Family Law & Divorce Attorney Representing Clients in St. Louis, Jefferson County, & Surrounding Areas

Divorce

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.

Child Custody

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.

Paternity

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.

Child Support

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.

Spousal Maintenance

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.

Modifications

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
  • Remarriage
  • Nonpayment of maintenance under the existing order

Adoptions

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:

  • Adult
  • Newborn
  • Step-parent & second-parent
  • Inter-family
  • Foster care
  • Single-parent
  • Same-sex
  • Domestic

Westhoff Law, LC serves clients in Arnold, Fenton, Festus, Crystal City, Barnhart, St. Louis, and Jefferson County. Contact our firm today at (636) 296-8383 to schedule a consultation.