Protecting Your Rights In Missouri Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance or support — what used to be called “alimony” — is often the most contentious source of conflict in otherwise cordial divorce proceedings. When maintenance payments might be a factor in your divorce, it is crucial to choose an experienced attorney. The exceptional team of attorneys at Ritchie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, has more than 60 years of combined experience in the field of family law.

With offices in St. Joseph, Liberty and Columbia, the family law attorneys at Ritchie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, shepherd families in Missouri and Kansas through the divorce process. We handle each case with respect and compassion, and offer no-nonsense, pragmatic advice when you need it most.

Basic Facts About Maintenance

In determining the appropriate amount of maintenance to be paid (if any), there are a number of factors to consider such as:

  • Duration of the marriage
  • Standard of living during the marriage
  • The age of the spouses, and of any children
  • The employment options and earning potential of each spouse
  • Nonmarital assets and division of assets in the divorce settlement
  • Misconduct that may have prompted the divorce

Because the amount of spousal support is not determined by easy guidelines, it is crucial to have an experienced lawyer on your side. At Ritchie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, we will work hard to help you get a settlement that is fair.

In Missouri, spousal maintenance is generally modifiable — it can be increased, decreased or terminated as circumstances change. On occasion, non-modifiable maintenance may be a creative way to meet the specific financial needs and goals of the parties.

Our Approach

At Ritchie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, we will try very hard to resolve your case efficiently, so you can move on with your life. Should a trial become necessary, we have the experience to litigate successfully on your behalf. While too many divorce clients are focused on short-term needs, we will also help you consider your long-term goals so that your settlement helps you start your new life on the right foot. And we will always tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.

Discuss Your Spousal Support Concerns With Us

Our qualified paralegals form part of our community-oriented team and will make it easier for you to reach a staff member who is familiar with your case as you move through the divorce process. For a Missouri spousal maintenance lawyer who is effective and compassionate, contact Ritchie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, at our St. Joseph location by calling 816-387-8200; our Liberty location by calling 816-792-5100; our Columbia location by calling 573-442-6633; or call us toll free at 888-345-4LAW (4529), or send us an email.