Family Law

Family Law

Nobody goes into marriage with the plan to get divorced. 

Most people try to save their marriage before calling the attorneys. 


Family Law is about planning and handling serious issues that affect the family. 

Pre-marital Planning

Pre-marital planning is an important consideration in today's age of blended families. A prenup can help answer important questions before they become issues.


Divorce sucks. Many of us have been there. When a marriage goes bad, it is like living in hell. Anger bubbles at the surface. You don't trust each other. The passion and love you once felt turned to anger, depression, and sometimes hatred. You need it to end. You can't go on living like that and negotiating the end of your marriage, the death of your family, is too emotional to undertake without help. Some couples are done fighting and their divorce is quick and cheap. Some couples aren't yet done fighting - and it drives expenses. Your attorney should be able to counsel you on what fights are worth fighting and help guide you through this difficult time. That is what we at the Nolan Law Firm, LLC, try to do. We are your sherpa, your guide, and your confidant. There is a bright future for you after this storm. 

General Info

Divorce is one of the main components of family law in Kirksville and Northeast Missouri, but it also includes family-related issues and domestic relations. Separation most often precedes divorce where the parties are able to resolve their issues amicably. In which case, a marital settlement agreement is usually in writing and agreed to by the parties. This is highly recommended and can save thousands of dollars in legal fees. A marital settlement agreement deals with all of the issues between the parties including child custody, child support, distribution of assets, life and health insurance, taxes, retirement accounts, the home, alimony and other issues. This is just an overview as there are many other considerations depending on the circumstances involved.

In such cases where the parties cannot agree an action for divorce will be filed by one party. A dissolution proceeding follows the standard rules of civil procedure where discovery is allowed in the form of interrogatories and requests for production among other processes. Finally a trial ensues and each party presents their cases before a judge who hears all the evidence and makes a final ruling on the issues presented.

Family law in Kirksville also includes such areas as adoption, paternity, emancipation of minors and guardianship among other areas of the law.

When it comes to dealing with the emotional and financial stress encountered in matters of family law, it is important to have the representation of a well-experienced and personally attentive attorney.

At The Nolan Law Firm, we maintain a standard of resolving family law matters in a cost-effective and swift manner. We will proceed with diligence to achieve your goals in the process of family law litigation The variety of issues involving family disputes can be emotionally overwhelming and require a great deal of expertise to manage with delicacy and thoughtful actions.

We want to help you with any requisites you may have in family law such as:

  • Divorce Attorney
  • Child Support Orders
  • Spousal Support (Alimony)
  • Modification of Custody or Support Orders
  • Division of Marital Assets
  • Child Custody
  • Visitation
  • Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders

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