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Marta J. Papa

University City Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. My husband died after almost 50 years of marriage. I remarried 2 years ago and moved from my home state to MO.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Marshall Ross Hoekel
    2. Marta J. Papa
    3. Joshua T. Mathews
    4. Jayson Lutzky
    4 lawyer answers

    If both of your names are on most of the assets, you need a professional to help you separate your property. If you and your spouse are in agreement on most issues, you avoid hiring attorneys and can use just one mediator to help you make your decisions in a cooperative manner while following Missouri law. Using mediation could save you thousands of dollars over litigation and you will still receive input from an expert in the field of divorce. As an attorney/mediator with over 3500...

  2. Can an affair be held against me in a divorce if we have opened up our marriage sexually in the past?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Melvin G. Franke
    2. Marta J. Papa
    2 lawyer answers

    Since Missouri is a "No-fault Divorce "state, it is possible for you and your spouse to have a non-contested divorce, wherein "affairs" are not even taken into consideration by the Judge. "Misconduct" by both spouses can be seen as "leveling the playing field" so that the misconduct is not a big issue. The specific county and specific judge assigned in your case will be very important in deciding how much weight will be given to the marital misconduct. A lawyer who knows the judges'...

  3. Can I go through mediation instead of expensive contested divorce if there are no assets together?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Thomas R. Peppler
    2. Veronica Semino
    3. Brent Allan Rose
    4. Steven Eric Blumenthal
    5. Marta J. Papa
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    It sounds like you are wonderful candidates for mediation. Not only is it a more efficient and cost-effective process than litigation, but mediation allows YOU to stay in control of YOUR divorce rather than being at the mercy of a Judge or the court system. In mediation negotiations, both spouses have veto power and have the freedom to customize their decisions in order to find a mutually agreeable solution. Even though you are divorcing, you will still need to find ways to work together to...