What is Collaborative Divorce in St. Louis, Missouri?  

The Missouri Collaborative Institute (“MCI”) is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, practice group organized and dedicated to the promotion of the collaborative law method and its application to the resolution of divorce and family law matters in Missouri. We are made up of collaborative lawyers, mental health and finance professionals. Our goal as an organization is to assist you in teaching an out-of-court settlement to your divorce or family law matter in a private and friendly manner.

We can assist individuals in Missouri in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, including Saint Louis County, St. Louis City, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, Franklin County and Lincoln County, but we can also assist elsewhere in the Missouri, including Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield and beyond. MCI is a also proud member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

The members of this organization are able to assist you with various family law matters, including but not limited to:

  • Divorce – Divorce cases can be extremely difficult to settle due to all the issues that come into play, like child and spousal custody, support, property and debt division and attorney’s fees. Collaborative divorce can assist parties in reaching a settlement.
  • Child Support – Parties oftentimes have a hard time coming to an agreement on a child support amount. Collaborative practice can help parties in resolving child support cases.
  • Paternity – Unmarried parents oftentimes struggle with reaching a custody agreement. Collaborative practice can help parties resolve custody cases.
  • Legal Separation – Some parties choose a legal separation over a divorce because they do not believe the marriage is irretrievably broken. Collaborative practice can help parties reach an agreement as to the separation terms.
  • Motions to Modify – Parties sometimes need to come back to court on custody or support matters due to changing conditions of a substantial and continuing basis. Instead of litigating a motion to modify, an agreement could be reached in the collaborative process in some cases.
  • Contempt – Individuals can sometimes come back to court alleging that one party is not abiding by a prior judgment. In the collaborative process, these kinds of issues can sometimes be resolved.
  • Prenuptial Agreements – Many parties are opting nowadays toward having a premarital agreement prior to walking down the aisle. The collaborative process can help parties in some of these instances.
  • Family Law Matters – There are a wide-range of family law matters that might be right for the collaborative process. If you have any questions, you can contact us.
  • Adoptions – Some adoptions that might otherwise become litigious might be resolved in the collaborative process.
  • Grandparent Visitation – Many grandparents might be concerned about their level one contact with their grandchildren. Instead of litigating a grandparent visitation case, some parties might consider the collaborative process.

There might be other domestic relations matters where collaborative practice can assist. In our blog articles, you can learn more about collaborative practice. You can also call us at 855-595-6679, and ask speak to meet with a collaborative professional, or fill out the contact form below: