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Supporting Missouri’s Families In Good Times And Bad

Few areas of the law touch on more personal and intimate topics than family law. At Shipman & DeHardt, P.C., our husband and wife team of attorneys understands this on a deep level. We can help your family with legal matters that include:

  • Divorce
  • Child support
  • Divorce decree modification and enforcement actions
  • Spousal support (alimony)
  • Child custody and visitation plans
  • Adoption
  • Proceedings relating to juvenile delinquency or dependency

Our Approach To Resolving Family Conflicts

Our firm believes that family law matters can be resolved in a manner that creates a new chapter for you and your children, rather than ending the book entirely. We believe the following:

Alimony: Divorce should not devastate either party financially. We work with you to request or respond to requests for spousal support.
Child custody and visitation: Custody plans should allow you to co-parent successfully and care for your children appropriately after a divorce.
Child support: Child support payments — whether you are paying or receiving them — should allow your children to be raised in a way that enhances their health and well-being.
Child support modification and enforcement: If circumstances change for either parent after the divorce, our firm can help you modify the terms of your divorce decree, or enforce orders that have not been adhered to.
Divorce: Our goal is to help you gain an equitable share of the things you created together during your marriage. This includes child support and custody, division of assets and the division of property.
Juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings: We are committed to navigating Missouri’s complex laws to protect your parenting rights.

In many circumstances, family law cases can be resolved through mediation or collaborative law. Mediation can often provide more expedient, predictable results than a trial. Our attorneys are trained mediators and can help you negotiate a fair divorce settlement.

We Are Committed To Your Family’s Welfare

We care about our clients and their families. We are ready to help you with your family law problems. For an appointment, call us in Lee’s Summit at (816) 287-1223 or email our firm.