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Margaret P. Murphy

Margaret Murphy’s Legal Guides

14 total


  • Grandparent's Rights in Missouri

    In recent years, the issue of whether a grandparent has the right to visit with a grandchild has become more prevalent. Sadly, when parents decide to get divorced, the parents of the non-custodial parent often end up cut off from their grandchildren. The issue of grandparent visi...

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  • Divorce and Co-Parenting

    What is really unfair is to deny your child their relationship with the other parent, the same relationship you enjoy, in order to punish the other parent or because co-parenting seems overwhelming.

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  • Educational Decisions for your Child in Missouri

    As we are heading into the heart of summer, many clients are wondering where their child will be attending school in the Fall semester.I have several clients who are going through this same decision process right now.If you are in the middle of litigation on where your child is g...

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  • Missouri: I lost my job, how do I lower my child support?

    As we all know, the economy has been in a slump.Many people inMissourihave lost their jobs or seen their paycheck and hours cut.Every client or potential client I meet with asks how much child support might be.Most clients are horrified at how high child support can be, even with...

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  • Missouri: What is Legal Custody?

    What is legal custody?When most clients come in they know what kind of physical custody they are looking to enjoy with their children.Many though do not realize that physical custody is not the only kind of custody available.Legal custody covers major decision making responsibili...

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  • Missouri: LIving with Steparents, a Kid's Perspective

    When two people get married, they expect to be together forever.As adults we know that peoples feelings can change over time.This can happen even if both adults are dedicated to the children they share.Divorce is never an easy decision.Many times your children will be happier if ...

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  • Missouri: Mediation in your Divorce or Custody case, can it work?

    The role of mediation in resolving divorces and paternity is becoming much more common.One of the reasons it is so popular is because if successful, it can be much less costly than a contentious court battle.Mediation is mandatory in some states. In some of these states mediation...

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  • Missouri: I am in a hurry, how fast can I get divorced?

    I conduct several initial appointments a week for potential clients.One of the most frequent questions I am asked is how fast can we get this done?In todays economy and times, many clients want to streamline what can be a lengthy and costly process. The request for a quickie divo...

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  • Missouri: The Role of Maintenance

    An issue that I deal with in my practice that seems to be coming up more frequently is that of maintenance, otherwise called alimony, or spousal support.In this economy, many adults are out of work.They need every penny to meet their monthly expenses.One such source of funds is t...

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  • Missouri: Separate and Marital Property

    The State ofMissouriis considered a modified no-fault state in terms of filing for Dissolution of Marriage.This eliminates the requirements either party may have to prove dates of separation or bad acts on the part of the other party. The State ofMissourialso offers to parties s...

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