It has been a couple of weeks since we last discussed how children experience their parents' divorce. In that post, a woman wrote that going through this experience actually made her a better person in the long run.
When talking about property division and divorce in this blog, we have often used terms like "marital property" and "non-marital" or "separate" property. Some things, like a house purchased during the marriage, are probably pretty clearly going to be marital property, while bank accounts kept in one spouse's name during the marriage have a strong claim for being separate property.
Family law is largely left to each individual state to create and amend. Though a lot of things, such as no-fault divorce, are now available in every state, each state has its own procedure and requirements for getting divorced there. It is important that you don't make a procedural mistake, or else your divorce might get significantly and unnecessarily delayed.
When you want to marry someone, make sure you are not currently married to someone else. Bigamy is against the law in Missouri, so you could find yourself facing criminal charges for trying it. It is also cause to void the second marriage, which could leave your second spouse with no right to pursue property division, spousal support or child support.