Hannibal, Missouri Family Lawyers

Eric Bond
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Palmyra, MO Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(573) 769-6155 102 N. Main St.
Palmyra, MO 63461
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DWI and Divorce
Mississippi College School of Law
Meredith Morrow Illa
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Palmyra, MO Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(573) 769-4298 406 S. Dickerson St
PO Box 488
Palmyra, MO 63461
Family, Business, Estate Planning and Juvenile
Thomas Ellis
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Mexico, MO Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
108 N. Jefferson Street
Mexico, MO 65265
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals, Divorce and Estate Planning
University of Missouri - Columbia
Thomas Ellis is an attorney driven by his enthusiasm for making his clients' lives better. He offers friendly and accessible legal counsel in a relaxed setting, talking confidentially with clients, and offering advice based upon the law.
E. Rex Bradley
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Louisiana, MO Family Law Attorney with 45 years experience
(573) 754-5582 2608 Georgia Street
Louisiana, MO 63353
Free ConsultationFamily, Collections, Criminal and Divorce
University of Missouri - Columbia
Awarded a rating of AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest possible rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards. A Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating attests to a lawyer's legal ability and professional ethics, and reflects the confidential opinions of the Bar and the Judiciary.
Bowling Green, MO Family Law Attorney with 45 years experience
(573) 324-5359 206 W Main St
Bowling Green, MO 63334
Family, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Marta Papa
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(314) 862-0202 7101 Delmar Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63130
Saint Louis, MO Family Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
University of Houston - Main Campus
Marta divides her time between mediating and litigating family law matters. She has been practicing Family Law since 1980 and has successfully completed over 10,000 divorces. Marta received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston and obtained a post-graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy Training from the prestigious Menninger Psychiatric Institute. Marta has taught Mediation, Dissolution of Marriage and Civil Litigation at Webster University and St. Louis University in the Graduate School of Social Work. She also conducts family law mediation training seminars for lawyers, judges, and mental health professionals, as well as seminars for individuals considering divorce....
Jennifer L. Rench
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St. Louis, MO Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(314) 725-4000 200 S. Bemiston Ave
Suite 310
St. Louis, MO 63105
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Saint Louis University
Jennifer L. Rench is a family law attorney and owner of J. Rench Law Firm, LLC | St. Louis Divorce and Mediation. Her law firm helps clients through divorce by offering divorce mediation services, collaborative divorce services, and divorce representation.

Her philosophy is to help clients resolve legal matters in the most effective way possible. She accomplishes this through communication, collaboration, interest-based negotiations, and other progressive strategies. Her values center on understanding her clients’ needs and meeting those needs using her legal experience and problem solving skills. While she has served in other areas of law, family law is especially...
David Schorr Betz
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St. Louis, MO Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(314) 801-8488 120 E Lockwood Ave
St. Louis, MO 63119
Family and Divorce
Saint Louis University School of Law
I have been exclusively focused on family law for over a decade. Let me apply my experience, knowledge and relationships with the court's of St. Louis County, St. Louis City, Jefferson County and St. Charles County to help get you the results you need!
Tonya Page
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Kirkwood, MO Family Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(800) 227-2727 12166 Old Big Bend Rd
Ste 100
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Family and Divorce
University of Missouri - Columbia
Tonya D. Page is an attorney handling divorce cases in St. Louis and throughout the state of Missouri. In addition to divorce cases, Tonya handles dissolutions, division of property, annulment, child custody, child support, modifications, restraining orders, and maintenance (alimony).
Rachna Lien
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Clayton, MO Family Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(314) 722-8557 7733 Forsyth Blvd.
11th Floor
Clayton, MO 63105
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Rachna is dedicated to helping people access the tools the legal system has to offer in settling disputes and overcoming challenging situations.

For the first 6 years of her career, Rachna founded and directed Jane Doe Advocacy Center, a non-profit legal service center for survivors of sexual violence. She helped survivors navigate the legal aftermath of sexual abuse, focusing her work in family court. She also coached individuals through the criminal justice system as they participated in the prosecution of their perpetrators. During her time at Jane Doe, Rachna helped more than 600 individuals who had legal questions relating to sexual...
Cassie J. Carpenter
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Moberly, MO Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(800) 264-3455 110 N 5th St
Moberly, MO 65270
Free ConsultationFamily, Insurance Claims, Nursing Home and Personal Injury
Washburn University School of Law
Ms. Carpenter is an attorney with the law firm of Gump & Faiella, LLC. As a Columbia personal injury attorney, Ms. Carpenter focuses her law practice on cases involving injuries, insurance coverage, wrongful death, premises liability, product liability, and worker’s compensation. Ms. Carpenter grew up in Madison, Missouri. In 2001 she graduated from Madison High School with honors. She attended the University of Central Missouri and in 2005, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the Honors College. While studying at UCM, Ms. Carpenter was a McNair Scholar, a representative at the National Conference on Ethics...
Paola Arzu Stange
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(855) 805-0595 120 South Central Avenue Suite 450
Suite 401
Clayton, MO 63105
Clayton, MO Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
Family
Emory University
Paola Stange handles family law cases with knowledge and passion. She is a trained mediator, collaborative law attorney and guardian ad litem. Paola was one of five guardian at litems selected by St. Louis County Circuit Court Judges in 2011 to receive the Outstanding Volunteer Domestic Violence Guardian ad Litem Award.

