Divorce & Family Law
Helping You Through a Difficult Time
At Orrick & Erskine, LLP, we offer a wide range of services to help clients navigate complex family law disputes in both Kansas and Missouri.
With 30 years of legal experience, our attorneys offer efficient representation tailored to meet each client’s specific needs. We guarantee personalized guidance and solid advocacy as we help parties work toward resolution. Our firm has both the requisite background in real estate, tax, and business law to safeguard financial interests, as well as the expertise in domestic litigation to develop practical child custody and parenting plans. With an in-depth understanding of the strain and anxiety that accompanies a family law dispute, we strive to reach workable solutions aimed at protecting the various rights and general well-being of our valued clients.
Our firm provides skilled representation in the following areas:
Contested or Uncontested Divorce, Legal Separation, and Annulment
We understand that every familial dispute is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to solving these types of problems. Whether you and your spouse feel that you can work through a separation cordially, or in the event you foresee a major confrontation, our attorneys are well equipped to protect your rights as we work together towards a peaceful resolution.
Kansas and Missouri provides for equitable division of property between spouses in divorce actions. However, dividing marital property and debt often requires an intricate analysis of a family’s assets and liabilities. A thorough and detailed examination of each client’s financial structure allows us to safeguard monetary interests in cases involving homes, real-estate investments, business investments, retirement accounts, pensions, and gifts.
Spousal Support Obligations
Courts will often award spousal support (“maintenance” or “alimony”) to provide for the reasonable needs of one spouse during and following the dissolution of a marriage. While there is no absolute right to spousal support, courts will look to a variety of factors including the length of the marriage as well as education and career experience of the parties in evaluating whether an award of spousal support may be appropriate. Our attorneys are well-versed in these numerous factors as well as in the local court rules that guide these financial determinations.
Child Support Obligations
All states recognize child’s right to support, often calculated in accordance to a series of guidelines. However, many people find calculating presumptive support can quickly become a series of difficult worksheets and formulas. Our attorneys are trained to examine a family’s financial structure in its entirety in order to ensure clients a fair and equitable child and family support plan.
Child Custody and Parenting Time Plans
When it comes to child custody, courts look to the best interests of the child. Our objective is to effectively understand and communicate our clients’ desires when it comes to developing a plan that works for everyone. Occasionally, parents’ circumstances change and parenting time plans and child custody arrangements may need to change as well. As the court retains jurisdiction over children until the age of emancipation, parenting schedules and support plans can typically be modified to fit a family’s individual needs.