Why Choose Masterson Law?
On the Journey with You
You may have heard of big law firms who pass off cases to junior associates, that’s not Masterson Law. Summer directly handles all cases and will be your point of contact and partner throughout the entire divorce.
Experienced with Divorces
Summer has a great deal of experience with divorces in Springfield. From routine to contentious, she is a proven litigator in the courtroom and her work as been published by the Missouri Bar. No matter your situation, Summer is here to help you navigate.
“Divorces are difficult, personal matters. It’s my job to give you a piece of mind and look out for your best interests.”
Summer Masterson-Goethals, Masterson Law
Throughout her legal career, there has always been a common thread with Summer: the belief that everyone deserves high-quality representation at an accessible price. Summer Masterson-Goethals has been described as the ‘perfect’ attorney for their divorce by previous clients on account of her tenacious presence during legal proceedings, personal attention, and supportive encouragement throughout the process. Choosing Masterson Law will put your mind at ease and help you get on with your life.
Springfield MO Divorce Questions
What state do I file for divorce?
You must be a resident of Missouri for the preceding 90 days prior to filing.
Is it possible to get a divorce in Springfield without going through the courts?
No, and yes. You must file a divorce petition in court to get legally divorced; however, you can participate in mediation or utilize a collaborative divorce process that will allow you to reach an agreement on all issues so that a settlement agreement can be drafted and filed with the court. In that instance, your attorney will request the court to enter a judgment based upon your settlement agreement. The parties can usually appear by affidavit, which allows them to avoid any court appearances.
Is it more cost effective for us to try to work out custody together, rather than involve the law?
You will need to file a case and have a judgment from the court for certain protections to apply. That being said, you can always hire an attorney to draft the proper paperwork so that you can avoid lengthy litigation in court.
Divorce and bills in Springfield, MO – what’s the law on this?
Missouri is a “non-marital property” state, meaning, your debt is not considered marital unless you signed an agreement in writing obligating each of the parties. Whoever signed the agreement is obligated. The exception to this general rule is medical bills and some other special types of the creditor, such as the IRS and child support.
Read more about alimony laws (spousal support) in Missouri and and feel free to email our team with any specific questions that are not answered in the page.
Is not following the financial terms of a divorce in Springfield, MO considered breaking the law?
Yes, that is ground for contempt of court.
How long after a separation should I wait to contact a Springfield divorce lawyer to start divorce proceedings?
When you are ready to file for divorce. Do note that waiting a long time may result in a destruction of evidence or creation of negative evidence. If you have children, complicated financial dealings or other issues – that may complicate the divorce as well. A family lawyer in Springfield like Summer Masterson-Goethals can help you navigate all these decisions whenever you are mentally ready to proceed. Knowing your options early-on in the process will help you see the best plan forward more clearly.
With a Springfield. MO divorce: How much is it just to talk to a lawyer and see my options?
Our office offers a free consultation on all family law matters. We also offer a special reduced fee for an instructive consultation where you can ask all the questions you may have, even if you don’t intend on retaining a lawyer for the entire process.
Can I get visitations supervised in an uncontested divorce if he agrees to it?
Yes, if both parties agree to most terms, the court will allow it. Divorces with child custody issues can often be contentious and stressful. We will work tirelessly to protect your interests and the best outcome possible.
Is cheating grounds for divorce in Springfield, MO?
No, Missouri is a “no fault” divorce state; but, cheating is potentially grounds for a change in the normal 50/50 rule on distribution of marital assets and debts.
Summer Masterson-Goethals is a Springfield Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 recipient.
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Consumer and family lawyer, former legal aid attorney and Missouri Bar Leadership Academy member, Springfield Business Journal 40 under 40 Honoree.
1771 S. Fremont
Springfield, MO 65804
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