Paola is a hard-working individual and with her husband and Founding Partner, Kirk, keeps Stange Law Firm, PC consistently growing. Paola received her Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia and is licensed in Missouri and Georgia (inactive).

Paola enjoys giving back to her community...
Eric L. Boehmer
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St. Charles, MO Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(636) 896-4020 1603 Boones Lick Road
St. Charles, MO 63301
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Missouri - Columbia
Eric Boehmer is an attorney with the experience, confidence and knowledge to deal with the authorities when it comes to defending individuals against criminal charges and defending your rights. Eric’s passion is the courtroom and trying cases. He has tried numerous Judge and Jury trials with an extremely high success rate. He has multiple acquittals in Class A felony jury trials as well as many lower level felony and misdemeanors. Eric’s proven track record and attention to detail in working for his clients has earned him a well deserved reputation as a successful attorney.
Salim Elias Awad
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Clayton, MO Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(314) 488-2555 222 S. Meramec Ave.
Suite 300
Clayton, MO 63105
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Saint Louis University School of Law
Salim E. Awad represents his clients exclusively in the areas of Family Law & Litigation, providing sophisticated counsel in matters involving Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Spousal Support, Property Division, and Paternity. His experience also includes counseling his clients on Immigration and Military Issues that frequently impact Family Law, as well as Mediation, Collaborative Family Law, and Other Forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Mr. Awad is licensed to practice law in the States of Missouri, Illinois, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri. He received his Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University School...
Sarah Brown
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(636) 949-3111 533 Jefferson St
St. Charles, MO 63301
St. Charles, MO Family Law Lawyer
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Regent University School of Law
Kelly M. Davidzuk
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(636) 487-0088 20 Centerline Drive
Troy, MO 63379
Troy, MO Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Appalachian School of Law
Kelly Davidzuk is a Partner managing Tulsa, St. Charles, Troy, Lee's Summit and Overland Park office locations. Stange Law Firm, PC is a family law firm with multiple offices in Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas. Call us today at 855-805-0595. *The choice of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements.* Kelly Davidzuk is responsible for the content. Principal place of business 120 South Central Ave, Suite 450, St. Louis (Clayton), MO 63105.
Steven William Neimeyer
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St. Louis, MO Family Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(314) 727-7100 8011 Clayton Road
Suite 207
St. Louis, MO 63117
Free ConsultationFamily, Estate Planning, Social Security Disability and Workers' Comp
Washington University School of Law
I have been practicing law since 1996. I have owned and operated my own Firm since 1998. I have practiced primarily in the area of family law (divorce, child custody/support, contempt, adoptions, guardianships and juvenile). I have expanded my practice to include Social Security Disability, Workers Compensation and Veterans Benefits. For the past 16 years I have also been retained by the St. Louis County Juvenile Courts to represent children in cases involving abuse and neglect. While practicing law I have also worked in the Fire Service for 13 years. In doing so,...
Joel Case
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(636) 861-1111 1190 Meramec Sta. Rd.
Suite 203
ballwin, 63021
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
Saint Louis University School of Law
Joel has been practicing law for over 40 years. Before opening his private law practice, he held positions in the U.S. Department of Justice, both in the U.S. Attorney's Office and its Civil Rights Division, where he earned a Special Achievement Award for 'sustained superior performance". Joel learned tenacity early on. He lettered in football while playing on the 1959 University of Missouri Orange Bowl team, and that year, the coaches bestowed him with the "Oil Can" Award for showing the most hustle and morale on the Tiger team. He began his practice with many...
Mr. C. Curran Coulter II
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(636) 244-6050 814 First Capital Drive
St. Charles, MO 63301
Free ConsultationSt. Charles, MO Family Law Attorney with 7 years experience
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Saint Louis University
See https://www.coulterlambson.com/our-attorneys/c-curran-coulter-ii/
Laurie (McMillan) Dodd
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St. Peters, MO Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(636) 922-1888 1284 Jungermann Road, Suite A
St. Peters, MO 63376
Free ConsultationFamily, DWI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Saint Louis University School of Law
I graduated law school at Saint Louis University School of Law in 2007. After several years of working for the big firms, I started my own practice, specializing in criminal defense, family law, and personal injury. Formerly known as Laurie A. McMillan, Attorney at Law.
Ramona A Gau
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(314) 782-1415 1795 Clarkson Road
Suite 150
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Chesterfield, MO Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
University of Missouri - Columbia
Ramona Gau graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hannibal LaGrange University. It was actually a very specific, negative incident during her time that helped her make the decision between being a police officer and being a lawyer. Seeking to live out the concept her dear Mother instilled in her, that if "you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life", Ramona went on to the University of Missouri- Columbia Law School. There she had the distinguished honor of placing in the Moot Court Top 10.

