstances that require a modification of a spousal support order. Though the list is not exhaustive, a judge may consider a modification if any the following occur:
- Retirement, substantial change in income, or involuntary unemployment
- Major health conditions or disabilities that affect income-earning potential
- Nonpayment of maintenance under the existing order
Growing your family through adoption is a wonderful opportunity for all involved. Westhoff Law, LC can assist your family through the adoption process.
Who Can Adopt & Be Adopted?
Anyone can be adopted in Missouri at any point in their life, though people age 14 and older must consent to be adopted. If you are seeking to become adoptive parents, you will need to show the court that you:
- Are mentally & physically capable of caring for a child
- Are financially stable
- Have housing that meets the state’s requirements
- Consent to & pass a child abuse and criminal background check
- Are willing to cooperate with the child’s birth family, if applicable
- Complete all required parenting training and other assessments
Types of Adoption
Just like families, adoptions come in all shapes and sizes. Westhoff Law, LC is experienced in handling all kinds of adoption, including:
- Step-parent & second-parent
- Foster care