What You Need To Know About Divorce In Kansas
If you and your spouse are ending your marriage, you can count on Colgan Law Firm LLC to provide you with honest answers and strong legal representation. We work to take the confusion out of the divorce process by thoroughly and respectfully explaining your rights and options regarding your marriage, your children and your property.
We have many years of experience in handling family law and divorce issues in Kansas, and we use our knowledge and skills to protect your interests and those of your family — every step of the way.
Spousal support may be awarded to one spouse if the actual incomes of the parties are disproportionate, and Kansas courts have adopted guidelines for awarding spousal support and maintenance. In fact, the judge has broad discretion in these matters, so it is important to have an experienced divorce attorney on your side to make your case, whether you are seeking support or trying to avoid paying it.
In making spousal support decisions, the court will consider the following factors:
- The spouses’ ages
- Present and future earning capacities
- Length of the marriage
- Property owned by the spouses
- Each spouse’s needs
- Time, source and manner of acquisition of property
- Family ties and obligations
- The parties’ overall financial condition
A significant part of our divorce law practice involves educating our clients about their spousal support rights and obligations. If you have questions regarding these matters, contact our law office in Kansas City, Kansas, for a initial consultation.
Our firm is conveniently located close to Fort Leavenworth. We have years of experience in providing strong divorce representation to active-duty personnel and their spouses.
Not every attorney is familiar with the specific issues involved in military divorce, but we are. There may be questions regarding proper service, temporary military benefits, characterization of retirement accounts and child custody and parenting time during deployment, to name a few.
We can advise you in any of these matters, as well as develop effective legal solutions in and out of court.
Dividing Marital Assets And Debts
Generally speaking, any asset acquired by either spouse during the course of the marriage is presumed to be marital property, which is subject to division at the time of divorce.
Kansas law calls for a fair division of marital property, but what is fair is not always an even split, especially when complex assets are involved.
We can help you obtain an accurate accounting and valuation of marital property in order to reach a truly fair settlement. We can also determine whether any property should be regarded as separate and thus excluded from division. Separate property may include inheritances, personal injury awards and property owned prior to the marriage.
It is also important to account for any marital debts that need to be paid. Generally, Kansas courts divide the responsibility to pay marital debts in a fair and equitable manner, based on each party’s ability to pay. We can help ensure that you are not unfairly saddled with debts.
A divorce can take some time to finalize, and one way of protecting your rights and establishing a status quo that could affect the ultimate outcome of your case is to request temporary orders from the court. These can relate to temporary child custody arrangements, temporary possession of property and temporary financial support.
We can advise you as to whether temporary orders are right for your situation. In many cases, temporary orders are not necessary if the divorcing spouses are able to cooperate.
We Know The Courts, And We Know The Judges
As trial attorneys, we prepare each divorce case as if it will go to trial. This approach helps to ensure that your rights are fully protected. In many cases, a courtroom battle is not necessary — in large part because we have prepared our clients’ cases so thoroughly.
Even in a relatively low-conflict divorce, it is important to have an attorney with trial experience on your side. If the other spouse refuses to cooperate or seeks somehow to infringe upon your child custody or property rights, we can quickly intervene on your behalf.
Our office is located in Kansas City, Kansas, and we represent divorcing spouses in Leavenworth, Wyandotte and Johnson counties. We know the courts and the judges, as well as how each one tends to rule on critical issues. This knowledge informs our customized strategy for protecting your interests.
Costs Of Divorce
Generally, if there are no contested issues, a divorce filed by Colgan Law Firm LLC and completed with all necessary hearings and documents might run from $1,200 to $2,000.
However, if it is not possible for the parties to agree on anything, or if the assets of the divorce are complicated and numerous, our firm will provide you with a good-faith estimate of the costs.
Contact An Experienced Divorce Attorney Today
For a initial consultation to discuss your divorce concerns, call 913-721-9999. We know this is a difficult time for you, and we are here to help.