Because she understands that attorneys typically meet people going through especially hard...
Martha (Martie) M Clark
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St. Charles, MO Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(636) 922-5529 2460 Executive Drive #120
St. Charles, MO 63303
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Family law attorney, child custody, child support, paternity, adoption, divorce, dissolution of marriage. Traffic, wills, criminal.
Erika J. Wentzel
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St. Charles, MO Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(636) 442-4529 820 S. Main St.
Suite 200
St. Charles, MO 63301
Free ConsultationFamily, Consumer, Divorce and Estate Planning
Saint Louis University School of Law
Erika Wentzel is a partner at Flesner Wentzel. During law school, Erika completed programs in Employment Law, Taxation, and International Law. Erika studied international law in Innsbruck, Madrid, and the Hague. During law school, Erika interned in the human resources department of the Saint Louis Zoo. After law school, Erika volunteered full time for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri as a consumer protection attorney. Erika initially practiced primarily in the areas of consumer protection and estate planning but she has also been working on family law cases since she graduated from Saint Louis University Law School...
John D Kershman
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(855) 805-0595 1506 Chapel Hill Road
Suite H
Columbia, MO 65203
Columbia, MO Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
Family and Divorce
Washington University School of Law
Mr. Kershman is a Partner at Stange Law Firm, PC. He manages the Missouri offices of the firm with the exception of the Arnold, Missouri office. Mr. Kershman received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law. Mr. Kershman is licensed in Missouri. Mr. Kershman was selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 as one of the top up-and-coming lawyers in the State of Missouri. Mr. Kershman is also Lead Counsel Rated for Family Law. Additionally, Mr. Kershman is also an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law....
Jillian Wood
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(636) 940-5900 2268 Bluestone Drive
St. Charles, MO 63303
St. Charles, MO Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Saint Louis University School of Law
Jillian Wood is a Partner at Stange Law Firm, PC. She manages the Illinois offices and the Arnold, Missouri office of the firm. Jillian is based out of the firm's Belleville, Illinois office and represents clients solely in family law matters. Note: The choice of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Jillian Wood is responsible for the content. Principal place of business 120 South Central Ave., Suite 450, St. Louis (Clayton), MO 63105.
Jonathan Kass Glassman
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Clayton, MO Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(314) 378-5781 225 S. Meramec Avenue
Suite 426T
Clayton, MO 63105
Family and Divorce
Washington University in St. Louis
Ron Ribaudo
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Ballwin, MO Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(636) 485-8252 361 Quail View Drive
Ballwin, MO 63021
Family, Appeals, Bankruptcy and Divorce
University of Missouri - Columbia
A former Assistant Attorney General and appellate law clerk, Mr. Ribaudo founded The Ribaudo Law Firm in 2008. Mr. Ribaudo, who has worked on appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Missouri Supreme Court, and the Missouri Court of Appeals (W.D., S.D., and E.D.), is licensed in Missouri. (He previously was admitted to practice in Illinois, Kansas, and New York.) He graduated in the top of his class, and was a (publishing) member of the Missouri Law Review. Mr. Ribaudo's primary practice area is appellate law. In 2007, he...
Chad Hager
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Columbia, MO Family Law Lawyer
(573) 303-0595 1506 Chapel Hill Rd. Suite H
Columbia, MO 65203
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Chad Hager is a Associate Attorney at Stange Law Firm, PC. Stange Law Firm, PC is a family law firm with multiple offices in the St. Louis Metro Area in Missouri and Illinois, including: St. Louis County (Brentwood), Missouri West St. Louis County (Ellisville), Missouri Jefferson County (Arnold), Missouri Franklin County (Union), Missouri Madison County (Edwarsdville), Illinois St. Clair County (Belleville), Illinois St. Louis City, Missouri (By Appointment Only) Call us today at 314-963-4700. *The choice of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements.* Chad Hager is responsible for the content. ...
Jennifer Pugh Alter
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St. Louis, MO Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(314) 932-1067 4500 W Pine Blvd
#100
St. Louis, MO 63108
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Columbia
Jennifer has been practicing law in the St. Louis area since October 2006. Her primary focus is consumer bankruptcy, but she also practices in several other areas, including personal injury, traffic tickets and warrants, and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) violations. She has worked at a large bankruptcy law firm where she handled complex matters and developed an expertise in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases. She has also worked for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee, which has given her a unique insight that is extremely beneficial to clients.
Irene Costas
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Clayton, MO Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(314) 310-0144 200 South Hanley Road
Suite 208
Clayton, MO 63105
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
Saint Louis University School of Law
Ms. Costas focuses her practice on matters concerning commercial, complex litigation and general civil trial matters. She provides focused legal services to clients facing civil matters including: family law, personal injury, probate, and landlord/tenant matters. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Costas worked at Washington University’s School of Medicine Clinical Outcomes Research Office where she devoted her time to studying the impact of co-morbidity on cancer survival.
