How does property get divided in a divorce?

Property division is one of several aspects of filing for divorce, along with child custody, child support and spousal maintenance. When one spouse files for divorce in the State of Kansas, all property owned by either spouse becomes marital property, whether it was acquired before or during the marriage. This includes separately titled property, inherited…

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When and why does the court award spousal maintenance?

Spousal maintenance, also called alimony or spousal support, is a legal obligation imposed on one spouse which is paid to a spouse or former spouse for his or her support. The trial court has broad discretion when determining whether to award spousal maintenance and how much to award, meaning spousal maintenance determinations are unique to…

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What is a default divorce?

Divorce actions involve the issues of dividing property in a fair and equitable manner, child custody and visitation, child support and spousal support. The party beginning the divorce, the Petitioner, files a Petition for Divorce and issues a Summons on the opposing party, the Respondent. When the Respondent fails to plead or otherwise respond to…

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Do I Need a Will?

Do I need a Will? None of us live forever. A Last Will and Testament, (“Will”) lets you plan for the future – after you are gone. It gives us a sense of control regarding what happens upon our own death. For example, if you have minor children, you can designate in your Will, who…

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