Simone Haberstock McCartney
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Kirkwood, MO Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(314) 431-0260 1099 Milwaukee Ave.
Suite 40
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Juvenile
Saint Louis University
Simone started her own law firm nearly 30 years ago with a specific mission – to provide competent, strong legal representation that is affordable and supports the individual, not only in making the legal decisions required, but in moving through an often confusing and difficult transition. We know that our approach and our relationships with each client separates us from other lawyers. We try to understand who each client is; hear and identify their unique needs and concerns; and guide them in developing reasonable goals that can help us develop both a vision for...
Dan Pingelton
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Columbia, MO Family Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(573) 449-5091 28 N 8th St
#408
Columbia, MO 65201
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Personal Injury
University of Colorado - Boulder
Marshall Ross Hoekel
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Webster Groves, MO Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(314) 961-6917 130 E. Lockwood Ave.
Webster Groves, MO 63119
Free ConsultationFamily, DWI, Divorce and Insurance Claims
University of Missouri - Columbia
I am a lawyer practicng in Webster Groves, Missouri. I have over 17 years of experience representing individuals in personal injury matters. I also assist families in domestic situations and criminal matters. I can be contacted at 314-961-6917
Sally S. Rajnoha
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Ballwin, MO Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(636) 861-1111 Suite 203
Ballwin, MO 63021
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
Saint Louis University School of Law
Since 1975, Sally has worked in the legal offices of attorney Joel Case. In 1992 she became his partner and they have continued to provide legal services to the West St. Louis County and adjoining areas. Although they have a general law practice, their emphasis is in Family Law, which includes divorce, modifications, child custody, support, and paternity cases. They also write wills, trusts, powers of attorney and administer probate estates in St. Louis County and the surrounding counties.
Charles Webb Taylor
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Saint Charles, MO Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(636) 947-7100 400 North Fifth Street
Suite 110
Saint Charles, MO 63301
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
Washington University School of Law
Born: Alexandria, Virginia Education: University of Missouri-Columbia, B.A. with Honors in Political Science, 1991 Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1994 Awards and Honors: J.G. Heinberg Scholarship for Excellence in Political Science Golden Key National Honor Society 1987-1991 Affiliations and Organizations: Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Society 1987-1991 President, Pro Bono Law Association 1991-1994 Missouri Bar Association 1994-present United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri 1998-present St. Charles County Bar Association 1998-present Probate and Trust Law Committee of the Missouri Bar 2003-present Bio: Mr. Taylor spent three years with...
Michael R. Roby
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St. Charles, MO Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(636) 940-5900 2268 Bluestone Dr.
St. Charles, MO 63303
Family and Divorce
Saint Louis University School of Law
Michael Roby is an Associate Attorney at Stange Law Firm, PC in the St. Charles County office located in St. Charles, Missouri. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri. Michael Roby represents clients in a wide variety of family law matters, including, divorce, child custody, child support, guardianship and other domestic relation matters. Note: The choice of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Michael Roby is responsible for the content. Principle place of business 120 South Central Avenue, Suite 450, St. Louis (Clayton), MO 63105.
Jonathan D Marks
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O'Fallon, MO Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
1001 Boardwalk Spring Pl
O'Fallon, MO 63368
Family and Divorce
University of Missouri - Columbia
Jonathan Marks received his Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1993 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1997. Jonathan is admitted to practice in the State of Missouri, the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the...
Thomas J. Henderson
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St. Louis, MO Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(314) 266-4400 7750 Clayton Rd. Suite 102
St. Louis, MO 63117
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Consumer and Divorce
Saint Louis University School of Law
Mr. Henderson focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, family law, criminal defense, and driving while intoxicated cases. He practices regularly in courts in St. Louis and the surrounding counties and also handles appeals.
Scott Allen Hamblin
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Jefferson City, MO Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(573) 821-4013 312 E. Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Family, Criminal, DWI and Divorce
Gregory Kessler
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Clayton, MO Family Law Lawyer with 46 years experience
(314) 725-8000 231 S Bemiston Ave
Clayton, MO 63105
Family, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Washington University School of Law
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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.


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